The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world.

HOH Helsinki One Health is a new network organization, led by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and cooperated by four other faculties at the University of Helsinki, to co-ordinate research actions within the area of One Health. One Health is a globally emerging concept recognizing that the health of humans and animals is interconnected and that their populations share the essentials of life: the genome, disease causing organisms, health, welfare, and the environment. HOH Helsinki One Health involves different disciplines and professions to work together to resolve emerging health problems concerning human and animal populations worldwide. In addition to other profiling actions, HOH Helsinki One Health will host several tenure track professorships with their established research environments in years 2018-2022. Please see:

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for the position of an


The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine ( is the only institution of higher education in Finland to produce veterinarians. The degree programmes have been accredited in accordance with the ESEVT system for the evaluation of veterinary education in Europe. The Faculty has four departments and a Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The professorship is placed in the Department of Food Hygiene and Environmental Health, which accommodates a state-of-the-art wet-laboratory infrastructure and nine active research groups working in the fields of food safety and quality, environmental health, meat inspection and slaughterhouse hygiene, food and environmental toxicology, and environmental health and food safety control.

Food safety risk management seeks for policy alternatives to accept, reduce, or minimize food safety risks and to select and implement appropriate measures. Official food control, based on food safety legislation and performed by authorities, forms an integral component of food safety risk management in concert with food business operators’ own-control systems and quality standards and audits performed by third body. Increasing complexity of food production and delivery systems, economic pressure, scarce resources, and increasing fraud, however, pose novel challenges for official food control systems and thereby jeopardize food safety. Enhanced preparedness and efficient prevention of non-compliance and fraud require new knowledge, tools, policies, and practices for food control authorities. Research based on diverse material originating from official food control systems and versatile methodology is needed to enhance the efficacy of food control. Efficacious food control enables improved public health without jeopardizing the economy or functionality of food business operators.

The research, expertise, and teaching field of the professorship is Risk Management in Food Safety. The professorship is based in the One Health Research Programme hosted by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.


The applicant may be appointed to a permanent full professorship or a fixed-term assistant/ associate professorship (tenure track), depending on his or her qualifications and career stage. For more information on the tenure track model, career path and general assessment criteria for different stages at the University of Helsinki, please see

An appointee to the position of an assistant/associate professor in the tenure track system shall hold a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scientific research work, have the teaching skills necessary for the position, and have the ability and motivation for an academic career.

An appointee to a full professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and have top-level scholarly qualifications, experience in the supervision of scientific research, as well as the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching and to supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the appointee shall present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents. Holders of professorships shall also have the skills necessary for serving as an academic leader.

When considering applicants’ qualifications, attention will be paid to:
• profound knowledge of food hygiene and food safety
• knowledge of national and EU legislation relevant to the research and teaching field
• knowledge of Finnish and European food control systems
• applicant’s expertise and experience in the research and teaching field
• scientific publications in the field of the position
• success in obtaining external research funding
• experience in research project management
• experience in teaching and supervision of students, as well as other teaching merits
• international research experience and positions of trust
• vision for development of the applicant’s own research work and the research field in general
• domestic language skills appropriate for the position


• Monthly gross salary will be about 4 300–5 400 euros for assistant/associate professor and about 5 400–6 800 euros for professor depending on the applicant’s merits and career stage.
• The position is associated with a negotiable start-up package.
• Read more about the employee benefits at the University of Helsinki and why the University of Helsinki is an excellent career choice:


Application must include an academic portfolio (in English), which includes applicant’s CV, publication list and scientific activity (including acquired research funding), report on the experience and merits related to the assessment of teaching skills; as well as a plan for developing research and teaching in the field of professorship (maximum of 2 pages). For more information, please see and take into account in your academic portfolio:

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments as a single pdf file, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal. Only the mandatory fields (*) of the recruitment system including the Academic Merits questionnaire and where you found about this job opportunity may be filled in. The closing date for applications is 31 March, 2019.

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the faculty may request them to submit up to 5-10 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors.

Further information:
• About the position and the operational environment: Vice Dean, Professor Olli Peltoniemi, olli.peltoniemi(at), p. +358405381621
• About the recruitment process: HR Specialist Heidi Kauppinen, heidi.m.kauppinen(at), p. +358504155341, technical support with the recruitment system also: recruitment(at)

Due date

31.03.2019 23:59 EET