The University of Helsinki – among the best in the world

Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 15 other locations. The high-quality research carried out by the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields, and for utilisation in social decision-making and the business sector.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (, located on the Viikki Campus, promotes the sustainable use of natural resources and human wellbeing through scientific research and research-based teaching. The Faculty’s key areas of education and research are food, agricultural, forest and environmental sciences, and economics in relation to these areas. The Faculty has 3,200 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs 500 experts.

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 Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry invites applications for the position of

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR/PROFESSOR in Forest and Atmospheric Sciences (Remote sensing and dynamics of biosphere processes)

The appointee will work in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry and in the 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 research covers the ecological and physiological dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems and their interactions with the atmosphere. The research expands from the molecular to the regional/global levels. It includes adoption of novel comprehensive data and remote sensing tools to study atmosphere-ecosystem interactions and ecosystem productivity. The research has applications in land use and land use change, and assessment of air pollution and climate change impacts. Expertise in multi-scale field experimentation and process-based modelling is appreciated. In addition to remote sensing indices, the work will be utilizing in situ measurements, and the professor is expected to have ready collaborative links with a wide range of multidisciplinary national and international experts.

The associate/assistant professor within the tenure track system shall have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. In addition, applicants for assistant professorships shall demonstrate their capability and motivation as regards an academic career through publications and other means. For a description of the tenure track system at the University of Helsinki, please see

A professor must hold a doctoral degree, have high-level academic qualifications and experience in heading scientific research. The professor must also be able to provide research-based teaching of high quality.If appointed to the professorship, the applicant must possess experience in leading scientific research projects and present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he/she represents as well as of his or her academic leadership skills.

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.

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills.

Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may without a separate application be exempted from the requirement of proficiency in Finnish. Otherwise, the Government Decree on Universities requires that assistant professors/associate professors/professors must be proficient in Finnish, and that they also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Swedish.

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 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.

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Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following English-language documents as one single pdf file:
1) A curriculum vitae
2) A report (max. 5 pages) on pedagogical expertise
3) A report (max. 5 pages) on the applicant’s research activities (including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work)
4) A report (1-2 pages) on how the applicant intends to develop his or her research and focus his or her activities, if appointed
5) A list of publications in which the applicant has indicated his or her key publications;

or, alternatively, an academic portfolio containing the above documents and information:

After the closing of the application period, the Faculty may request candidates to submit up to 10 publications of their choice for the external assessors.

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal

Further information may be obtained from professor Jaana Bäck, jaana.back(at)

In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment(at) (no service from 8 to 23 July).

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2017.

Apply at latest 31.08.2017

Due date

Thursday, August 31, 2017