The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences ( at the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of


The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent full professorship or a fixed-term associate / assistant professorship (tenure track) depending on their qualifications and career stage.

The professorship is based in the Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme ( which is one of the three Research Programmes in the Faculty. The areas of strength of the Programme include population, molecular and evolutionary ecology, to the advancement of which the professor is expected to contribute. Demonstrated excellence and scientific leadership in the field of ecology is a requirement.

The other professorships of the Research Programme are in the following fields: genomics, bioinformatics, statistics, plant physiology and molecular biology, plant developmental biology, plant systematics, mathematical ecology, behavioural ecology, and evolutionary biology. The research and teaching activities at the Viikki Campus are supported by state-of-the-art infrastructures such as many core facilities for DNA sequencing and genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and light- and electron microscopy including confocal and cryo-electron microscopes. Researchers are offered ample opportunities for field work as the Faculty has three field stations: one on the Baltic coast, one in Southern Finland and one in Lapland. Furthermore, the campus is situated on the edge of Vanhankaupunginlahti Bay, a RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance, which provides further opportunities for teaching and research.

The duties of the ecology assistant professor / associate professor / professor will include scientific research and research-based teaching, and participation in international collaboration and community engagement in the field. In addition to teaching lectures and courses, the professor will supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students and participate in the development of Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes.

An appointee to a full professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and have top-level scholarly qualifications and experience in the supervision of scientific research, along with the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching as well as to supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the appointee shall present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents.

An appointee to an assistant / associate professorship in the tenure track system ( shall hold a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. In addition, applicants for assistant / associate professorships shall demonstrate their capability and motivation for an academic career through publications and other means.

When considering the applicant’s qualifications, attention will be given to scientific publications, teaching experience and pedagogical training as well as the applicant’s participation in doctoral education. Furthermore, account shall also be taken of the applicant’s activity in the scientific community, success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience and positions in Finnish and international organizations.

There is no requirement to be proficient in Finnish for foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good skills in English.

The professor’s salary will be based on levels 8−10 and the assistant / associate professor’s on level 7 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The gross monthly salary will be approximately 4500–8000 €, depending on the appointee’s career stage and scholarly qualifications.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English:
1) CV
2) A report (max. 3 pages) on the applicant’s previous research activities, and a plan for how the applicant intends to develop their research and focus their activities in the future
3) A report (max. 3 pages) of experience and merits which are of relevance for the evaluation of teaching skills (please see the evaluation guidelines at
4) A numbered list of publications in English and other works with which the applicant wishes to demonstrate their competence and merits, with five most important publications highlighted with brief explanations.

Or, alternatively, an academic portfolio containing the above documents and information (for instructions, please see

The Faculty may request applicants to submit 5-10 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors.

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. The deadline for applications is 13 August, 2018.

Further information can be obtained from the Director of the Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme, Professor Kurt Fagerstedt, kurt.fagerstedt (at), tel. +358 (0) 2941 59438 or Vice-Director, Professor Craig Primmer, craig.primmer (at), tel. +358 (0) 2941 59074.

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

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