Tenure Track position in Social and Health Management

The University of Vaasa is implementing its research-focused strategy, centred around a 10 million Euro investment programme. We are building up our research capabilities by opening up to 20 new Tenure Track positions. Our future-oriented investments will create a highly dynamic and supportive research environment. These Tenure Track positions will offer successful applicants an excellent opportunity to build up a multifaceted academic career.

We are now inviting applications primarily for the position of Professor in Social and  Health Management. However, applicants for the positions of Assistant and Associate Professor (Tenure Track) may also be considered. The level of appoinment depends on the merits and career stage of the applicant.

Task description

The research profile of this position focuses on social and health management. The research is specifically targeted towards the welfare state, welfare systems and organizations: on reforms and policies, citizen participation, management and service provision. This includes research from the perspectives of welfare governance, complexity and deliberative democracy. We value research on cooperation and networking with/between a variety of institutions and welfare organizations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Research will also focus on the development of new implementation models, more effective leadership, and innovative digital service delivery in social and health sector organisations.

The expected areas of expertise and interest can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Analysis of public sector capabilities in adapting to changes in society, policy and service systems. 
  • Patient-centred innovations and the role of patient innovations in service system and welfare policy renewal.
  • Development of complexity leadership and organizational agility in welfare service provision.
  • Issues concerning the digitalization of services and digital system development.
  • Interactions between public sector, business and voluntary-sector organizations in shared service provision.

The Tenure Track position is research-orientated, but the appointed person will also be expected to acquire external funding, deliver high-quality teaching and theses supervision, actively participate in activities within the scientific community and university administration, as well looking to create societal impact through their work. The teaching and supervision will be connected to the degree programmes in Administrative Sciences, the Master’s Programme in Social and Health Management in Helsinki and the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences. The annual working time is 1624 hours and tasks are agreed in more detail in the appointed person's Annual Work Plan.

This Tenure Track position is located in the School of Management. The position holder will carry out research with InnoLab, our multidisciplinary open research platform. It has focus on open and user innovation, entrepreneurship, and public sector innovation and renewal. Activities in research are also linked to the Public Policy and Organizations research group. 

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Your profile and requirements

All applicants should have a relevant doctorate degree, as well as excellent academic merits and a demonstrated potential for conducting outstanding research. We are particularly interested in applicants with multidisciplinary interests and strong records of, or potential for, excellence in teaching. Experience in obtaining research project funding as well as high-quality scientific publishing are both highlighted aspects for potential applicants. Applicants will also be evaluated on the basis of the relevancy and innovativeness of their preliminary research plan that will demonstrate how they would approach the phenomena related to the research platform from the point of view of their own research field.

Please see the Particulars of Appointment for more detailed information on the tasks, the requirements and process for filling the position 

In Finnish: Täyttösuunnitelma, Sosiaali- ja terveyshallintotiede

In English: Particulars of Appointment, Social and Health Management

Salary and benefits

We recognise and reward personnel in a number of ways, including financial rewards for publications of high classification. As an employer we invest in the well-being of our personnel by offering flexible working hours, extensive occupational healthcare, as well as opportunities for training and competence development. We also provide regular language courses for staff members. Relocation assistance is offered to candidates relocating from outside of Finland. Read more about working with us at: www.univaasa.fi/careers

The salary for these Tenure Track positions is based on the Finnish University Salary System for Teaching and Research Staff. A Professor's salary level is based on demand levels 8-10. The demand levels for an Associate Professor’s position are 6-7 and an Assistant Professor's 5-6. An additional personal salary component is paid based on work performance.  An annual holiday bonus is paid to all employees in July. Each University of Vaasa employee automatically belongs to a pension scheme and the majority of the pension contributions are paid by the employer.

On your way to becoming a Professor – Tenure Track at the University of Vaasa

The University’s Tenure Track process offers the appointed person an opportunity to advance to become a Professor in their discipline. The selected candidate can advance to the next career stage provided that he/she succeeds in the regular evaluations of the Tenure Track scheme. On the basis of the candidate’s experience and competence, he/she may be employed for a fixed term as Assistant Professor (2-5 years) or Associate Professor (3-5 years). A person fulfilling all of the qualification requirements and demonstrating particular merits may be appointed to the position of Professor on a permanent basis. Further information about the Tenure Track procedure and working with us can be found at: https://www.univaasa.fi/en/rekry/hakuprosessi/yliopistoura/

How to apply
To apply for the position, please use our online application system (using the “Leave an application” button below). In order for us to process your application, please ensure that you fill out the application form and include all the attachments as specified in the Particulars of Appointment. The application period ends midnight 18th August 2019 (Finnish time, GMT +3).

More Information

  • Starting date: as agreed on appointment
  • The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a trial period of 6 months.
  • More information about the position: 
    • Jari Kuusisto, Rector, tel. +358 29 449 8291, e-mail: jari.kuusisto(a)univaasa.fi
    • Adam Smale, Dean, School of Management, tel. +358 29 449  8446, e-mail: adam.smale(a)univaasa.fi  
    • Mari K. Niemi, Director of the research platform InnoLab, tel. +358 29 449 8510, e-mail: mari.k.niemi(a)univaasa.fi   
    • Inquiries about the online application system: careers(a)univaasa.fi

Due to the summer holidays in July, please note that there may be a delay in replies.  

Applying starts: 2019-06-27 15:00Applying ends: 2019-08-18 23:59