the University of Oulu has an opening for one faculty position at the level of Full Professor in Information Systems (IS). The field of the position has been specified as information systems. The position is located at the Department of Information Processing Science, Faculty of Science. Altogether, there are 9 professors at the Department, in the fields of information systems and software engineering. In addition, there are 11 lecturer positions, 8 postdoctoral positions, 6 teachers, and 7 doctoral student positions. Other permanent staff consists of 6 persons. In addition, there are researchers funded by external financing. The total number of personnel is about 100.
The deadline for applications is September 3rd 2012. Full call for applications describing also the procedure is available at https://dl.dropbox.com/u/57895612/01-06-12-TOL_professor_information_systems.rtf
The official text in the call for application may give an impression that we are searching in the first place a traditional business school IS person, but in reality the scope of IS in Oulu is considerably broader than that. After all, the person to be selected will be one of my own closest colleagues (just waiting to dump some of my teaching load to her or him :-)). So applicants with a background, say, in Scandinavian informatics, CSCW, or HCI are equally welcome (as is also any EUSSET person!). To illustrate, there is currently research going on with topics such as IT support for the care of elderly, for the activities of preschool children, and for participatory urban planning; the last paper I have helped to write was about remote video guidance for self-service kiosks.
With respect to Oulu as a research environment I would like to mention one special issue. The city of Oulu has created one of the best public ubicomp infrastructures in the whole Europe (mainly due to the heroic efforts of our close colleagues at the faculty of technology), leading even to certain international recognition – Oulu was recently selected as one of the 21 „smartest“ communities in the world (see http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&srctype=detail&category=Awards&refno=653), together with only Frankfurt, Heraklion, and Barcelona from Europe. A good, multidisciplinary research community has already been formed around the infrastructure, and the everyday use of it is just crying for more research and researchers…