Applying for a Title of Docent

According to the Universities Act, a university may by application grant the title of docent to a person who has comprehensive knowledge of their own field, a capacity for independent research or artistic work as demonstrated by publications or some other manner, and good teaching skills.

Adhering to the recruitment guidelines and recruitment competence of the University, the Rector may grant the title of docent at the proposal of the Dean of the faculty to a person who meets the title's requirements of the Universities Act and in whose field a need exists in the faculty.

The prerequisite for granting the title of docent is that the applicant has, in addition to their doctoral thesis, published scientific/artistic research which expands their field of study and corresponds to at least one other dissertation having good scientific/artistic significance, quality and quantity. The applicant is also expected to show that they have created an independent career as a researcher or their own research profile, and are doing active research.

The unit/faculty defines the field of the docentship.

The application should be addressed to the Faculty of Technology. The specification of the field of the docentship should be stated in the application. The applicant delivers all the needed material in electronic form to the director (professor) of his/her tesearch unit.

Before submitting an application, the applicant should discuss the application with the professor who is responsible for the relevant discipline at the Faculty.

Granting the Title of Docent, Guidelines of the University of Oulu

Title of docent application form

When applying for the title of docent at the Faculty of Technology at the University of Oulu, the instructions "Granting the title of Docent" given 2.10.2014 by the University of Oulu, and the following additional instructions given by the Faculty of Technology, are to be followed.

Required documents from the applicant for the application of docentship in the Faculty of Technology:

Instructions for the teaching demonstration:

The applicant may decide on the topic of the teaching demonstration within the field of the applied docentship. The duration of the demonstration lecture is exactly 20 minutes. The applicant is required to mention the field of the applied docentship in the beginning of the lecture. The lecture is supposed to consist of personal views and recommendations on important research and teaching themes related to the field of the docentship. The lecture may also include the applicantĀ“s ideas on his/her contribution to the research and teaching in the field of the docentship. The teaching demonstration is evaluated both on basis of the content of the lecture and on basis of presentation skills of the applicant.

The teaching demonstration will be evaluated by the Faculty of Technology recruitment committee.

Last updated: 6.2.2019