5 Tenure Track Assistant/Associate Professor Positions

Selection of up to five HiLIFE assistant/associate professor is ongoing for positions starting earliest June 2019.  The nomination process is carried out by an Appointment Committee.  Updates on the process are posted here.

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HiLIFE opened its second call for HiLIFE assistant/associate professor positions in life sciences in September 2018 together with the collaborating Faculties.

By the deadline October 30, 2018 the call attracted 401 applications.

An appointment committee was nominated November 6, 2018, to manage the recruitment process. In January 49 shortlisted  applications with reference letters were sent for 16 external evaluator. Candidates to be invited for a site visit and interviews are selected in the beginning of February based on the statements from external reviewers. Site visits take place on February 25-27 and March 1 in Viikki and Meilahti Campuses of the University. 

The next steps for the recruitment process will include:

  • site visits, including interviews and teaching samples February 25-27 and March 1, 2019
  • final decisions tentatively by May 2019

Even though we will keep all applicants posted on the most important steps of the recruitment process by email, we encourage all applicants, as well as anyone else interested in the process, to keep an eye on this web site for future updates. You are also most welcome to send us your questions or comments by email to hilife-recruit(at)helsinki.fi.

  • Professor Anna-Elina Lehesjoki, Faculty of Medicine, chair
  • Associate professor Juha Huiskonen, HiLIFE & Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor Sampsa Hautaniemi, Faculty of Medicine (until December 2018)
  • Professor Satu Mustjoki, Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor Tomi Mäkelä, HiLIFE
  • Associate professor Mari Pihlatie, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (until December 2018)
  • Academy professor Craig Primmer, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor Yrjö Helariutta, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences & Institute of Biotechnology, HiLIFE (until December 2018)
  • Professor Maija Tenkanen, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (January 2019 onwards)
  • Professor Alan Schulman, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences & Institute of Biotechnology, HiLIFE (January 2019 onwards)

Secretary for the committee is HR specialist Anu Roine, hilife-recruit@helsinki.fi.

A successful candidate is expected to develop an independent externally funded line of research in current or emerging areas of life sciences.

    Finalists must successfully complete an interview process that includes a research seminar and teaching demonstration. The positions come with an attractive negotiable startup package, and are initially for three to five years with a possibility for extension or tenuring following successful evaluation. All positions are shared between HiLIFE and one of the participating faculties where contracts during the tenure-track are with HiLIFE and following tenuring at the faculty.  The salary is negotiable within the framework of the University of Helsinki regulations.

    We seek candidates with a doctorate degree and significant post-doctoral experience and recent demonstration of excellence in research in life sciences according to career stage. Early stage independent researchers are especially encouraged to apply.

    Applications were invited up to 31 October  2018 at 23:59 (EET).

    Evaluation of applications is carried out by an Appointment Committee and includes external referee statements and interviews of shortlisted applicants. The interviews are expected to take place in early February, and the recruitment to be completed by the end of May 2019.

    Further information:
    HiLIFE director, Professor Tomi P Mäkelä tel: +358 2941 25500, e-mail: hilife-recruit@helsinki.fi

    In case you need support with the UH recruitment portal, please contact recruitment@helsinki.fi

    HiLIFE has joint assistant/associate professors and HiLIFE Fellows as well as other joint activities with the life science faculties in Viikki, Meilahti and Kumpula campuses.

    Five of the life science faculties participate in this call in the following fields:

    The University of Helsinki is a leading Nordic life science university and an international academic community comprising 40,000 students and staff. With a critical outlook and a creative attitude, we are building a better future. The University provides international staff services to support for internationally recruited staff members and their family. Relocation advise, orientation, trainings and various other activities are provided to all staff to facilitate a smooth entry into our community. More...

    Helsinki Institute of Life Science HiLIFE  is a new life science research institute forming an attractive international environment for researchers with its units - Institute of Biotechnology, Institute of Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM, and Neuroscience Center - and in close collaboration with the life science faculties. HiLIFE fosters national and international partnerships in areas of research, infrastructures, and innovations as. For the most part HiLIFE operates in the Viikki bioscience campus and within the Academic Medical Center Helsinki.

    HiLIFE Tenure Track Positions

    The University of Helsinki tenure track system aims to increase the predictability, competitiveness, and attractiveness of academic career while promoting internationalization at the University.  The goal is to attract the most talented, suitable and motivated individuals in an increasingly competitive environment. 

    The HiLIFE Tenure Track positions are initially for three to five years with a possibility for extension or tenuring following successful evaluation. Initial contracts are made based on qualifications and experience and often for five years for international recruits to allow for accommodation. The positions are shared between HiLIFE and one of the participating faculties, where contracts are with HiLIFE during the tenuring periods and with one of the faculties when tenured. Recruitments can be made either as  Assistant or Associate Professors. Following the initial period, Assistant Professor recruits are evaluated for Associate Professor positions and  Associate Professor recruits for tenured positions. 

    Provisions on the degrees and other qualifications required for assistant professor

    The formal qualifications required for the positions are indicated in the general qualification requirements of the University of Helsinki (level 3). An appointee to the position of assistant 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.
    To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills. Although according to the Finnish Government Decree on Universities, assistant/assistant professors must be proficient in Finnish and have skills in Swedish, foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish can be exempted from this requirement without a separate application.