Helsinki, Finland
30 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
16 Jan 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Established in 1640, the University of Helsinki is among the leading research universities in the world – an international community of more than 30,000 students and 8,000 staff, based on research, learning and courageous thought.  

The University of Helsinki is known for its multidisciplinary approach. We believe in the power of interdisciplinary research and cross-sectoral collaboration to find solutions and instil hope in a better and more sustainable future.  

The University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of


to lead the University and the University of Helsinki Group. The Board of the University will appoint the rector for a term of five years starting on 1 August 2023.

We are looking for an individual with a strategic vision for the development of the University of Helsinki and extensive knowledge of the academic world. You have insight into research and educational policy, and solid expertise in research and scholarship. You have an extensive collaboration network with various stakeholders. You are forward-looking and solution-driven and wish to contribute to the promotion of Finnish and international research, scholarship and education.

You are an experienced and respected leader. One of the University of Helsinki’s strategic choices is to invest in a healthy academic community. You are capable of engendering confidence and enthusiasm in our diverse community through your interactions. As rector, you will lead our community and operations on the basis of the University’s strategic plan and will uphold our shared values: truth, Bildung, freedom and inclusivity.

The rector is responsible, in accordance with the Universities Act, for the economical, efficient and effective discharge and further development of the University’s duties. You can provide evidence of successful management and leadership in a role with significant financial accountability. The University of Helsinki has a staff of approximately 8,300 and a budget of over €700 million. In total, the University of Helsinki Group has a staff of approximately 10,000. In 2021 it had a turnover of €1.1 billion and a balance sheet value of €1.9 billion. You have the experience and competence required to manage the finances and operations of a diversified group.

The appointee is expected to hold a doctoral degree. The position requires proficiency in Finnish, Swedish and English.

Join us in working for a better future – for the world.

Please submit your application through the University’s recruitment system by clicking Apply Now. Kindly attach your cover letter and curriculum vitae to your application. The closing date for applications is 16 January 2023.  Current employees of the University of Helsinki can submit their applications through the SAP Fiori system.

We ask applicants to note that, as the University is an institution under public law, its recruitments are public.

Further information is available from Niklas Bruun, Chair of the University Board, and Tiia Tuomi, Director of Human Resources,, +358 50 512 2738.