The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. Some 35,000 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree at the University of Helsinki.

Measured in number of students and teachers, the Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki is the largest science faculty in Finland. There are some 6,000 students taking a basic degree. Out of them, some 1,000 are postgraduates. There are some 500 international students, and over 200 researchers and teachers from abroad.

Institute for Atmospheric and Earth system Research (INAR) is a new multi- and interdisciplinary research unit based in physics, chemistry, meteorology and forest sciences in the University of Helsinki. INAR aims to strengthen the internationally leading, integrated multidisciplinary research environment for atmospheric and Earth system science and to feed in scientific results for the national and international environment and climate policy. It performs multiscale research from molecular to global scale and focuses on climate change, air quality, biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem processes. The scientific objective of INAR is to reduce the scientific uncertainties related to climate change at global scale by quantifying the essential feedback mechanisms between the atmospheric processes and changing functioning of biosphere and to increase knowledge on air quality – climate interactions and feedback. Research and high international impact of INAR is based on the unique, comprehensive and continuous data from SMEAR field stations. INAR leads two European ESFRI research infrastructures. There are around 20 professors and 150 researchers in different career stages associated to INAR in the University of Helsinki. INAR has national partners in Finnish Meteorological Institute, University of Eastern Finland and Tampere University of Technology.
The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) is a government and research organisation providing national weather and climate services, with extensive research activities in the following fields: atmospheric sciences including numerical weather prediction, air quality and climate change; marine research; polar research; and space research. There are currently 360 members of research staff at FMI; 20 professors, more than 150 scientists educated to doctoral level.

The Faculty of Science invites applications for the position of

This is a joint position between University of Helsinki and FMI. The professor will work in INAR’s interdisciplinary research programs and teach in master and doctoral programs related to INAR fields of sciences.

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 field of the research covers biogeochemical cycles, particularly carbon, nitrogen and water cycles but not excluding other cycles like those of phosphorous and sulphur. Experience on continuous field observations as well as intensive field campaigns is appreciated. Also the interest for the integrative approach to combine different disciplines (physics/geophysics/meteorology, chemistry and biology / ecophysiology /soil sciences / agricultural sciences / limnology) is appreciated. The work is closely connected to European ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System) Research Infrastructure and particularly to ICOS science, i.e. carbon, nitrogen and water cycles and greenhouse gas budgets and perturbations. University of Helsinki and Finnish Meteorological Institute are the leading organisations of ICOS-Finland and Finland hosts ICOS ERIC.

A professor will carry out and supervise scientific research, provide teaching based on it, follow developments in research and participate in societal interaction in his/her field and in international cooperation. A professor must hold a doctoral degree and have high-level academic qualifications, experience in heading scientific research. The professor must also be able to provide research-based teaching of high quality, supervise dissertations and theses as well as evidence of international cooperation in the field.

An assistant/associate professor must hold a doctoral degree and ability for independent scientific work as well as teaching skills required by the position. Furthermore, the successful candidate is expected to have competence and motivation for scientific career proven by scientific publications and other academic activities.

When assessing the qualifications of each candidate, attention will be paid to scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce teaching materials, other teaching merits, and, if deemed necessary, teaching skills as demonstrated in a lecture, as well as participation in doctoral education. Furthermore, attention will be paid to the applicant’s activities within the research community, success in obtaining research funding, research work abroad and elected positions in international organisations.

Professor’s salary will be based on levels 8 – 10 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of the Finnish universities. An average starting salary for a newly appointed professor is ca. 5700 euros/month. The salary of an assistant (associate) professor is based on level 7 with the starting salary of about 4700 euros/month (5200 euros/month). For information on the University of Helsinki as employer please see For a description of the tenure track system at the University of Helsinki please see

Applications must have the following enclosures (in English) as a joint pdf document:
1) an academic portfolio approved by the Faculty (as set out at containing a summary of supervision duties of master’s and doctoral theses and a presentation on how the applicant plans to develop his/her field and its teaching;
2) a list of those publications (or a full publication list) and other relevant documents on competence and merits that the applicant wishes to be taken into account in the selection process.

On the Faculty’s request, applicants should prepare to submit up to 10 publications of their choice to be sent to assessors after the application period. The publications shall be submitted the University of Helsinki Recruitment System upon request of the Faculty.

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. If you apply more than one position at UH, please note that all the attachments you submit for different positions will appear in the same folder of your applicant profile. Therefore, please, name the post-specific attachments in such a way that they can be identified by the post.

The dead line for applications is 28 February 2018.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Markku Kulmala, tel. +358-40-5962311, markku.kulmala(at)

Apply at latest 28.02.2018

Due date

Wednesday, February 28, 2018