Qualifications for teaching and research staff according to the Regulations of the University

Level 4

Professor

An appointee to a professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and have top level scholarly qualifications, experience in the supervision of scientific research, the ability to provide top level teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations as well as documentation of international cooperation in the research field that the appointee represents. Holders of professorships shall also be required to have the skills necessary for serving as an academic leader.

Research director and senior curator

An appointee to the position of research director or senior curator shall hold equivalent qualifications as an appointee to a professorship, but when considering qualifications, special attention shall be paid to scientific work, the efficient leadership of a research group, success in obtaining external research funding and evidence of international research cooperation.

Level 3

University lecturer and clinical instructor

An appointee to the position of university lecturer or clinical instructor shall hold an applicable doctoral degree and be able to provide high quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations.

A person who is especially well diversified in a specific field may also be considered as clinical instructor, even though he or she only has a licentiate’s degree.

University researcher, senior researcher, research coordinator and curator

An appointee to the position of university researcher, senior researcher, research coordinator or curator shall hold a doctoral degree and have evidence of scholarly research work as well as the teaching skills necessary for the position.

The positions of university researcher and senior researcher shall require the ability to lead a research group and obtain supplementary research funding. The position of research coordinator shall require, in particular, the ability to administer research projects and their finances. When selecting the appointee, scholarly work outside Finland and evidence of international cooperation shall be given particular consideration.

Assistant professor

(1st employment contract in the tenure track system)

Associate professor

(2nd employment contract in the tenure track system)

These titles are only used in fixed-term employment contracts that are part of the tenure track system for teaching and research staff and should lead to level 4, i.e. professorship. The Rector has issued a resolution on the application of the tenure track system on 1 March 2012. For further information, please see the Tenure Track System.

Level 2

Post-doctoral researcher

An appointee to the position of post-doctoral researcher shall hold a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position.

The person will typically hold this post-doc position from 3 to 5 years.

University instructor

An appointee to the position of university instructor shall hold an applicable second-cycle degree and have teaching experience. Pedagogical training and the ability to produce learning material and provide diverse teaching shall be particularly appreciated.

Only used in a limited manner in very practical positions.

Level 1

Doctoral student

An appointee to the position of doctoral student shall hold a second-cycle degree and have an approved research proposal. Other requirements shall include the ability and motivation, as demonstrated in previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal.

A student who is pursuing postgraduate studies alongside undergraduate studies may also be appointed as a doctoral student if such an arrangement is based on a confirmed postgraduate system in the faculty.

Specialising physician/dentist/veterinarian

The aim is specialisation in a certain field within medicine, dental or veterinary medicine. Part of the working hours are used in the student’s own specialisation studies.

Research and teaching assistant

Only an undergraduate student may be employed as research and teaching assistant. The work should be related to the person’s studies. If this is not the case, the person in question will be included in the other staff as, e.g. technical assistant.