Pro­fessor of Food Culture

Helsinki, Finland
23 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
27 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

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. 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 University of Helsinki is a community founded on research, learning and courageous thought. We respond to major global challenges through ground-breaking basic research, a curious mindset and collaboration. We wish to share our expertise and build a better world – together. At the University of Helsinki, some 8,000 specialists in a range of fields work in research and teaching, and in various administrative positions. Our diverse and inspiring work community is guided by the University’s strategic plan as well as its shared values: truth, bildung, freedom and inclusivity.

The internationally renowned Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki is Finland’s leading unit of research and teaching in Educational Sciences and Teacher Education. The Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki conducts research related to human growth, development and learning, multilingualism and justice in education, pedagogy and didactics. Research objects are educational systems, learning environments and learners. Our research aims towards the realisation of cultural and social possibilities for the wellbeing of an individual and a society in a changing world.

We provide undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education that qualifies students for both the teaching profession and other positions requiring general academic expertise. We also offer the pedagogical studies required to qualify as a teacher to students majoring in other faculties’ disciplines. For more information, please see the Faculty website at

The Faculty of Educational Sciences is seeking a


for a temporary substitute position during 1.8.2022-31.12.2026

The duties of the professor include research and teaching as well as development of teaching and learning in the field of food culture. In addition, the professor’s duties include supervision of theses and dissertations and other instruction, and management and development of research in national and international networks. The Professor provides teaching both in Finnish-speaking Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in educational sciences in the study track of Home Economics as well as in the English-speaking Master’s Degree program Human Nutrition and Food-related Behavior.

The position will focus especially on the social and cultural dimensions of food choice and food behaviour in Finland. Research duties will include i.e. deepening the multidisciplinary approach to food culture and a successful candidate will be expected to have experience of working on and/or managing research projects in the field of food culture. The professorship has been established with donated funds and will be financed by the support fund for food culture, administered by the University of Helsinki Funds.


An appointee to a professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and possess high-level academic qualifications and experience in heading scientific research, as well as the ability to provide research-based teaching of high quality and supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the appointee shall show evidence of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents. The holder of professorship shall also have the skills necessary for serving as an academic leader.

The appointee must be competent in the language in which he or she provides instruction, in this case Finnish and English language.

Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish, he or she must attain a level of Finnish proficiency suitable for everyday communication within three years of taking up the position.


An individual recruited as a professor is expected to have strong academic merits and qualifications and be recognised as a significant opinion-leader in his or her own discipline.

When assessing the qualifications of each applicant, attention will be paid to both scholarly and teaching qualifications. Scholarly qualifications include scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience as well as scientific commissions, positions of trust and international relations. When considering the teaching qualifications of each applicant, attention will be focused on teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills as well as participation in doctoral education. The applicant’s leadership and interaction skills as well as societal interaction and activity in the academic community will also be taken into account.


The salary for the position will be based on levels 8-9 of the requirement scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The gross monthly salary will be approximately 5,000€−7,000€ depending on the appointee’s scholarly qualifications and career stage. A 6-month probation period is applied.

The faculty’s administrative and technical staff, as well as your expert colleagues will support you in your role. The university takes care of your well-being by flexible work arrangements, comprehensive occupational health care and wide-ranging, low-cost UniSport services. Professional development is supported in different ways, i.e. by offering versatile staff training, mentoring etc.

The Faculty of Educational Sciences is a dynamic, inspiring and international working and studying environment that has invested in state-of-the-art research and teaching infrastructure. We encourage our staff to make bold and creative decisions while exercising high standards of ethical conduct in research, teaching and community relations.


Applications are 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) submit their applications through the SAP HR portal

Applications must have the following enclosures (in English language) as a one single pdf file which shall be named as follows: lastname_professor[foodculture]:

  1. University portfolio / CV
  2. A full, numbered list of publications (in which the ten publications most relevant to the position are indicated in bold font) as instructed by the Academy of Finland:
  3. Please note: use the publication type categories on your publications list as instructed here:;registryCode=research;schemeCode=J...
  4. A plan for the development of research and teaching (1-2 pages)
  5. A report on the applicant’s scientific / research activities (1-3 pages including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work)

Additionally, we request you to fill out a separate report on your teaching qualifications via:

On the Faculty’s request, short-listed applicants should prepare to submit up to 10 publications of their choice after the application period.

The application deadline is 27.1.2022.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (available between January 3rd - 27th 2022)

Further information about the position and faculty can be obtained from professor Minna Autio,

Further information about the recruitment process can be obtained from HR Specialist Linda Ylönen, Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi(at)

University of Helsinki is committed to promoting equality and to prevent discrimination throughout all operation and activities. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and minorities.

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Due date

27.01.2022 23:59 EET