Tenure Track Position in Micro and Nanoelectronic Biosensor Devices for Biomedical Applications
University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Tenure Track Position in Micro and Nanoelectronic Biosensor Devices for Biomedical Applications

The University of Oulu (UO) is an international scientific community, with 16 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests, modern research, study environment, and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes. UO has newly decided upon its focus areas of research. The University of Oulu researchers contribute to solving global challenges by combining multidisciplinary approaches, high level research and fruitful collaborations in the following 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. Collaboration across scientific fields is strongly encouraged and supported within the University.


More information http://www.oulu.fi/english/.

Digital Health (DigiHealth) research programme

Digital Health (DigiHealth) research programme and hub is part of the University of Oulu’s national profiling actions. It is designed to do world-class interdisciplinary research and become nationally the strongest research programme strengthening health care services, diagnostics and therapies in the new digital era. The primary aim of DigiHealth is to develop and validate novel digital technologies for data-driven health applications, valorizing University of Oulu’s strong expertise in medicine, wireless solutions, big data analytics and business. The programme’s focus is crucial as novel technologies and technological solutions (e.g., artificial intelligence, internet of things, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, robotics, 5G/6G) are becoming more intelligent, invisible and ubiquitous to be utilized for data-driven health applications. Several international breakthroughs are expected within the DigiHealth related to development and applications of novel digitalized solutions to predict progression of diseases and in offering personalized therapies in a cost-effective and patient-centric way. New discoveries in the programme will build on interdisciplinary collaboration providing transformative knowledge aiming to strengthen the health technology ecosystem of Oulu.


Specific research areas of the DigiHealth are:

1) Next-generation data for digital healthcare focusing on bioinformatics and novel biosensors,

2) Wireless system level architectures for future digital healthcare,

3) AI-based solutions to support personalized clinical diagnostic or therapeutic decisions,

4) Systematic impact creation and health technology assessment


The DigiHealth includes four faculties (Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, and Oulu Business School) and 31 Principal Investigators linked to four above-mentioned research areas.


The following job is open at the University of Oulu, FINLAND


Tenure Track Position in Micro and Nanoelectronic Biosensor Devices for Biomedical Applications


The post:
A tenure track position in micro and nanoelectronic biosensor devices for biomedical applications for a five-year period (3+2 years). Based on experience and competence, the successful applicant will be placed at the Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Full Professor level of the four-level tenure track system of the University of Oulu. The position will be located within one or several of the following faculties at the University of Oulu: 1) Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, 2) Faculty of Medicine, or 3) Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine.


In line with the strategic objectives of UO, it is anticipated that the candidate focuses on innovative micro and nanoelectronic biosensor devices for biomedical applications aiming at point-of-care diagnostics, disease-, sports- and wellness biomonitoring. Research in multidisciplinary group includes the development of novel biosensor concepts and their validation in relevant environment. Research addressing biochemistry and bioinformatics is performed at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine and Faculty of Medicine, while the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering provides resources to accomplish research on hardware, device control and data communication of sensors.


Accordingly, we are seeking for an enthusiastic scientist having background in micro/nanofabrication as well as in surface/biochemistry that in turn enable novel biomedical biosensor devices for identifying and quantifying biomolecules and markers by the means of e.g. chemical, electrochemical and/or optical detection.


Required qualifications:

The candidate shall be a dynamic individual who provides vision, leadership and guidance in the multidisciplinary field of biomedical sensing, research and translational medicine. The qualified candidate will work closely with multiple departments to assemble interdisciplinary teams with the aim at developing and investigating new sensor technologies. The candidate should be active in national and international networks and capable of building international research projects and lead them. The projects should provide significant impact on both academia and industry.


Qualifications of a successful candidate include a doctoral degree in a relevant field such as biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology, biomedical engineering, medicine, electrical engineering, materials science or nanotechnology. We anticipate high quality scientific competence, experience in fundraising and project management, ability to teach classes and supervise doctoral theses, as well as evidence of international collaboration in his/her field of research (see section 33, Universities’ Act).


The tenure track position will start in spring 2020 by mutual agreement with the successful applicant. Researchers appointed to tenure track positions may advance their career through the tenure track process.


Required qualifications and career advancement at each tenure track level: Career advancement in the tenure track system is based on assessments of the candidate’s performance and merits. The advancement assistant professor – associate professor – professor is described in the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines: http://www.oulu.fi/university/node/38379. Being granted continuation for the position requires meeting the below-mentioned criteria as well as successful research work as indicated in the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines.


Required Qualifications at Assistant Professor and Associate Professor Level of the Tenure Track:

Assistant Professor:

When appointing a person to the position of an assistant professor the applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

Only doctors who have finished their doctoral thesis less than ten years ago can be appointed to the position of an assistant professor;
The applicant has a PhD in a relevant field and has research potential, (publications, especially internationally refereed publications; participating in acquiring funding / funding granted);
The applicant is expected to have national and international collaboration record;
Experience in teaching and supervision of students.

Associate Professor:

When appointing a person to the position of an associate professor the applicants are evaluated based on the following additional criteria:

Publications on an international level (dissemination, quality of the publication forums, references to the publications);
Active role in the research training, acquisition of external funding, ideally working in more than one research facility during one’s career (in most fields represented at the University of Oulu this signifies working abroad or in a different research unit, faculty or industry);
An active role in the international scientific community, acknowledgements and awards.
When assessing the applicant’s merits, issues taken into consideration include scientific publications and other research achievements, teaching experience, pedagogical training and other teaching merits. In addition, the applicant’s activity in the scientific community, practical familiarity within the field concerned, and success in acquiring domestic and international research funding, scientific work abroad and other international activities will be taken into consideration. Industrial experience and commercialization of scientific results are strong merits.



The salary of the appointee will be based on the demand level chart for teaching and research staff in Finnish Universities. In addition to the basic salary for the appropriate tenure track level, a supplementary salary will be paid for personal achievement and performance, rising to a maximum of 50% of the basic salary level for the post. The salary will thus be roughly 3500 – 5000 €/month for an assistant professor and 4400 – 6200 €/month for an associate professor and 5800-7200. A hired candidate will also receive a start-up package which will be negotiated after the formal acceptance of the position.


A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of a contract.



Applications, together with all relevant enclosures should be submitted electronically by 16th February 2019.

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

1) an application letter with contact information. The application letter must include information on which tenure track level the applicant is to be evaluated, assistant professor, associate professor or full professor.

2) a curriculum vitae following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (tutkimuseettinen neuvottelukunta). The guidelines are available at https://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae

3) a brief description of the action plan of the proposed research and the long term vision (max 3 pages)

4) list of publications, ten most important ones marked within the publication list (e.g. by color coding or *)

5) a brief account of research merits (max 1 page)

6) a brief account of teaching merits or a teaching portfolio and teaching plans (max 2 pages)

7) acquisition of research funds, project leadership and international collaborator networks


Evaluation: The selection procedure will be carried out by a Recruitment Committee according to the UO guidelines.


Contact details:
For further information and enquiries about this post, and about the application and selection procedures, please contact:

Simo Saarakkala, Professor, Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, and Head of Infotech Oulu, simo.saarakkala (at) oulu.fi

Krisztian Kordas, Professor, Research Unit of Microelectronics, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, krisztian.kordas (at) oulu.fi


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