Open position: Associate Professor, Micro- and nanofabrication for Photonics (Tenure Track)

Wednesday October 11th, 2017
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Associate Professor, Micro- and nanofabrication for Photonics (Tenure Track)
The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,000 students and 2,500 members of staff. We operate on three campuses in Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading universities in the world.

The Faculty of Science and Forestry operates on the Kuopio and Joensuu campuses of the University of Eastern Finland. The mission of the faculty is to carry out internationally recognised scientific research and to offer research-education in the fields of natural sciences and forest sciences. The faculty invests in all of the strategic research areas of the university. The faculty’s environments for research and learning are international, modern and multidisciplinary.  The faculty has approximately 3,800 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students and some 490 postgraduate students. The number of staff amounts to 560.

We are now inviting applications for

an Associate Professor in micro- and nanofabrication for Photonics, Tenure Track position,Department of Physics and Mathematics, Joensuu Campus

The currently open position will strengthen the activities of the university’s strategic research areas. Please see:

The Associate Professor in micro- and nanofabrication for Photonics will carry out independent research in the field of nanophotonics. It is expected that the research carried out by the Associate Professor will strengthen research on Applied Photonics at the Department of Physics and Mathematics. His/her research direction should be such that it will greatly benefit from the existing research infrastructure of the department. In particular, efficient use of the state-of-the-art nanofabrication facilities at the department is expected. The Associate Professor will teach graduate level courses in Photonics and will participate in improving the curriculum and Photonics teaching at the department. He/she will supervise Photonics students, both at the MSc and PhD levels, and will also have other duties at the university. Furthermore, the Associate Professor is expected to raise research funding, initiate international research networks in the field of Photonics and serve in academic and societal expert roles.

The person can enter the Tenure Track position from the Associate Professor level. At the end of the term, the merits of the person will be evaluated to determine whether he or she can proceed to the next level in the Tenure Track without public notice of vacancy. The criteria, objectives and results to be achieved during the term in order to proceed to the next level of the Tenure Track will be agreed with the appointee in detail when signing the contract of employment. An Associate Professor can be invited to a professorship on the basis of expert statements.

A person to be appointed as an associate professor in the Tenure Track shall hold a suitable doctoral degree and have good teaching skills. Furthermore, a person to be appointed as an associate professor in the Tenure Track shall have the prerequisites for fulfilling the qualification requirements of a professor by the end of the Tenure Track term (UEF University Regulations, Section 31).

Scientific achievements in the field of the position (to be demonstrated through publications) and previous experience in university-level teaching, supervision of Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral students, responsible tasks in research projects, acquisition of research funding and engagement in international cooperation will be regarded as merits. A successful applicant will also have good cooperation skills.

English may be used as the language of instruction and supervision in this position.

The position will be filled for a fixed term of 4 years from 1 April 2018 or as agreed. The position is filled for a fixed term due to it being a fixed-term research and teaching position (Tenure Track).

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on level 7 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (€ 3,851.33). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 46.3% of the job requirement component.

For further information on the position, please contact: Professor Seppo Honkanen, tel. +358 50 560 5287, email: Seppo For further information on the application procedure, please contact: Executive Head of Administration Arja Hirvonen, tel. +358 44 716 3422, email:

A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The electronic application is required to contain the following appendices:

– a résumé or CV 
– a portfolio of teaching merits
– a list of publications
– a research proposal not exceeding five pages in length
– copies of the applicant’s academic degree certificates/ diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to the applicant’s language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas

The application needs to be submitted no later than November 10, 2017 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form. Please use a following link ” apply for the job” to submit your application.

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