CALL FOR DIRECTOR
HiLIFE, Helsinki Institute of Life Science https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/helsinki-institute-of-life-science, is one of the leading life science research institutes in the Nordics. It builds on existing strengths and new recruits and partnerships to create an attractive international environment where today’s grand challenges in health and environment are solved together.
HiLIFE supports outstanding research and generation of innovations across the University’s campuses within partner faculties and its own units, the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/hilife-fimm, the Institute of Biotechnology https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/hilife-institute-of-biotechnology and Neuroscience Center https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/hilife-neuroscience-center.
HiLIFE also coordinates research infrastructures in life sciences and provides research-based interdisciplinary training. HiLIFE has a staff of more than 650 diverse scientists and support personnel. The budget exceeds 60 M€ of which about 65% is external competed research funding.
The University of Helsinki https://www.helsinki.fi/en is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers with a critical outlook and a creative attitude. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. Through the power of science, we contribute to a meaningful life, human wellbeing and healthy environment!
We are now seeking candidates for the position of
Director of HiLIFE
Appointed by the Rector of the University of Helsinki, the Director of HiLIFE provides enthusiastic, inspiring and clear leadership to HiLIFE as a spearhead of the University’s life science strategic research area and as a partner to the faculties of the University of Helsinki. The Director has overall responsibility of operations according to the University Regulations and HiLIFE Rules of Procedure and he/she prepares topics for the HiLIFE board.
The Director of HiLIFE promotes further development of a platform for high quality interdisciplinary research and teaching and strengthening of the University’s international links in life science. A key factor for success will be close cooperation with the leadership of other life science units at the University, identifying areas of strength and working constructively across all life science areas.
The Director will be appointed initially for a term of 5 years with the possibility of renewal based on evaluation. The salary is negotiable within the salary system of Finnish universities. The appointee will assume the position at the latest in January 1, 2022. A six-month trial period will be applied.
Qualifications and experience
Candidates for the position think strategically, are innovative, have a global mind-set and strong people skills. Strong candidates will have outstanding leadership capabilities and demonstrable experience of leading interdisciplinary work and complex structures in life science with excellent collaboration, communication and change agility skills.
Candidates will show a strong commitment to a broad base of interdisciplinary research in life science, and have a clear familiarity with international and emerging trends in life science in addition to having a strong personal track record of research and funding in any area of life science. The appointee must hold a doctoral degree and have the skills to serve as an academic leader. To attend successfully to the duties of the position, the appointee must be fluent in English. Proficiency in Finnish or Swedish is useful, but not necessary.
Application deadline and further information
Applications are welcome until August 16th, 2021.
For further information or proposals for nominations, please contact Vice-Rector and chair of HiLIFE Board Paula Eerola by email vicepresident(at)helsinki.fi (subject: “HiLIFE director”) or by phone + 358 29 412 2382 (Executive assistant of Vice-Rector Eerola – unavailable from July 16th). Please note that there may be delays in email correspondence during July.
For more information on HiLIFE or the recruitment process, you may contact Head of Administration Jonna Katajisto by email jonna.katajisto(at)helsinki.fi or by phone +358 2941 57562 (unavailable during July) or HiLIFE HR specialist Anu Roine by email anu.roine(at)helsinki.fi or by phone + 358 50 556 0633 (unavailable during July 10 – August 10).
In case you need technical support with the recruitment system, please contact rekrytointi(at)helsinki.fi.
Submission of applications
Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal https://saphr.it.helsinki.fi/irj/portal.
Please attach following information to your application (as pdf file)
i. CV (max 4 pages including biosketch and summarizing education, positions and academic work)
ii. your vision for the development of HiLIFE as part of the University of Helsinki
iii. statement on future development of life science research and your leadership strategy
iv. a list of not more than 10 selected publications with motivation for selecting each, and a link or reference (e.g. ORCID) to a complete list of publications.
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