Call for Director

The University of Helsinki seeks to appoint the Director for HiLIFE who will lead the Institute strongly through the early and crucial stages of its life. The HiLIFE Director has overall responsibility of operations according to the University Regulations and HiLIFE Rules of Procedure and prepares matters for the Board. The appointee is expected to assume the position at the latest in January 2018. 

HiLIFE operates primarily on the Viikki bioscience campus and Academic Medical Center Helsinki in Meilahti. HiLIFE activities are initiating with recruitments to HiLIFE Tenure Track positions, selection of HiLIFE Fellows and Programs, developing the HiLIFE Infrastructure and Innovation programs, and enhancing collaboration with national and international partners.  

The University of Helsinki now seeks to appoint the Director for HiLIFE who will lead the Institute strongly through these early and crucial stages of its life. The HiLIFE Director has overall responsibility of operations according to the University Regulations and HiLIFE Rules of Procedure and prepares matters for the Board.

Appointed by the Rector of the University of Helsinki, the HiLIFE Director provides strong, dynamic, innovative and clear leadership to the component units of HiLIFE. The Director will place emphasis on maximizing the collaborative efforts between the life science units across the University of Helsinki, encouraging interdisciplinary research and teaching, and further strengthening the University’s international links in life science. Key within this will be to work closely with existing leaders within life science at the University of Helsinki, identifying areas of existing strength and working sensitively across all areas of activity in life science at the University. The Director will play a key role in forging and further strengthening existing links with the government and local partners in health and environment, and will work closely with the Deans of the life science Faculties in doing so. HiLIFE will seek to address the biggest life science questions facing humanity and the Director will lead the Institute forward with energy, knowledge and vision through these vital stages of its formation.

Candidates for the position will be able to think strategically, be innovative, have a global mind-set, and be capable of providing clear leadership. Candidates will also show a clear commitment to a broad base of interdisciplinary research in life science, and have a clear familiarity with international and emerging trends in life science. Strong candidates will have outstanding leadership capabilities and demonstrable experience of leading interdisciplinary work in life science, in addition to having a strong personal track record of research and funding in any area of life science. The appointee must hold a doctoral degree and will be required to have the skills necessary to serve as an academic leader.  

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills. Proficiency in Finnish or Swedish is useful, but not necessary. The Director will initially be appointed for a term of 5 years with possibility of renewal. The appointee will assume the position at the latest in January 2018. 

An executive search is being undertaken by Perrett Laver that supports the University in identifying the widest possible field of qualified candidates and assists in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the roles. Questions can be directed to: Dr Liam O’Hara via liam.ohara@perrettlaver.com or +44 207 340 6204.