The Faculty of Medicine promotes scientific research of a high standard and is responsible for providing research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, dentistry, psychology and logopedics, as well as for the English-language Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine. In addition to its teaching and research activities, the Faculty serves as a significant expert organisation in the healthcare sector and contributes to the discourse on ethics in the field. In terms of research, the Faculty aims for a place among the best medical faculties in the world, while consolidating and strengthening its status as a top-level institution of medical education.
Together with the HUS Helsinki University Hospital and the Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences (HiLIFE), the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, constitutes the Academic Medical Center Helsinki (AMCH). This medical center has been very successful in international comparisons, ranking among the top 10 medical campuses in Europe and among the top 50 globally.
The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of
ASSISTANT / ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR / PROFESSOR IN EXPERIMENTAL MIND AND BRAIN RESEARCH
Experimental mind and brain research focuses on human brain functions associated, for example, with perception, attention, consciousness, memory, decision making, intelligence, emotions and/or action in physical and social environments. The position is part of the University of Helsinki profiling action (PROFI5) on ‘Mind and Matter – foundations of information, intelligence and consciousness’, aiming to strengthen new interdisciplinary research areas at the university, and the appointee is expected to co-operate with the other tenure track professors in this area. Mind and Matter consists of seven tenure track positions: ‘Social and legal implications of AI’, ‘Natural and artificial cognitive systems’, ‘Experimental mind and brain research’, ‘Philosophy of mind and matter’, ‘Artificial and human intelligence’, ‘Implications of the use of AI on learning and education’, and ‘Foundations of quantum information, logic, and computing’.
The assistant / associate / professor in experimental mind and brain research is expected to provide proof of internationally significant experimental research on, for example, perception, attention, consciousness, memory, decision making, intelligence, emotions or action in physical and social environments. In addition, the appointee is expected to have a good command of experimental research designs and methods. The successful completion of the duties of the position also requires international and Finnish multidisciplinary research collaboration as well as the ability to obtain competitive research funding as demonstrated through the successful acquisition of project funding.
The assistant/associate professor or professor in experimental mind and brain research will lead and develop research in the field, provide teaching and supervision of theses and dissertations in the discipline of psychology, thereby strengthening its PROFI2 profile in behavioral life science, and interact with other groups in the Mind and Matter PROFI5 profiling action.
The position will be based at the Department of Psychology and Logopedics.
Qualification Requirements and Assessment of Qualifications
The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent full professorship or a fixed-term assistant/associate professorship (tenure track), depending on his or her qualifications and career stage. For more information on the career path and a description of the tenure track model at the University of Helsinki, please see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university/tenure-t....
Qualification requirements for the position of assistant/associate professor
An appointee to the position of assistant/associate professor 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 professorships shall demonstrate their ability and motivation for an academic career through publications and other means.
When considering applicants’ qualifications, account shall be taken not only of their research work and teaching qualifications, but also of their success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience and other international experience.
Qualification requirements for the position of professor
An appointee to a professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and have top-level scholarly qualifications, experience in the supervision of scientific research, as well as the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching and 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. Holders of professorships shall also have the skills necessary for serving as an academic leader.
When considering the applicant’s qualifications, attention shall be given to scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce teaching material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills as well as the applicant’s participation in doctoral education. Account shall also be taken of the applicant’s activity in the scientific community, success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience and international elected positions as well as leadership and interaction skills. To ensure that the applicant’s ability to supervise theses and dissertations meets the requirements of the Faculty of Medicine, the applicant for the professorship must have completed the supervision of at least one doctoral dissertation.
The salary for the assistant/associate professor’s position will be based on level 7 of the requirement scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. Annual salary for a tenure-track professor varies between 50,000 – 68,500 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. For a professor, the salary will be based on level 8-10. Annual salary for professor varies between 64,000 – 96,000 euros. All standard pension benefits and occupational health care are provided for university employees .
Read more about the employee benefits at the University of Helsinki and why the University of Helsinki is an excellent career choice: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university.
Applications must be accompanied by the following English-language documents:
• Curriculum vitae
• One-page report of scientific activities
• One-page statement of intent
• Documentation of teaching qualifications
• Report on external research funding
• List of publications
• List of 20 selected publications
Instructions and models for drawing up applications, as well as the requirements for language skills, are available on the Faculty’s website at
Further information of the tenure track career path at the University of Helsinki, please see
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Please submit your application (in PDF-format) 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 closing date for applications is 16.3.2020.
Enquiries about the vacancy:
Director of Medicum, Professor Eero Mervaala, eero.mervaala(at)helsinki.fi and Head of Department, Professor Laura Hokkanen, laura.hokkanen(at)helsinki.fi
Enquiries regarding the recruitment process:
HR Specialist Anu Roine, anu.roine(at)helsinki.fi
Technical support with the recruitment system:
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