Personnel Contact Information

Faculty office:
P.O. Box 65 (Viikinkaari 2a, 2nd floor)
00014 University of Helsinki
phone +358-(0)294 1911

Faculty office open
Mon-Thu 12-14
Fri closed

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Personnel affairs:
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Open positions


Position overview

Professorship in Genomics

The professorship is a joint position shared by the Department of Biosciences and the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Helsinki's Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences. Both the Department of Biosciences and the Institute of Biotechnology are based based in the Biocentre buildings on the 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 constitutes Finland’s largest and most prominent institution engaged in biosciences research and teaching. The Viikki Campus is home to four University of Helsinki faculties (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, 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 at the Viikki Campus.

The Viikki Campus provides several core facilities to research groups, with services related to DNA sequencing and the use of microchips, protein chemistry, protein interaction research, flow cytometry, the 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 consists of the Department of Biosciences, the Department of Environmental Sciences and the 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€, of which 50% is competitive external funding.

Department of Biosciences
The Department of Biosciences employs approximately 400 members of staff in its six divisions: Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Physiology and Neuroscience, Plant Biology, and Genetics and General Microbiology. Its teaching and research topics cover various 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 very international and e.g. the number of ERC grant holders is greater than in any other department at Helsinki University. The Department is very well equipped and offers the staff an excellent research environment. The Department also houses the Molecular Ecology and Systematics laboratory (MES).
Genomics and bioinformatics form an important part of the research conducted on the Viikki Campus, particularly in the field of biosciences. The Department of Biosciences in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences as well as the Institute of Biotechnology have employed Liisa Holm in the joint professorship in genetics (bioinformatics) to carry out work in the field of bioinformatics. At the Department of Biosciences, research and teaching in bioinformatics is conducted by Päivi Onkamo, university lecturer in genetics (bioinformatics), Otso Ovaskainen, professor in mathematical ecology and Arild Husby, assistant professor in ecological and evolutionary genomics.  

The Institute of Biotechnology (BI)

The Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Helsinki is an independent institute. Its mission is to promote research and teaching in biotechnology, molecular biology and cellular biology, and apply it for the benefit of society.  The Institute operates internationally and uses English as its working language. It has research programmes in molecular cell biology, developmental biology, genome biology, and structural biology & biophysics. At the end of 2013, it housed 28 research groups and a staff of just over 400. The Institute staff include people of 41 different nationalities, and 49% of the researchers have an international background. The annual budget of the Institute is approximately 22 m€, of which nearly two-thirds are derived from external competitive funding. The Institute researchers have excelled in national and international funding application rounds and represent all tiers of the Finnish research careers, from esteemed professors to postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students. The high level of research conducted on the Campus and the successful cooperation that takes place there are substantiated by the five centres of excellence in research currently operating under its auspices, two of which are shared with the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences. Institute researchers have also been successful in acquiring a significant amount of international funding. In addition to EU sources, the Institute has housed research projects funded by several Finnish, European and American foundations.  Along with top research, the Institute of Biotechnology offers core services to its own researchers as well as other researchers and companies on the Viikki Campus and elsewhere. Such services include DNA sequencing and genomics, electron microscopy, light microscopy, NMR, proteomics and protein crystallisation. The Institute also houses the Media Kitchen which serves external research groups as well. Institute researchers engage in extensive, profitable and socially significant corporate cooperation. The researchers actively participate in basic education and the supervision of doctoral studies in the different faculties. The Institute also has shared research duties with other faculties on the campus.

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