University of Turku

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor in Learning Analytics (tenure track)

2024-05-15 (Europe/Helsinki)
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The Faculty of Science at the University of Turku is inviting applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or (Full) Professor in Learning Analytics at the Turku Research Institute for Learning Analytics (TRILA). The tenure for a Professor is permanent, while an Assistant Professor first serves for a fixed term of 3-5 years and an Associate Professors for 2-4 years before being evaluated for an upgrade. The title and the position in the tenure track will be tailored to the qualifications and accomplishments of the successful applicant. More information about tenure track system of the University of Turku visit: Guidelines for the tenure track system at the UTU.

TRILA is part of the "Education for the future" (EDUCA) flagship consortium funded by the Academy of Finland. This eight-year initiative is designed to create an educational research ecosystem that deepens our understanding of learning and the application of technology in educational contexts. The multidisciplinary ecosystem will build a data infrastructure to combine theoretical and multi-method expertise from education, psychology, learning analytics, sociology, and economics and provide a platform for exploiting large longitudinal and register data sets. This infrastructure will facilitate the integration of theoretical knowledge and diverse methodologies, enabling the use of extensive, longitudinal, and registry datasets. The project seeks to enhance the foundation for educational policy research, improve understanding of optimal learning scenarios and engagement with education, and contribute to research on social and individual learning processes, professional competencies in education, and developing scalable technological solutions and learning environments.

Job description

The (Assistant, Associate, or Full) Professor conducts and supervises scientific research, provides teaching based on it, monitors scientific developments, and participates in social interaction and international cooperation in their field. This includes conducting high-quality research in the field, forming and leading research teams, acquiring domestic and international research funding, supervising theses at all academic levels, developing teaching in the field, establishing and maintaining international contacts, participating in continuing scientific education and training, and continuing professional development.

The call will open on April 2nd, 2024 and close on May 15th, 2024 at 16.00 (EET). 

The person we are looking for

The candidate is required to meet the the qualification requirements of the position in the University of Turku Rules of Procedure 31 §.

The position of Assistant Professor is open to talented researchers and teachers at the end of their postdoctoral phase or beyond who have already made a good start in their scientific career. The Associate Professor position is aimed at more experienced and internationally renowned experts with an excellent publication record and proven success in securing external funding. The post of a Professor requires strong proof of a high level of excellence in research and teaching.

The candidate must have a suitable doctoral degree, the ability to work independently in a scientific environment, experience in scientific research management, experience in national and international cooperation in the field of research represented, and the ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and to supervise theses. An appropriate doctoral degree may be in a Science or Engineering field, such as Learning analytics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer science, Data science, or a relevant field in the Humanities.

We are looking for candidates with skills, evidence, and interests in learning analytics, especially in mathematics learning, methods for learning data analysis and computer-aided instruction, or research issues in computational thinking. In particular, we value applicants experienced with interdisciplinary research and teaching activities showcasing new research methods and methodological expertise in creating and analysing large data sets. Specific attention will be paid to success in obtaining research funding. An added value will be a proven track record in bringing in international funding and working with various stakeholders including industry.

We value equality and diversity in our workplace. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for our vacancies.


You will join TRILA's multidisciplinary team of around 30 experts, with excellent facilities and resources for high-quality scientific work. TRILA is part of the Faculty of Science covering Mathematics and Statistics, and all basic Sciences, with internationally recognized scientific excellence and training opportunities. The rapidly growing TRILA already has two professors, other senior researchers, technical staff, and several PhD students, who you will have the opportunity to supervise. You will also be part of the national EDUCA research consortium, which will employ nearly 100 PhD students and top researchers in the next few years. 

We offer responsible and interesting tasks and opportunities to develop your scientific skills in a diverse environment. A professional and inspiring team and a personal Mentor will support you. To ensure a good start to your work, we offer you a chance to hire a postdoctoral researcher and one or more doctoral students. Together, we will draw up a plan for your career path. We will care for your well-being at work and daily routine, including flexible working hours and our well-being services. 

You can read more about us on the Welcome to Work page, where you can also learn more about what the university offers its employees.

The European Commission has granted the University of Turku the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo as a sign of the University's commitment to continuously improving the status and working conditions of researchers, in accordance with the objectives of the European Charter for Researchers.

The university offers good support and orientation for international hires. Please learn more about the Finnish culture and relocation to Finland:

Salary and trial period

The salary of the professor/associate professor is determined in accordance with the university pay system (YPJ). The post's salary will be determined when the employment contract is drawn up.

There is a six-month trial period.

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 15.5.2024 at 16.00 (EEST GMT+3 / at 13:00 UTC).

Applying Instructions for a professor or associate professor or assistant professor position (Tenure Track) and the Recruitment process

Please include the all the annexes mentioned in the Instructions for Applying on pages 1- 2. 

Further information

For more information about the position, please get in touch with Professor Mikko-Jussi Laakso, the Head of TRILA. For enquiries about the recruitment process, please get in touch with the Head of Faculty Administration Merja Fehlig, Faculty of Science, 20014 University of Turku.

Turku Research Institute for Learning Analytics

The TRILA is a research group at the University of Turku's Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, focusing on digital teaching and learning analytics. The group supports the strategy of the University of Turku by developing the quality of teaching and promoting digital education and the spread of the learning analytics ecosystem in Finland and abroad. Most Finnish primary schools use the ViLLE system developed by the TRILA group.

In the Faculty of Science, we seek the truth and develop solutions for sustainable future and intelligent society. Science Fiction becomes reality.

The University of Turku is an inspiring and international academic community of 25,000 students and staff in Southwest Finland. We build a sustainable future with multidisciplinary research, education, and collaboration. With us, your work will have a significant impact and relevance in the changing world.

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Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor in Learning Analytics (tenure track)
Vesilinnantie 5 Turku, Finland
Application deadline
2024-05-15 16:00 (Europe/Helsinki)
2024-05-15 15:00 (CET)
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