The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences ( represents the field of biological and environmental sciences at the University of Helsinki. The Faculty is responsible for research in the field and educates experts to meet the needs of universities, research institutes, government, schools and the business sector.

Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, HELSUS (, is a new cross-faculty research unit in sustainability science at the University of Helsinki. The mission of the institute is to contribute to sustainability transformations of the societies by means of inter- and transdisciplinary research and education. The research focuses in particular, on urban studies, consumption and production, and Global South and Arctic contexts. The professors in the institute will work in the institute’s interdisciplinary research programs and teach in HELSUS associated master’s and doctoral programs. There are around 50 professors and more than 60 researchers associated to the institute in the HELSUS faculties.

Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE (, is a multidisciplinary research and expert institute. SYKE’s mission is to provide crucial information and innovative solutions for a sustainable society. SYKE produce necessary knowledge, multidisciplinary expertise and expert services for public and private decision-making. SYKE has some 580 competent experts and researchers. SYKE’s employees annually publish some 600 publications of which more than 250 in peer review academic journals. The researchers at SYKE work in close and stimulating co-operation with Finnish and international partners. SYKE has four office and research facilities in Helsinki, Oulu, Jyväskylä and Joensuu. From the autumn 2018 onwards SYKEs Helsinki office will be located at the Viikki Campus of the University of Helsinki.

Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences) together with the Finnish Environment Institute invites applications for the position of


The successful applicant may be appointed to a professorship or a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system consisting of two stages, each 3-5 years), depending on his or her qualifications and career stage.

The assistant professor/associate professor/professor shall hold a doctoral degree and be able to conduct top-level international research, provide teaching based on such research, and supervise theses and dissertations. He or she must also participate in doctoral education and the development of teaching, acquire research funding and build a research group that bridges the university and SYKE. If appointed to the professorship, the applicant must possess experience in the supervision of scientific research and present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents as well as of his or her academic leadership skills. If appointed to the associate/assistant professorship, the applicant must be capable of independent scientific work and have the ability and motivation to pursue a scientific career, as demonstrated through publications or otherwise.

For a description of the tenure track system at the University of Helsinki, please see

Applicants should have expertise preferably in multiple aspects of socio-cultural, economic and ecological dimensions of urban systems, and have methodological experience to carry out urban experimentation. We are interested in applicants who have conducted research and have experience on multiple drivers and outcomes of urban systems, including those associated of urban green infrastructure, urban life styles, energy use, use of natural resources, for example. Successful applicants should integrate across multiple dimensions of urban systems and show capacity to be versatile and innovative in approaches to research. We are particularly interested in applicants who address different ways to carry out sustainability experiments as a joint effort of research and actors in the urban system, in which the City of Helsinki, can be used as an example platform. The applicant should also have the ability to link the analyses of urban sustainability to the national and global development.

After the tenure period, successful holder of the position may continue in full professorship shared with HELSUS and its close partner Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE.

Applicants must have an appropriate doctorate in environmental or social sciences or a related field at the time of appointment. Postdoctoral research experience is also preferable. Additional criteria include: 1) a strong record of scholarly achievement and publications; 2) experience with university-level teaching, mentoring, and other educational activities; 3) experience with working on interdisciplinary teams; 4) experience with, or a strong interest in, transdisciplinary “knowledge to action” approaches; 5) strong communication skills and; 6) evidence of potential to secure research funding. Applicants must be prepared to develop a cutting-edge research program in urban sustainability. The position also will include teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, collaborating with interdisciplinary sustainability research teams within the school, across campus and within the Finnish Environment Institute and performing school, university, professional, and community service.

In addition, scholarly work outside Finland, high-quality international publications, active international collaboration networks and elected positions as well as success in the acquisition of external research funding will be considered an asset. Moreover, pedagogical training, teaching experience and merits, the ability to produce learning materials and, leadership and interaction skills will be given particular consideration.

Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish may be exempted from the Finnish language requirement without a separate application. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills. If necessary, the appointee must also provide teaching and supervision in English and/or Finnish.

The salary for the position will be based on levels 8−10 (professor) and 7 (assistant/associate professor) of the requirement scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid.
Annual gross salary for a full professor varies between 64,000 and 96,000 euros, and for an assistant/associate between 50,000 and 68,500 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

For information on the University of Helsinki as employer please see

Applications must be accompanied by a single PDF file that includes the following documents in English:
1. A curriculum vitae
2. A list of publications on which the applicant has indicated his or her key publications
3. A report on teaching experience and merits (max. 3 pages, e.g., a teaching portfolio)
4. An informal report (max. 3 pages) on the applicant’s scientific activities (including the acquisition of research funding)
5. A brief report (1−2 pages) on how the applicant intends to develop his or her research and focus his or her scholarly activities, if appointed
6. The names and contact details of two/three persons who can recommend the applicant for the position.

Applications must be submitted through the University’s electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal.

Further information may be obtained from professor Jari Niemelä (jari.niemela(at), tel.+358407408539).

Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi(at)

Apply at latest 03.01.2018

Due date

Wednesday, January 3, 2018