Assistant / Associate Professor or Professor of Mathematics

Helsinki, Finland
19 May 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position description

The research area of the position is mathematical analysis in a wide sense, including in particular geometric and harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, analytic number theory, probability and mathematical physics. We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic researcher with a track record of independent research that connects to one or several of the broad research themes of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Randomness and Structures. A successful candidate should show evidence of potential to research leadership in some of these areas. A capacity to bridge and enhance connections between several of the said themes is considered an additional strength.

In this call, preference will be given to assistant/associate level recruitments but well-motivated applications at the full professor level will also be considered. Women and other underrepresented groups in the field of mathematics are specifically encouraged to apply.

In addition to conducting research and teaching at different levels (graduate and undergraduate), the appointee is expected to take advantage of national and international research funding opportunities, and participate in doctoral education at the Department, in relevant administrative functions in the university community, and in the interaction between science and society at large. The teaching area of the position is mathematics in general, and the applicant’s capacity and willingness to contribute to diverse teaching needs of the Department is considered in the evaluation.


Candidates must have a doctoral degree in mathematics or in some other appropriate field. Excellent academic qualifications, international collaboration, and evidence of the capability of leading an independent research group are expected. The candidates must also be able to provide research-based teaching of high quality, supervise dissertations and theses, and participate in the development of curriculum at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must be fluent in English.

The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent full professorship or a fixed-term assistant/ associate professorship (tenure track), depending on their qualifications and career stage. For more information on the career path and a description of the tenure track model at the University of Helsinki, please see

When assessing the qualifications of candidates, attention will be paid to scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, participation in doctoral education, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce teaching materials, and other teaching merits. Teaching skills will be demonstrated in a lecture as part of the interview process. Furthermore, attention will be paid to candidates’ activities within the research community, success in attracting research funding, research work abroad, and elected positions / positions of responsibility in academia.

Salary and benefits

The University will offer the appointee an attractive career opportunity in top-level research and research-based teaching, possibilities for international collaboration, and prerequisites to grow into full professorship. The contracts for assistant and associate professors have a fixed term of 3–5 years, towards the end of which an evaluation is made concerning possible promotion to the next level. Assuming a successful evaluation at the end of the associate professorship, a promotion to full professorship is made.

The annual gross salary for an assistant/associate professor typically amounts to 60,000–74,000 euros and for professor to 75,000–92,000 euros. The selected person will also get a startup package of about 160 000 EUR.

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including preventive occupational health services and general medical care, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The Faculty of Science is an equal opportunity workplace committed to advance wellbeing and diversity and promote gender equality in science and education. We support the compatibility of work and family-life e.g. by providing an opportunity for 6 weeks of paid annual leave.

The University assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland and e.g. offers support for language studies to learn Finnish and Swedish. Finland is a very family-friendly country with generous parental leaves, very affordable state-subsidized day care that is available for all children, as well as world-renowned free primary education and universal healthcare. For more on the University of Helsinki as an employer and living in Helsinki, please see and

How to apply

Applications must have the following attachments as a one single pdf file (in English):

  1. A cover letter describing the candidate´s suitability for the position and motivation to apply for it (1–2 pages)
  2. An academic portfolio that is prepared according to the guidelines of the Faculty, see

Applications and the requested attachments shall be submitted through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System.

The deadline for applications is July 31st, 2022.

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

Further information

  • About the position and the operational environment: Professor Tuomas Hytönen, Head of Department of Mathematics and Statistics ( and Professor Eero Saksman, Director of the Centre of Excellence in Randomness and Structures (
  • About the recruitment process, tenure track model and academic portfolio: HR Specialist Jussi Hartikainen (


The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. Some 35,000 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree at the University of Helsinki.

As part of the Faculty of Science, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Helsinki is the biggest university department of mathematical sciences in Finland. The department hosts four current ERC grants of the European Research Council and two Centres of Excellence of the Academy of Finland.

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