Academic portfolio

The academic portfolio to be attached to applications related to teaching and research positions

An individual academic portfolio should be prepared specifically for the position being sought. The Faculty requests that its length (excluding the list of publications, see 2. Research qualifications) does not exceed eight (8) pages.

Please submit your academic porftolio in English. The portfolios are distributed to many parties (such as academic assessors and Department Council members) and so should not contain any confidential information, e.g., identity numbers, information about hobbies, etc. The portfolio is a brief, concise report of an applicant's documentable qualifications for a position.

Reference to periods should include only the month and year, not specific dates. Past employment should not be reported with elaborate detail. Employment periods of less than a year may be combined under a single title, such as “Acting Professor (8 months in total), 2002–04”.

If requested by the Faculty, information in the portfolio must be documented in the manner specified.

Portfolio structure and headings


1. Basic information

  • Name, birth date, present employer, position title, start date
  • Degrees, diplomas and the equivalent 
  • Previous employment

2. Research qualifications

  • Positions of scientific expertise
  • Nature and scope of publications (if not apparent from a separate list of publications) 
  • Scope and management of external research funding and projects
  • Cooperation with national and international research groups
  • Other international activities
  • Competencies in applying research findings 
  • Honours and awards by scientific societies
  • Research statement
    • Research vision
    • Outline of research plan at University of Helsinki

3. Qualifications in doctoral training

  • Coordination of doctoral training or other participation in nationwide doctoral programmes
  • Number of postgraduate students
  • Postgraduate supervision and teaching methods
  • Number of supervised dissertations 
  • Experience as a dissertation pre‐examiner and opponent

4. Teaching qualifications

  • Teaching experience (Report of the scope and nature of teaching duties at a university, other higher education institution or institute) 
  • Pedagogical training (Training entered in the staff training register; courses included in study modules in university pedagogy; studies in education required of teachers; improvement of expertise in other ways, such as through networks) 
  • Ability to produce teaching materials (Report of contributions to the production of teaching materials) 
  • Other teaching merits (report of the achievement of objectives set for teaching and of teaching methods used and their success, feedback on the applicant’s own teaching, description of participation in educational development groups and other activities related to academic affairs, teaching philosophy, teaching‐related reports and research, awards, grants and other recognition)
  • Outline plan for developing teaching in your respective academic field

5. Other qualifications and merits

  • Socially significant elected positions or expert assignments based on academic or pedagogical merit
  • Significant elected positions based on academic and pedagogical qualifications, membership in working groups and committees, and other university‐level administrative duties.