University Lec­turer, Agro­tech­no­logy

Helsinki, Finland
25 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
14 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Helsinki is the largest university in Finland, which seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. We are one of the best multidisciplinary universities in the world and our community of c. 8 000 employees offers wide ranging career development opportunities in teaching and research as well as in specialist and other support positions.

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.

The aim of the Department of Agricultural Sciences is to conduct teaching and research on plant production in agriculture and horticulture, animal production, and technologies and environmental effects pertaining to them, as well as to yield societal impact through research. The main research fields of the department are agrotechnology, animal science, biotechnology, plant production sciences, and soil and environmental science. The department provides research based education at higher level in Finland and is responsible for BSc and MSc in Agricultural Sciences. There are ca 100 research and teaching staff at the department, some of whom work on external funding. In the study programmes offered by the department, there are ca 400 undergraduate and postgraduate students and c. 80 doctoral candidates.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry invites applications for the position of


starting on 1 January 2021 or by mutual agreement.

Energy use and production technology in agriculture are a central part of agrotechnology research that focuses on the development of environmentally sustainable technologies for farming and food production. A strong emphasis is on technology innovation and sustainability by taking into account the interaction between technology, plants, animals, environment and society. Many future trends in agriculture require adoption of new technology and its integration within existing processes. Electrification of machinery, automation, information systems, and machine intelligence represent technological methods that are important for future in order to develop environmentally sustainable farming processes, improve energy and production efficiency, and mitigate environmental impacts.

The duties of the University Lecturer in Agrotechnology include substance related research and teaching in the master’s programme and the bachelor’s programme in Agricultural Sciences (, The university lecturer will teach bachelor’s and master’s level courses, supervise theses, participate in doctoral training and develop teaching in the field of the position together with the other academic staff. The duties include especially the research and teaching of energy technology and production technologies in agriculture. Possible topics include use and need of energy and energy efficiency in agricultural production, energy analyses and emission analyses related to them, renewable energies in farm management, modern technologies in plant and animal production, and future cultivation methods including precision farming and automation. The appointee gets to develop teaching and research of the field as a member of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry, Viikki campus and the University of Helsinki together with relevant stakeholder groups. The position offers a possibility to teaching and research with new and future technologies in agriculture and utilisation of digital methods in teaching and research.


According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, an appointee to the position of university lecturer shall hold an applicable doctoral degree and be able to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations. When assessing the qualifications of applicants for the position of university lecturer attention shall be paid to scientific publications and other research results of academic value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a teaching demonstration.

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have excellent English language skills. According to the University Decree, university lecturers must also be fluent in the Finnish language. In addition, university lecturers should be proficient if Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in the Finnish or Swedish language may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. Although the languages of instruction are English and Finnish, applicants without Finnish language competence are warmly encouraged to apply. It is however, expected that the appointee will acquire Finnish language skills to teach courses and perform administrative duties within a reasonable time after her/his appointment. Support for language studies is offered.


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 salary will be based on levels 5-7 of the requirements level chart 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. Monthly gross salary for a university lecturer varies between 3 360 and 5 000 euros depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. Occupational health care services and standard Finnish pension benefits are provided for University employees. There is a six-month trial period for the position.


Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications in ONE SINGLE PDF file:

  • motivation letter for the position in question (max 1 page)
  • a CV
  • a list of publications
  • research and scientific experience (max 3 pages)
  • a description of teaching qualifications (max 3 pages)
  • involvement in administrative duties
  • other activities which the applicant wishes to bring to the attention of the faculty

Please follow the instructions for the description of teaching qualifications:

For the faculty’s general instructions, please see:

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

Please submit your application using 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.

The deadline for applications is 14.8.2020

  • Further information about the position is available from Professor Laura Alakukku (laura.alakukku(at), tel. +358 2941 58682) and Head of Department 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), tel. +358 2941 57583)

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14.08.2020 23:59 EEST