The University of Helsinki is among the leading research universities in the world, and is the most comprehensive research institution of higher education, edification and intellectual regeneration in Finland. It is a pioneer and a builder of the future.

The University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of

DEAN for the Faculty of Arts

The dean will lead the faculty operations and support the rector in the leadership of the University. The dean's term starts 1 October 2018, or as agreed.

The faculty council shall appoint the dean for a fixed term of up to five years.

The dean shall lead the faculty operations and be responsible for the efficient, economic and effective completion of the faculty’s duties. The dean shall be responsible for the preparation and implementation of the faculty council’s decisions, the human resources and financial matters of the faculty, and the faculty’s assets.

The dean shall be responsible for the faculty’s general operations and decide on the faculty’s internal matters which have not been assigned to some other organ by a statute or regulation or which the dean has not delegated to fall under the authority and responsibility of a vice-dean.

The dean shall hold a doctoral degree and the competence and professional skills necessary to complete the duties of the position as well as proof of good leadership skills. The dean shall have an understanding of the academic world and experience in the management of a faculty discipline.

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointees must have a strategic vision for the development of their faculty and the University, knowledge of financial affairs, and the ability to collaborate with the University’s leadership and other deans and leaders in carrying out the University’s duties. When selecting the appointees, applicants will be granted additional merit for their vision of research and education policy, teaching experience, and active participation in national and international cooperation in their field. The positions require proficiency in Finnish, Swedish and English.

The faculty council shall establish an appointment committee to prepare the selection of the dean. The groups represented in the faculty council, i.e., the professors, the staff and the students, shall each select one member for the appointment committee. Additionally, the rector shall appoint to the committee one or two members with experience of academic leadership.

Further information about the application process can be obtained from the head of development Päivi Karimäki-Suvanto, phone +358 2941 22349,, and head of HR Hannamari Helander, phone +358 2941 22878,

The applicants are requested to enclose a short plan for the development of the faculty. The application, together with attachments, must be submitted through the University of Helsinki 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. Questions about the electronic recruitment system: please contact e-mail address

Due date

15.08.2018 23:59 EEST