The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is the only institution of higher education in Finland to train veterinarians. It has about 750 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs about 150 academic staff, which is about a half of the total staff number. The degree programmes have been accredited in accordance with the European System of Evaluation of Veterinary Training (ESEVT). The Faculty has four departments (Food Hygiene and Environmental Health, Equine and Small Animal Medicine, Production Animal Medicine, Veterinary Biosciences) and Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Veterinary Teaching Hospital is an essential part of research and teaching environment for clinical veterinary science.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for the position of a


The appointment is part time (about 70 %) for 4 years with a preferred starting date of 1 September 2021. The position will be filled with a 6 months probationary period.

The appointment is at the Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine. Research group FaunaFysio is looking for a postdoctoral researcher for a new research project. The project studies the effect of pulmonary physiotherapy on acute and chronic respiratory diseases on horses and dogs, and it is funded by the Academy of Finland.

The appointee will perform research in the project. The appointee co-supervises a doctoral student, and may also supervise undergraduate students (veterinary licentiate projects), and participate in other discipline-specific teaching. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5 % of the annual working time.

Requirements and expectations

The applicant should have either a DVM or a physiotherapist qualification, and in case of a physiotherapist, also specialization or Master of Science degree in veterinary physiotherapy. Moreover, the applicant should have completed a doctoral degree, preferably on pulmonary disease related topic. The applicant is also expected to have robust practical experience with either equines, small animals, or both. Especially clinical experience of pulmonary diseases is an asset in this position, as is experience in supervisory role. Due to the clinical nature of the project, ability to communicate in Finnish language with the clients is a benefit.

Salary and benefits

The salary is based on level 5 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities and includes a personal salary component. In total, the monthly salary in a 70 % part time position is about 2 300–2 800 € (vs. full time position about 3 300–4 000 €) depending on applicant’s qualifications and experience.

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Application to the position and attachments

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the button Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki should submit their application via the SAP HR portal. Please fill in only a few mandatory fields (*) in the Recruitment System, and include the required attachments (in Finnish or in English): a motivation letter (maximum of one page), and a relevant CV (maximum of two pages). You will receive an automatic confirmation email, when you have successfully submitted your application.

The closing date for applications is June 22, 2021 (23:59 EET).

Further information about:
• the project and position: docent, principal investigator Dr. Heli Hyytiäinen: heli.hyytiainen(at)
• applying or technical support: HR Specialist Heidi Kauppinen, heidi.m.kauppinen(at), +358504155341
• Faculty of Veterinary Medicine:
• Veterinary Teaching Hospital:
• University of Helsinki:

Due date

22.06.2021 23:59 EEST