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Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in Ecology

The University of Helsinki – among the best in the world

Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 15 other locations. The high-quality research carried out by the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields, and for utilization in social decision-making and the business sector.

The Department of Biosciences is based in the Biocentre buildings on the Helsinki University Viikki Campus.

Viikki Campus
Together with its neighbouring faculties, the Department of Biosciences in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences of the University of Helsinki is among the largest institutions engaged in biosciences research and teaching in Europe. The Viikki Campus encompasses four faculties of the University of Helsinki (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine), and two independent institutes (Institute of Biotechnology and the Neuroscience Centre). The Viikki Campus also features several public research institutes, such as the Finnish Food Safety Authority EVIRA, certain operations of the Natural Resources Centre Finland LUKE and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. At the moment, approximately 2,500 researchers and 6,500 students are based at the Viikki Campus.

The Viikki Campus provides several core facilities to research groups, including services for DNA sequencing and associated work, and the use of microchips, protein chemistry, protein interaction research, flow cytometry, microinjection of cells, metabolomics, structural biology (NMR, x-ray crystallography), electron and light microscopy, the use of genetically modified animals and plants as well as the phenological analysis of plants. The core facilities are well-equipped and allow for internationally competitive, high-quality research.

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences encompasses the Department of Biosciences, the Department of Environmental Sciences, and three biological field stations, and employs a total of 39 professors. Approximately 100 Master's and 50 doctoral degrees are completed at the Faculty annually. The Faculty's yearly budget is approximately 35 m€, 50% of which is competitive external funding.

Department of Biosciences
The Department of Biosciences employs approximately 400 members of staff distributed across six divisions: Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, General Microbiology, Genetics, Physiology and Neuroscience, and Plant Biology. The teaching and research topics cover all fields of biology, from the molecular and cellular level to communities and entire ecosystems. The Department's research groups are involved in three Academy of Finland Centres of Excellence: Metapopulation Biology, Biological Interactions, and Molecular Biology of Primary Producers. The research staff is international and hosts a larger number of ERC grant holders than any other department at Helsinki University. The Department also houses the Molecular Ecology and Systematics laboratory (MES).

Helsinki Institute of Life Science, HiLIFE
The Helsinki Institute of Life Science HiLIFE is a new life science research center to be established at the University of Helsinki. HiLIFE integrates life science strengths across the UH campuses, and enhances high quality research and development by coordinating the shared use of research infrastructures, streamlining innovation and partnership activities, and allocating strategic research support in life sciences through open calls. In addition, HiLIFE will participate in teaching in the educational programs.

The HiLIFE activities were initiated with a life science research infrastructure assessment HiLIFE-RIA 2016, and a call for HiLIFE Tenure Track positions in 2016. HiLIFE also pilots new ways to enhance technology transfer activities, in collaboration with national and international partners, and within the Health Capital Helsinki (HCH) initiative. With these programs HiLIFE involves all faculties in the area of life sciences: Agriculture and Forestry, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, and Veterinary Medicine. The Institute of Biotechnology (BI), the Neuroscience Centre (NC) and the Institute of Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) function as operative units in HiLIFE. HiLIFE coordinates and maintains life science research infrastructures.

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