University of Oulu


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The University of Oulu is a multidisciplinary, international research university, with about 3,600 employees who produce new knowledge based on high-standards research and provide research based education to build a more sustainable, smarter, and more humane world. The University of Oulu community has about 17,000 people in total. Our northern scientific community operates globally and creates conditions for the emergence of innovations.  

We are now looking for

a Rector

for the University of Oulu to lead the operations of our multidisciplinary university. As the Rector, you will be responsible for the economical, efficient, and effective discharge of the university mission, as well as the implementation of the university's strategy and development.


Job Description

In addition to the duties specified in the Universities Act and the University of Oulu's regulations, the key tasks and objectives for the Rector in the upcoming term include:

  • Promoting high international standards in research and education, as well as societal impact
  • Ensuring the long-term balance of the University of Oulu's finances and funding
  • Promoting collaboration and good governance within the university community
  • Promoting the competencies and well-being of staff
  • Enhancing the vitality and regional development of Northern Finland.


What are we looking for?

The selected candidate for the Rector position is required to have a doctoral degree, the ability and professional skills needed for the role, and good leadership skills proven in practice . Excellent proficiency in Finnish and English is required, as well as sufficient proficiency in Swedish. Additional language skills are considered as an advantage.

To succeed in this role, we expect You to have:

  • Experience in successful and inclusive leadership of large expert organizations
  • Strong financial competence and knowledge of university administration and funding
  • Strong competence and networks in research and education, and visions for the future
  • Diverse experience and networks in society and business
  • Excellent interaction, communication, and presentation skills
  • Relevant international experience for the role.


How to apply?

Apply for the position through our recruitment system by July 26, 2024. Attach your CV, degree certificate and application detailing your leadership style, most significant work experience, strengths and explain also why you are interested in this position and how you would advance our university. Please also include your salary wish in your application.

The University of Oulu's Board will elect the Rector for a five-year term starting January 1st, 2025. The selection will be carried out approximately in September-October 2024. The recruitment process includes interviews, a personal assessment and an event with the university community for the top candidates in late August.


Contact information

Do you have any questions? For more information about the position, please contact the Chair of the Board of the University of Oulu, Mikko Ayub. Arrange a call by contacting IMS Talent's recruitment consultant Sari Salojärvi (phone: +358 44 666064,


Personal Data

We are collaborating with IMS Talent Oy for this recruitment. By submitting an application, the applicant consents to the transfer of the application documents (personal data) submitted for this recruitment to IMS Talent Oy, which acts as an independent data controller in this recruitment in addition to the University of Oulu. IMS Talent Oy will not use the application documents (personal data) for any other purposes.

Type of employment: Temporary position
Contract type: Full time
Number of positions: 1
Full-time equivalent: 100%
City: Oulu
County: Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country: Finland
Reference number: 2024/274
Published: 2024-06-03
Last application date: 2024-07-26

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