Tenure Track

Tenure track career path

The researchers and teachers working at the University of Oulu may work in either a tenure track position or a non-tenure track position (personal, four-stage research career). A researcher appointed to a tenure track position has the opportunitey to  advance in their career through the tenure track process and be appointed to a permanent position as a Professor or a Distinguished Professor.

The criteria, eligibility conditions and specifications of tenure periods of the different position stages follow the same principles as those of the four-stage researcher career: Tenure Track Assistant Professor equals to Postdoctoral Researcher, and Tenure Track Associate Professor equals to Senior Research Fellow.


Tenure track guidelines


  • The University of Oulu has faculty specific tenure positions and university level tenure track programmes.
  • A commitment to a long-term funding within the scope of the university’s, faculty’s and the unit’s financial situation is always required for a tenure track position.
  • The faculty or a steering group of the tenure programme (research council) will launch the process to fill a tenure position. 
  • Tenure track application processes are always open internationally. 
  • Based on the experience and qualifications of the person selected the position may be Assistant Professor / Associate Professor / Professor / Distinguished professor. 
  • Excellent scientific quality is required when fulfilling the positions (world-class level, Academy of Finland scoring 5–6 out of 6, excellent-outstanding), which is verified by external evaluations by high-level international researchers. 
  • When filling a tenure position, a recruiting committee is appointed by the Dean or the programme’s steering group. The committee will also assess the progress from one level to the next based on expert evaluations.
  • Before selecting a candidate or moving a person from one level to the next, the appointment will be proposed to the University’s shared tenure track committee (research council or a separate committee appointed by it), the duty of which is to ensure that the persons appointed to tenure positions meet the requirement level of a high-class researcher and that the evaluation process has been of high standard and international.
  • In case the applicants do not meet the requirements, the recruitment will not take place, the continuation period is not granted, or the person is not appointed to a permanent position.

The following guidelines must be followed both in the initial recruitment phase and in promotion from one position level to the next:

  • The recruiting committee introduces the applicants, their merits and the evaluation process to the Dean and makes a proposal for appointment; the dean presents the appointment proposal to the Research Council or the tenure track committee appointed by it
  • The final recruitment decisions are made in accordance with the Rector’s decision for delegation after approval by the tenure track committee
  • When filling a professor position, the invitation procedure according to the Universities Act will be adhered to

Preparations for promoting a person appointed to a tenure track position to the next career level will be initiated by the director of the unit 18 months before the end of the term of the tenure track position. The person submits an application with a CV to the recruiting committee, and the committee acquires two to four statements from high-level international researchers approved by the Research Council and presents the appointment proposal to the dean.


Last updated: 12.11.2019