The University of Oulu is looking for a Rector for the upcoming five-year term

The University of Oulu is looking for a Rector for a five-year term starting January 1, 2025, to lead the operations of a multidisciplinary university. The Rector is responsible for the economical, efficient, and effective discharge of the university mission, as well as the implementation of the university's strategy and development.

In addition to the duties specified in the Universities Act and the University of Oulu's regulations, the key tasks and objectives for the Rector in the upcoming term include

  • promoting high international standards in research and education, as well as societal impact
  • ensuring the long-term balance of the University of Oulu's finances and funding
  • promoting collaboration and good governance within the university community
  • promoting the competencies and well-being of staff, and
  • enhancing the vitality and regional development of Northern Finland.

The selected candidate for the Rector position is required to have a doctoral degree, the ability and professional skills needed for the role, and good leadership skills proven in practice. Excellent proficiency in Finnish and English is required, as well as sufficient proficiency in Swedish. Additional language skills are considered as an advantage.
To succeed in the role, applicants are expected to have, among other things,

  • experience in successful and inclusive leadership of large expert organizations
  • strong financial competence and knowledge of university administration and funding
  • strong competence and networks in research and education, and visions for the future
  • diverse experience and networks in society and business
  • excellent interaction, communication, and presentation skills, and
  • relevant international experience for the role.

The application period is open until July 26, 2024. The recruitment process includes interviews, a personal assessment and an event with the university community for the top candidates in late August. The Board of Directors of the University of Oulu will elect the Rector for a five-year term starting January 1, 2025. The selection will be carried out approximately in September-October 2024.

Read more about the position and apply through the Varbi recruitment system of the University of Oulu

Last updated: 3.6.2024