Research Director in Regional Excellence University of Oulu, Kerttu Saalasti Institute (UO KSI) Finland

Research Director in Regional Excellence



The University of Oulu is an international science university creating new knowledge, well-being and innovation for the future through multidisciplinary research and education. The University of Oulu contributes to solving global challenges by combining multidisciplinary approaches, high level research and fruitful collaborations in the five focus areas: 1. Creating sustainability through materials and systems, 2. Molecular and environmental basis for lifelong health, 3. Digital solutions in sensing and interactions, 4. Earth and near-space system and environmental change, 5. Understanding humans in change.


University of Oulu, Kerttu Saalasti Institute (UO KSI) is an international research institute focusing on Operational Excellence of Micro-Enterprises in three research groups:


Microentrepreneurship MicroENTRE,

Future Manufacturing Technologies (FMT) and

Regional Excellence, in which the new position is opened


UO KSI provides and mediates scientific knowledge, develops new technological innovations and acts as a reliable partner in international project collaborations. We work with the University of Oulu faculties as well as with national and international partner universities and research institutes. The impact of research on society and regional development is an important part of our mission.


For strengthening its scientific profile in Regional Excellence, UO KSI announces a new position of Research Director for highly talented individuals who hold a doctoral degree (or higher) and have excellent potential for a successful scientific career:


Research Director, Regional Excellence


The emphasis in this position is on regional excellence. It is increasingly important to provide evidence-based knowledge of the regional factors, processes and/or mechanisms that enable dynamic growth and vitality at the micro-level. Prominent research areas related to this position include, but are not limited to, regional innovation systems and/or ecosystems in global context, regional growth strategies and smart specialization, regional development policies in the arctic, regional development in the European cohesion policy, and the role of universities and research infrastructures in regional innovation systems. An example of a unique, multi-disciplinary research infrastructure is the underground facilities of Callio Lab in Pyhäsalmi mine. Kerttu Saalasti Institute coordinates the collaboration of the Callio Lab research community.


The applicant is expected to have a doctoral degree in an applicable research field (e.g. geography and regional studies, geoinformatics, regional policy, economics, industrial engineering and management, sociology and other related sciences and/or engineering research) a track record in scientific publications, a convincing research vision and plan in field of the position applied. Furthermore, the applicant should be able to lead a multidisciplinary research group, raise international funding, and contribute strategically into regional, national and international networks. Fluency in English and good command in Finnish is required.


The position is a fixed-term position for three years. The position is filled as of 1.8.2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. A trial period of six (6) months is applied in the position.


The salary will be based on the levels 6 – 7 of the demand level chart for teaching and research personnel of the salary system of Finnish Universities. In addition to the basic salary of the appropriate level, supplementary salary will be given for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 50 % of the basic salary level for the position. The salary range is roughly 4500-5500 €/month.


The position is placed at the Kerttu Saalasti Institute in Nivala. There is a possibility to conduct part of the working time in in Oulu at the Linnanmaa campus. 


Other benefits: The UO KSI offers a dynamic academic working community with 40 employees. Around quarter of the UO KSI staff are at the post-doc or higher academic levels and a great majority of us focus on research. UO KSI supports both your academic career development and work-life balance (including flexible working hours etc.). The successful candidate will receive full benefits provided to the university employees, including free time corresponding to holidays and free occupational health care services.




Applications, together with all relevant appendixes, should be submitted electronically by Jun 7, 2019.


The application should be written in English and the following information needs to be included:

1) an application/ motivation letter with contact information

2) a curriculum vitae

3) list of publications, ten most important ones marked

4) central merits and activities related to the applied position (research, teaching, acquisition of research funding) (max 1 page)

6) applicant’s vision of research and an action plan (max 2 pages)

7) contact details of 2 - 4 persons available for recommendation.


For further information, please contact:

Director, Professor Matti Muhos, matti.muhos (at), +358 400 407590

Development Manager Eija-Riitta Niinikoski, eija-riitta.niinikoski (at), +358 400 919310

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