University Lecturer / University Teacher, Bioinformatics, Data Science and Statistics – Institute of Biomedicine, University of Eastern Finland



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 15,500 students and 2,500 members of staff. We operate in Joensuu and Kuopio. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading universities in the world.

The Faculty of Health Sciences operates at the Kuopio Campus of the University of Eastern Finland. The Faculty offers education in medicine, dentistry, nutrition and pharmacy, as well as in some other central fields of the health care sector. The Faculty is research-intensive, and its internationally recognised research activities are closely linked to the strategic research areas of the University. There are approximately 2 500 degree students and about 450 PhD students in the Faculty. The faculty has 680 staff members. http://www.uef.fi/en/ttdk/etusivu

We are now inviting applications for

a University Lecturer / University Teacher (Bioinformatics, Data Science and Statistics) position, School of Medicine, Institute of Biomedicine, Kuopio Campus

The position is available in computational biomedicine, with a focus on teaching in the Master’s Degree Programme in Biomedicine and in the life-long learning curriculum that includes summer schools and online courses.

The appointee will primarily teach in English, and contact teaching will form approximately 25% of working time. The main role of the appointee will be to actively develop course materials and participate in the supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD theses in this field. Towards this end, the appointee will also work actively (approximately 25% working time) with the expert communities in both teaching and research to develop new skills, i) by participating in ongoing research projects carried out at the Institute of Biomedicine and the UEF Bioinformatics Centre and ii) co-managing national and international teaching networks in biomedicine.

When assessing the qualifications of applicants, attention will be paid to the following:
• Scientific merits, especially publications in the fields of bioinformatics, data science and statistics (or similar)
• Teaching and supervision experience and other teaching merits
• Pedagogical training: in particular training and experience in developing online courses (SPOCs/MOOCs)
• Production of learning material: in particular experience in developing computer class exercises in data analysis
• Teaching demonstration
• Applicants who do not yet hold a PhD degree are also encouraged to apply if sufficient practical skills can be demonstrated. In this case, the position will be filled at the university teacher level.

A person to be appointed as a University Lecturer shall hold a suitable doctoral degree and have good teaching skills (UEF University Regulations, Section 31).A University Teacher shall hold a suitable higher university degree, have good practical familiarity with the domain and have and have good teaching skills (UEF University Regulations, Section 31).

The position is initially filled for a fixed-term of four years. The full-time position will start in August, 2020, or earlier/later by agreement. The position is filled fixed term due to design and development of bioinformatics major subject in the Master’s Programme in Biomedicine.

The salary of the position of University Lecturer is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on levels 5 – 7 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (€2,935.55 – 3,946.50/month). The salary of the position of University Teacher is based on level 5 (€2,935.55/month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 50 % of the job requirement component.

For further information on the position, please contact Associate Professor Merja Heinäniemi, +358 29 445 4256, merja.heinaniemi@uef.fi. For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR Secretary Tellervo Rajanto, tellervo.rajanto@uef.fi, +358 29 445 4278.

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

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:
a résumé or CV  
a list of publications 
– a motivation letter
– a portfolio of teaching merits (can be included in the cv)
– 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
– scientific merits and research

The application needs to be submitted no later than 5.5.2020 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.