University of Helsinki

Professor or Assistant / Associate Professor in Translational Plant Science

University of Helsinki, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Helsinki, Finland

The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits.

The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences is Finland’s most high-profile and extensive hub of research and teaching in the field. The Faculty educates experts to meet the needs of universities, research institutes, government, schools and the business sector. The Faculty is comprised of three units or research programmes: Ecosystems and Environment, Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, and Molecular and Integrative Biosciences.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is located on the Viikki campus. The mission of the faculty is to promote the sustainable use of renewable natural resources through scientific research and research-based teaching. We focus on agricultural and forest sciences, food and nutrition, microbiology, as well as on economics and management. We cover the full natural resource chain from farm to fork, the entire field of forest sciences from soil chemistry to marketing, as well as the environmental effects of related activities. Graduates from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry are versatile experts in biosciences and business, able to meet the needs of both the business sector and society at large.

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


The selected applicant will be appointed to a fixed-term assistant / associate professorship (tenure track) / full professorship depending on their qualifications and career stage. The tenure track position is expected to lead to full professorship after evaluation.

We seek an internationally competitive researcher with a strong academic track-record in translational plant science aimed at increasing the productivity, resilience and quality of food crops in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. The successful candidate will complement the research profile in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology research programme (OEB) at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, and form a bridge to the crop science research of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The candidate should have a strong motivation to develop research and teaching on translational crop science by combining cutting-edge bioscience with innovative agronomy. Experience in crop genetics, genomics or other forms of translational crop science is desirable. The candidate is expected to develop a strong line in research on crop plants. The candidate’s research effort will facilitate breeding more resilient plant species/cultivars of economic value in various future environments, and will provide critical information for practical plant breeding.

This position is part of Thriving Nature, a new University initiative to understand biological resilience. Therefore, the appointee is expected to engage extensively in collaboration with other staff members to resolve, across biological levels, the mechanisms causing and regulating why some species show resilience to environmental change. Other positions being recruited in this initiative include ecological and evolutionary dynamics, ecological data sciences, genomics-based plant science, and forest genomics and breeding. The selected candidate will join existing research groups in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences and in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, working in various fields of ecology and plant sciences with a wide range of study systems in natural, semi-natural, agricultural field and laboratory settings. The selected candidate is also expected to participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching and supervision at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.

Viikki Campus offers excellent facilities for molecular and experimental work including extensive research greenhouses, common garden and plant phenotyping facilities on campus as well as Viikki Plant Science Centre ViPS ( and Viikki Research Farm ( In addition to the core facilities available at the Viikki Campus, the faculties also have research stations around the country and internationally ( Thriving Nature will also establish a BioData Analytics Unit to be based at Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences, HiLIFE ( with four new staff scientists and IT infrastructure to assist the PIs in dealing with current big data challenges and provide off-the-shelf solutions for data analysis. The BioData Analytics Unit will also assist with the development of analysis methods as required by the new synergistic research enabled by this profiling action, which will be integrated with our other data analysis efforts, such as HiDATA (

An appointee to the position of assistant professor or associate professor in the tenure track system must hold
- a doctoral degree
- the ability to conduct independent scholarly work
- the teaching skills required for the position
- the ability and motivation to pursue an academic career, as demonstrated by publications and other means.

An appointee to the position of professor must hold
- a doctoral degree
- high-level academic qualifications
- experience in leading scientific research
- the ability to provide research-based teaching and supervise dissertations and theses
- evidence of international cooperation in the research field they represent
- academic leadership skills

When considering the applicant’s qualifications, attention will be given to scientific publications, other research results of scientific value, 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.

Teaching merits include teaching experience, pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits, a teaching demonstration (if necessary) and participation in doctoral education

We offer an interesting opportunity to work in a diverse research environment. At the Faculty you will carry out research-based teaching at the highest level in the field in Finland and have the opportunity to take part in internationally valued, first-class research activities. The position is also an opportunity to develop your own professional skills in a multidisciplinary work community. Your work will be supported by the research and teaching staff of the department and the faculty as well as the administrative and technical staff at Viikki campus.

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 professor’s gross annual salary varies between 64 000 and 96 000 euros and the assistant/associate professor’s between 50 000 and 68 500 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. Furthermore, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications a single PDF file that includes the following documents in English:
1) CV
2) A report (max. 5 pages) on pedagogical expertise
3) A numbered list of publications
4) A report (max. 5 pages) on the applicant’s research activities (including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work)
4) A report (max. 2 pages) on how the applicant intends to develop his or her research and focus his or her activities, if appointed

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Please follow the guidelines for the description of teaching qualifications

Applications with the above attachments must be submitted in a single PDF file, which is named: Translational plant science _lastname_firstname. Other attachments are not required.

The Faculty may request shortlisted applicants to submit 10 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors via the electronic recruitment system after the application deadline.

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 31 October 2019.

• Further information can be obtained from the Director of the Organismal and evolutionary Biology Research Programme, Prof. Kurt Fagerstedt, kurt.fagerstedt(at), +358 294159438 or from the Director of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Prof. Helena Korpelainen, Helena.korpelainen(at), tel. +358 2941 58383.
• Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen, mirkka.juntunen(at)

• In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment(at)

For more information on the tenure track model, career path and general assessment criteria for different stages at the University of Helsinki, please see

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