The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences ( represents the field of biological and environmental sciences at the University of Helsinki. The Faculty is responsible for research in the field and educates experts to meet the needs of universities, research institutes, government, schools and the business sector.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (, located on the Viikki Campus, promotes the sustainable use of natural resources and human wellbeing through scientific research and research-based teaching. The Faculty’s key areas of education and research are food, agricultural, forest and environmental sciences, and economics in relation to these areas. The Faculty has 3,200 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs 500 experts.

Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, HELSUS (, is a new cross-faculty research unit in sustainability science at the University of Helsinki. The mission of the institute is to contribute to sustainability transformations of the societies by means of inter- and transdisciplinary research and education. The research focuses in particular, on urban studies, consumption and production, and Global South and Arctic contexts. The professors in the institute will work in the institute’s interdisciplinary research programs and teach in HELSUS associated master’s and doctoral programs. There are around 50 professors and more than 60 researchers associated to the institute in the HELSUS faculties.

The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry invite applications for the position of

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR / ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR / PROFESSOR (tenure track) in SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE (Sustainability Transformation in Managing Ecosystem Services)

The successful applicant may be appointed to a professorship or a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system consisting of two stages, each 3-5 years), depending on his or her qualifications and career stage.

The appointee shall have scholarly interest in the management of ecosystem services, human-environment interaction and transformation of societies towards sustainability, demonstrated through research projects and publications. Relevant fields for research integration include ecosystem services in relation to ecological/environmental, social/cultural, and economic/political dimensions of sustainability, or preferably to any combination of these in multi or transdisciplinary approaches or through the nature-based solutions concept. Policy relevant work for the focal societal areas of HELSUS, particularly for the area of sustainable consumption-production, is appreciated. Skills to conduct multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research is highly preferred, as is the ability to conduct research relevant for developing solutions towards sustainability transformations.

The assistant professor / associate professor / professor shall hold a doctoral degree and be able to conduct top-level international research related to the role of ecosystem services in sustainability transformation, provide teaching based on such research in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts, and supervise Master theses and doctoral dissertations. He/she is expected to also participate in doctoral training and the development of teaching, as well as to be able to acquire research funding. He/she is also expected to be active in the science-policy interface for enhancing the use of research information in the society.

For a description of the tenure track system at the University of Helsinki, please see

Applicants must have an appropriate doctorate in environmental or social sciences or a related field at the time of appointment. Postdoctoral research experience is also preferable. Additional criteria include: 1) a strong record of scholarly achievement and publications; 2) experience with university-level teaching, mentoring, and other educational activities; 3) experience with working on interdisciplinary teams; 4) experience with, or a strong interest in, transdisciplinary “knowledge to action” approaches; 5) strong communication skills and; 6) evidence of potential to secure research funding. Applicants must be prepared to develop a cutting-edge research program in the management Ecosystem services. The position also will include teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, collaborating with interdisciplinary sustainability research teams within the school and across campus, and performing school, university, professional, and community service.

In addition, scholarly work outside Finland, high-quality international publications, active international collaboration networks and elected positions as well as success in the acquisition of external research funding will be considered an asset. Moreover, pedagogical training, teaching experience and merits, the ability to produce learning materials and, especially in the case of the professorship, leadership and interaction skills will be given particular consideration.

Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish may be exempted from the Finnish language requirement without a separate application. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills. If necessary, the appointee must also provide teaching and supervision in English and/or Finnish.

The salary for the position will be based on levels 8−10 (professor) and 7 (assistant/associate professor) of the requirement scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid.
Annual gross salary for a full professor varies between 64,000 and 96,000 euros, and for an assistant/associate between 50,000 and 68,500 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

For information on the University of Helsinki as employer please see

Applications must be accompanied by a single PDF file that includes the following documents in English:
1. A curriculum vitae
2. A list of publications on which the applicant has indicated his or her key publications
3. A report on teaching experience and merits (max. 3 pages, e.g., a teaching portfolio)
4. An informal report (max. 3 pages) on the applicant’s scientific activities (including the acquisition of research funding)
5. A brief report (1−2 pages) on how the applicant intends to develop his or her research and focus his or her scholarly activities, if appointed
6. The names and contact details of two/three persons who can recommend the applicant for the position.

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.

Further information may be obtained from professor Jari Niemelä (jari.niemela(at), tel.+358407408539), professor Heikki Setälä (heikki.setala(at), tel.+358503160554) and professor Anne Toppinen (anne.toppinen(at), tel.+3580504150219).

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

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