Why a career at the University of Helsinki is an excellent choice

Perhaps you have already decided to work in Finland, or perhaps you are considering it. This is quite possibly one of the most significant choices you will make. The University of Helsinki has much to offer you, and we would like to challenge you to learn more about us: here’s why you should choose the University of Helsinki.

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In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100 universities in the world.  Rankings consistently place the University of Helsinki among the 20 best universities in Europe and as the best university in Finland.

The University is internationally renowned for its high quality teaching, research and innovation.

University of Helsinki in university rankings

The University of Helsinki is one of world’s leading multidisciplinary universities. We are a founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), which includes such universities as Oxford and Cambridge.

Established in 1640, the University of Helsinki has built its scientific heritage on a long tradition of academic research.

Our funding is stable, with funding from the government of Finland amounting to roughly 60% of its yearly budget.

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At the University of Helsinki, the teaching load of a researcher is relatively small by international standards, allowing you to concentrate on doing research.

All teaching at the University of Helsinki is strongly research-based. Our main strength is considered to be scientific research and the teaching derived from it. This is reflected in our philosophy: “All teachers are researchers and all researchers teach.”

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The University of Helsinki is Finland's most important provider of research infrastructures and a significant institution on the European scale. We see research infrastructures as a fundamental requirement for research work and essential in developing our research capacity.

All four campuses have modern libraries, the most recent being the award-winning Helsinki University Library.

The University of Helsinki’s research is the most open of its kind in Finland. We are pioneers in both producing and using open data. We increasingly make the results of our research available to all of society to be used as a shared knowledge base. Our research helps us solve global challenges and produce a deeper understanding of the world around us.

The openness of the research process along with our open operating culture accelerate and facilitate the broader exploitation of our research results. At the University of Helsinki, openness is the foundation of research.

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The University of Helsinki is committed to promoting equality and preventing discrimination as an employer.

Equality is one of the guiding values of the University of Helsinki. The University intends to be a forerunner in the promotion of equality and the creation of an atmosphere of respect for diversity. It recognises and eliminates practices and structures that create and sustain inequality. Equality and accessibility contribute to the quality of a multicultural and multilingual University community.

The University of Helsinki has an equal, low hierarchy working culture.

We are committed to promoting sustainable development in research, teaching and public engagement. Our operations are thoroughly guided by social responsibility.

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Equality and diversity at the university

Sustainability and responsibility at the University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki is a significant international university and a multicultural institution, attracting staff and students from all over the world. Some 24% of the research and teaching staff and nearly a third of the doctoral trainees and postdoctoral researchers come from abroad.

International researchers typically choose the University of Helsinki because of its excellent reputation for high quality research and teaching. The research funding, honours and prizes awarded to our researchers are an indication of the University’s high standing among the global scientific community.

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University of Helsinki in numbers


Working at a top-ranking university gives you numerous opportunities in your professional life.

At the University of Helsinki, students and researchers work together on the campuses. Interaction with students and other researchers is an essential part of academic life at the University of Helsinki, and the greater Helsinki metropolitan area offers many cooperation opportunities.

The University of Helsinki offers a range of services to support researchers in their daily work. Our competent and friendly staff is eager to help you.

University Services helps the University community to focus on research, teaching, studies and community relations. Its services include HR services, research services, teaching and learning services, financial services, communications and community relations as well as administrative and operations management services. In addition, we offer a variety of other services, such as library services, sports services and accommodation services as well as quality IT services. See employee benefits for more information.

The University of Helsinki welcomes its new employees by offering support for relocation. We want to ensure that the relocation process of our new international staff members and their families runs as smoothly as possible.

Our services include tailored electronic services and materials for arrival support as well as individual counselling from HR services. We also offer tools for integration into the University community and Finnish society. Finnish language courses and a Buddy Programme are available for all international staff.

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