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Professor / Assistant/Associate Professor in Agricultural Economics

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

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR / ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR / PROFESSOR IN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

from 1.2.2025 onwards or as agreed. The position may be filled as a tenure track assistant professor, tenure track associate professor or full professor depending on the candidate’s merits and career stage. Information about our tenure track system: University of Helsinki tenure track. The goal of the tenure track is to advance to a permanent professor position.

The field of the position is agricultural economics, focusing on farm production economics and management. The tenure track assistant/associate professor or full professor will be hosted by the Department of Economics and Management of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. As such, he/she will teach and conduct research in agricultural economics in collaboration with other departments of the Faculty, the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics (HGSE) as well as other relevant stakeholders.  Knowledge of the agri-food system in northern regions is considered an advantage. The appointee is expected to carry out high-quality economic research in one or several of the following research fields:

  • measurements and drivers of efficiency, productivity and profitability in agriculture
  • farm decision making under risk and uncertainty
  • agricultural production economics and farm management
  • farm-level models for agricultural policy analysis
  • technological change and innovation in agriculture

The tenure track assistant/associate professor or full professor will teach agricultural economics in the Bachelor’s programme in environmental and food economics (YET), Bachelor’s programme in agricultural sciences (MAAT), and Master’s programme in agricultural, environmental and resource economics (AGERE). Teaching activities in other degree programmes and in collaboration with HGSE is also possible depending on the appointee’s profile. The appointee will also be expected to supervise doctoral students and to engage in public discussions on the future of the agricultural sector in Finland and Northern Europe .

REQUIREMENTS

An appointee to the position of assistant professor or associate professor in the tenure track system shall have

  • a doctoral degree
  • the ability to conduct independent scholarly work
  • the teaching skills required for the position
  • the ability and motivation to pursue an academic career, as demonstrated by publications and other means

An appointee to the position of professor shall have

  • a doctoral degree
  • high-level academic qualifications
  • experience in leading scientific research
  • the ability to provide research-based teaching and supervise dissertations and theses
  • evidence of international cooperation in the research field they represent
  • academic leadership skills

When considering the candidates’ qualifications, attention shall be given to scientific and teaching merits. In addition, the candidates’ leadership and interaction skills, as well as activity in the scientific community and public engagement shall also be taken into account.

Scientific merits include

  • scientific publications and other research results of academic value
  • success in obtaining external research funding
  • international research experience
  • international elected positions

Teaching merits include

  • teaching experience
  • pedagogical training
  • the ability to produce learning material
  • other teaching merits
  • a teaching demonstration (if necessary)
  • participation in doctoral education

According to the Government Decree on Universities, tenure track associate/assistant professors must be proficient in Finnish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Swedish. 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, they are expected to acquire intermediate level skills (CEFR level B2; https://europa.eu/europass/en/common-european-framework-reference-language-skills) within five years after the appointment. The University will support the appointee in acquiring the necessary Finnish language skills and time for language studies can be included in annual work plan. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have fluent English skills.

WHAT WE OFFER

We offer an interesting opportunity to work in a diverse research environment. At the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry 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 of the faculty. 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 professor’s salary will be based on levels 8−10 and the assistant/associate professor’s on level 7 of the job requirement scheme 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. The professor’s gross annual salary varies between 70 000 and 96 000 euros and the assistant/associate professor’s between 55 000 and 72 000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

Furthermore, 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.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications a SINGLE PDF file that includes the following documents in English:

  1. CV
  2. A short motivation letter and report on how the applicant intends to develop his or her research and focus his or her activities, if appointed (1-2 pages)
  3. Report on the applicant’s research activities (including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work) (max. 5 pages)
  4. A numbered list of publications
  5. A report on pedagogical expertise (see the instructions via the link below under University portfolio – Teaching and supervision)

For more detailed instructions on the application documents, please see

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers/open-positions/instructions-applicants-teaching-and-research-positions

Applications with the above attachments must be submitted in a single PDF file, which is named:

agricultural economics_lastname_firstname. Other attachments are not required.

The Faculty may request shortlisted candidates to submit 10 publications of their choice to be sent to external assessors via the electronic recruitment system after the application deadline. In the case of shortlisted candidates, aptitude evaluation may be used as part of the recruitment process.

External applicants, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply Now link.

Applicants who have a helsinki.fi username and a valid employment contract, a grant researcher's contract, a visiting researcher's or visiting professor's contract at the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by using the Employee login.

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

The closing date for applications is 12.8.2024 at 23:59 EEST.

  • Further information can be obtained from the Director of the Department, Professor Marko Lindroos, marko.lindroos(at)helsinki.fi, +358 0294158068
  • Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen, mirkka.juntunen@helsinki.fi, +358 294157583 

About us

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. www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-agriculture-and-forestry

www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-agriculture-and-forestry

The Department of Economics and Management is one of the units of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The department conducts internationally recognized research related to the economics and management of farms, the food chain, natural resources, the environment and the broad bio-economy. Our aim is to deliver high-impact research and teaching contributing to the sustainability transition of the food and economic systems. The main research fields of the department are agricultural economics, consumer economics, environmental and resource economics, marketing, and management for sustainable food systems. The department entertains particularly close research and teaching collaborations with the Department of Agricultural Sciences and the Helsinki Graduate School of Economics. About 80 researchers and teachers are employed in the Department, which is in charge of one BSc programme and two MSc programmes. The Department is active in broad societal discussions related to agriculture, the food system, and environmental issues. It also has strong collaborations with companies, government agencies, research institutes and other Universities, nationally and internationally.

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-agriculture-and-forestry/research/economics-and-management

WHY FINLAND AND HELSINKI

Finland is a member of the EU, has high quality and inexpensive childcare, free schooling and tertiary training (also in English), generous family benefits and healthcare, and was recently ranked as the best country in the world for expat families. Finland repeatedly tops the World Happiness Report (https://toolbox.finland.fi/life-society/finland-the-happiest-country-in-the-world).

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