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.

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 HELSUS faculties.

The Natural Resources Institute Finland, Luke (, is a research and expert organization with staff of 1300 that works to advance bioeconomy and the sustainable use of natural resources. Research results and services produce added value, sustainability and competitiveness for business and industry based on renewable natural resources, and support decision-making within society. Luke also performs statutory tasks and serves as one of Finland’s four statistical authorities.

Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry) together with Natural Resources Institute Finland invites applications for the position of


The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent 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.

Applicants should have expertise preferably in multiple aspects of socio-cultural, economic and ecological dimensions of sustainable food systems. We are particularly interested in applicants who address pathways in co-producing transformative and regenerative food systems by joint effort of research, actors in the production system, and consumers. Such mode of inter- and multidisciplinary research and co-production addresses dynamic interactions, trade-offs and thresholds.

The professor/associate/assistant professor is expected to 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 development of teaching, and actively acquire research funding. If appointed to the professorship, the applicant must have strong track record in scientific publications, in supervision of scientific research and in international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents as well as of his or her academic leadership skills.

We are interested in applicants who have conducted research and have teaching experience on multiple drivers and outcomes of food systems, for example issues of ecological change, sustainability of the chain, human behavior and values, governance and institutions, food security, and human health and wellbeing. Successful applicants should integrate across multiple dimensions of food systems and show capacity to be versatile and innovative in approaches to research and outreach.

HELSUS has professorships in all the four of its thematic contexts. Among these, the Sustainable Food Systems position shares cross-cutting issues with Urban (including the urban-rural dimension) and with Global South.

After the tenure period, successful holder of the position may continue in full professorship shared with HELSUS and its close partner Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

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

Applicants must have an appropriate doctorate in ecological, environmental or social sciences or a related field (such as food technologies) 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 food system sustainability. The position also will include teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, collaborating with interdisciplinary sustainability research teams within the school and across campus, 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, especially in the case of the professorship, 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 following documents in English:
1) A curriculum vitae
2) A report (max. 3 pages) on pedagogical expertise
3) A report (max. 3 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 on which the applicant has indicated his or her key publications.

For instructions see

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 Juha Helenius (juha.helenius(at), tel. +358408493025 and professor Helena Korpelainen (helena.korpelainen(at), +358504150383).

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

Apply at latest 03.01.2018

Due date

Wednesday, January 3, 2018