The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. Some 35,000 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree at the University of Helsinki.

As part of the Faculty of Science, the Department of Physics is responsible for high-end research into physics and astronomy on an international level, and academic education in physics based on that research. The focus areas of the research are material physics, elementary particle physics, and astrophysics. The department possesses nationally outstanding research equipment and close contacts with the top projects around the world.
With an annual budget of 12 Million Euros, some 200 person-years of work are completed at the department every year. The department has 20 tenured professors, 3 tenure-track assistant/ associate professors, and 1 visiting professor. For more details, please see

The Department of Physics in the Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki invites applications for a

The field of the position is materials in extreme environments, and it will be based in the Materials Physics Division of the Department. The position is part of the University of Helsinki profiling action on Matter and Materials, aiming to strengthen new interdisciplinary research areas in this strategic research area of the university. The aim of this particular position is to strengthen the use of materials physics methods for understanding far from equilibrium effects in particle accelerator and/or fusion reactor environments, and thus connect the research of the Materials Physics Division closer to the Particle Physics and Astrophysics Division of the Department.

The Department of Physics has access to major infrastructures that provide excellent opportunities and support for a research line on materials in extreme environments. The Accelerator Laboratory of the division has a wide range of accelerator and other equipment for materials modification utilizing far from equilibrium effects. The Department also has close contacts with the particle physics research institute Helsinki Institute of Physics, CERN, and the international fusion research community via the EUROFusion project. The Faculty of Science also hosts the University of Helsinki part of the Finnish Grid and Cloud Infrastructure for scientific computing, and has access via applications to the supercomputing facilities of the IT Centre for Science CSC. The person to be chosen is expected to have a broad experience in nonequilibrium materials physics and connections to the particle physics and/or fusion research communities.

To be successful in the position, the candidate must have a background in materials physics or nanophysics, and experience in using experimental or computational facilities for research on processes taking place in materials in extreme environments such as under radiation, under extremely high temperature or pressure gradients, or strong electromagnetic fields. He/she must have a strong network of international cooperation. The appointee is expected to conduct research on an internationally high level. In addition, the appointee must take advantage of national and international research funding opportunities, participate in doctoral education at the Department, and participate in the interaction between science and society at large. The teaching area of the position is physics. The person chosen for the position is also expected to develop the teaching within the physics curriculum, especially in the areas of English-speaking BSc-level physics and MSc-level materials physics education.

The University will offer the appointee a challenging career opportunity in top-level research and research-based teaching, possibilities for international collaboration, and for the appointed assistant/associate professor prerequisites to grow into full professorship. In addition to the funding possibilities offered by the national funding agencies, the Faculty of Science opens calls on a yearly basis for infrastructure funding. The selected person will also get a startup package of about 150 000 EUR/year for the first three years.

A professor will carry out and supervise scientific research, provide teaching based on it, follow developments in research and participate in societal interaction in his/her field and in international cooperation.

According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, a professor must hold a doctoral degree and have high-level academic qualifications, experience in heading scientific research. The professor must also be able to provide research-based teaching of high quality, supervise dissertations and theses as well as evidence of international cooperation in the field.

An assistant/associate professor must hold a doctoral degree and ability for independent scientific work as well as teaching skills required by the position. Furthermore, the successful candidate is expected to have competence and motivation for scientific career proven by scientific publications and other academic activities.

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.

An average starting salary for a newly appointed professor is about 5700 euros/month. The starting salary of an assistant (associate) professor is about 4700 euros/month (5200 euros/month).

Applications must have the following enclosures as a one single pdf file (in English):
1) an academic portfolio approved by the Faculty (as set out at, containing a summary of supervision duties of master’s and doctoral theses and a presentation on how the applicant plans to develop her/his field and its teaching;
2) a list of those publications and other relevant documents on competence and merits that the applicant wishes to be taken into account in the selection process.

The shortlisted candidates will later be asked to submit up to 10 selected publications into the University of Helsinki Recruitment System upon request of the Faculty.

Please submit your application using 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.

The dead line for applications is November 15, 2018.

More information: Head of Division of Materials Physics, Professor Jyrki Räisänen (jyrki.raisanen(at)

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