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Professor or Assistant/Associate Professor in Integrative Physiology

Employer
UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI
Location
Helsinki, Finland
Closing date
15 Dec 2023

The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, invites applications for the position of PROFESSOR OR ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN INTEGRATIVE PHYSIOLOGY starting 1st August 2024 or by mutual agreement.

The candidate is expected to have a strong track record in the field of Integrative Physiology and to be committed to excellence in research, research training and undergraduate education.  Suitable research topics include molecular, cellular and organismal mechanisms involved in physiology or pathophysiology of multicellular animals, including responses to environment or nutrition.  Experience in utilizing and developing advanced experimental approaches, such as metabolomics, lipidomics or other techniques relevant for integrative physiology is considered an advantage. The selected candidate is expected to build up and lead an independent research group, acquire external research funding, and conduct innovative research. Duties will include supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students and actively participating in the teaching of Bachelor’s and Master’s courses related to the field of the position. In particular, taking responsibility for long-term curriculum development of the Cell and Systems Physiology study track of the Master’s Programme in Neuroscience, and teaching on its courses will be expected (see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/degree-programmes/neuroscience-masters-programme).  

The successful applicant may be appointed to a fixed-term assistant / associate professorship (tenure track) (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers/academic-careers/university-helsinki-tenure-track), or to a tenured full professorship depending on the applicant’s qualifications and career stage. We are looking for candidates who would complement the scientific profile of the Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-biological-and-environmental-sciences/research).

An appointee to a professorship must have a doctoral degree; have top-level scholarly qualifications, experience in the supervision of scientific research, and the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching and to supervise theses and dissertations. Evidence of international cooperation is required in the chosen research field.

An appointee to an assistant or associate professorship must have a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. Other requirements include the ability and motivation to pursue a scientific career, as demonstrated by publications or other means. Early-stage independent researchers are also encouraged to apply.

When considering the applicant’s qualifications, attention will be given to scientific publications and their impact in the applicant’s field of research, teaching experience, pedagogical competence, supervision of undergraduate and graduate theses, as well as participation in doctoral education. Skills in student-centered and blended learning approaches using digital tools is considered an advantage. Furthermore, applicant’s activity in the scientific community, success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience and positions in international organizations will be considered. The University of Helsinki has signed the DORA Declaration and applies its principles when assessing the scientific merits of applicants.

There is no requirement to be proficient in Finnish for foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good skills in English.

The starting annual gross salary for assistant/associate professors typically amounts to 60,000 - 72,000 euros and for professors to 72,000 – 92,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s career stage and scholarly qualifications. In addition to the facilities and research infrastructure that are currently available, the Faculty will provide a startup package to the appointee.

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, language courses, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland. For more information, see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers/information-arriving-international-staff.

The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. We are committed to the principles and practices of open science. 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 Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-biological-and-environmental-sciences) is Finland’s premier hub for life science research and education. The professorship is based in the Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme, which is one of the three Research Programmes in the Faculty. Strong research areas of the Programme, which are also reflected in teaching, are cell and developmental biology, genetics and genomics, neurobiology, and structural biology and virology.

The research and teaching activities at the Viikki Campus are supported by state-of-the-art infrastructures including core facilities for e.g. DNA sequencing and genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics, and light- and electron microscopy (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/hilife-helsinki-institute-life-science/services/life-science-research-infrastructures). Within the Research Programme, an in-house animal facility and a wide range of laboratory services support research.

Application procedure. Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English:

  1. CV
  2. A report on the applicant’s previous research activities and acquired external funding (total funding, broken down over the last 10 years amounts, status as PI or co-PI, funding agency, project name), and a plan for how the applicant intends to develop their research and focus their activities in the future. (max. 3 pages)
  3. A report (max. 3 pages) of experience and merits which are of relevance for the evaluation of teaching skills.
  4. A numbered list of publications in English and other works with which the applicant wishes to demonstrate their competence and merits, with maximum 10 most important publications highlighted with brief explanations. Copies of these publications maybe requested as material for the assessors.

Alternatively, an academic portfolio maybe provided containing the above documents and information.

For more detailed instructions, see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers/open-positions/instructions-applicants-teaching-and-research-positions

Applications must be 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) must submit their applications through the Sap Fiori. The deadline for applications is December 15th, 2023.

Further information can be obtained from the Director of the Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme, Professor Juha Partanen, juha.m.partanen (at) helsinki.fi, tel. +358 (0) 2941 59382 or from Professor Juha Voipio, juha.voipio (at) helsinki.fi, tel. +358 (0) 2941 59858.

Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi (at) helsinki.fi

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