The University of Helsinki is a community founded on research, learning and courageous thought, where groundbreaking basic research, open-minded curiosity and cooperation engender opportunities for solving global challenges. Our everyday work and interaction are guided by the University’s strategic plan as well as shared values: truth, bildung, freedom and inclusivity.
The Faculty of Medicine promotes scientific research of a high standard and is responsible for providing research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, dentistry, psychology and logopedics, as well as for the English-language Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine and Master's Programme in Development of Healthcare Services, and provides also psychotherapist education. In addition to its teaching and research activities, the Faculty serves as a significant expert organisation in the healthcare sector and contributes to the discourse on ethics in the field. In terms of research, the Faculty aims for a place among the best medical faculties in the world, while consolidating and strengthening its status as a top-level institution of medical education.
Together with HUS Helsinki University Hospital and the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE), the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, constitutes the Academic Medical Center. This medical center has been very successful in international comparisons, ranking among the top 10 medical campuses in Europe and among the top 50 globally.
As a dean, you will lead the faculty’s operations based on the University’s strategic plan and values. You will be responsible for the efficient, economic and effective completion of the Faculty’s duties, operations and degree programmes. You will prepare and implement the decisions of the Faculty Council and will be responsible for the Faculty’s human resources and financial matters as well as the assets managed by the Faculty. You will ensure your Faculty’s successful performance in accordance with the University’s values. You will take into account the indicators used in the university funding model. You will also contribute to the management of University-level duties in support of the rector. Through your actions, you will always further the interests of the University and your Faculty. You promote also close co-operation with the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District and wellbeing services counties. You will report to the rector of the University.
The position of dean requires a strategic and future-oriented vision for the development of the Faculty and the University. Successful cooperation with the Faculty, the University community, the University’s senior leadership and stakeholders is based on interaction, openness, collegiality and objective-setting.
The dean must have financial and HR management skills as well as leadership and supervisory skills, and be willing to develop in their role. The dean must have an understanding of the academic world and experience in the academic management and leadership of a Faculty discipline. When making the appointment, merit will be accorded for insight into research and educational policy, experience in teaching, and engaging in active national and international cooperation in the field of the Faculty. A visionary approach to equality and inclusivity in the international operating environment will be considered an asset. The position requires proficiency in Finnish, Swedish and English. If necessary, the University will support the appointee in developing their Finnish language proficiency during the first year.
The appointee must hold a doctoral degree and have the competence and professional skills necessary to complete the duties of the position. In addition, the appointee must have good leadership skills as demonstrated in practice, for example, in an academic leadership position with operational responsibility.
The deadline for applications is 18 September 2023.
The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of gender identities, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
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Faculty of Medicine website: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-medicine