Full Professor or Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in Solid Earth Geophysics

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.

The Department of Geosciences and Geography at the Faculty of Science is an exceptionally diverse unit for academic research and education (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-science/faculty/geosciences-and-geography ). Our research interests range from exploring the experiences of minorities in cities, to plate tectonics, to how environments have changed since life began. The common denominator of the research at the Department is our planet Earth, from its core to the structures of its surface and its people.

The Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki invites applications for a


We invite applications from all fields of Solid Earth Geophysics, but particularly welcome applications from those with a research focus in one of the following areas/methods: (1) understanding the deformation of the Earth and Earth materials, (2) the evolution and interior structure of the Earth and/or other planets, or those who have expertise in (3) modern data integration/analysis methods such as joint data inversion or (4) measuring Earth deformation via remote sensing or other techniques.

The selected candidate will be part of the Research Programme of Geology and Geophysics (GeoHel), where they will have use of the Solid Earth Geophysics Laboratory, a variety of geophysical field equipment, and a 370 m deep borehole on the Kumpula campus. We further anticipate synergy with members of the Institute of Seismology in the department. The candidate will likely also benefit from collaboration with applied mathematics and computer science experts in the Faculty of Science, the Finnish artificial intelligence and machine learning communities, and those in related fields at the national surveys and universities, and internationally.

To be successful in the position, the applicant is expected to develop/have a strong collaborative international network, demonstrate an ability to conduct research on an internationally high level as well as take advantage of national and international research funding opportunities. The appointee will participate in teaching and supervision at all levels in the department. Teaching duties for the successful applicant include providing introductory and advanced courses in Solid Earth Geophysics, supervising master's theses, and playing an active role in the development of teaching in the curricula of the Bachelor's Programme in Geoscience, the Bachelor's Programme in Physical Sciences, and the Master's Programme in Geology and Geophysics. The appointee must have fluent English skills. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish or Swedish, he/she is expected to work forward acquiring moderate proficiency within a reasonable time after the appointment. Support for language studies is offered.

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from all gender identities, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. We will offer the appointee a challenging career opportunity in top-level research and research-based teaching, possibilities for international collaboration, and the opportunity to grow into a full professorship if appointed as an assistant/associate professor. In addition to the funding possibilities offered by the national funding agencies, the Faculty of Science opens calls for infrastructure funding. The selected person is also anticipated to get a startup package equivalent to salary for a postdoc for three years and some support for infrastructure development.

A full professor will carry out and supervise scientific research, provide teaching based on it, follow developments in research and participate in societal interaction in his/her field and in international cooperation. According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, a professor must hold a doctoral degree and have high-level academic qualifications and experience in leading scientific research. The professor must also be able to provide research-based teaching of high quality, supervise dissertations and theses as well as to have international cooperation in the field.

An assistant/associate professor must hold a doctoral degree and possess the ability for independent scientific work as well as teaching skills required by the position. Furthermore, the successful candidate is expected to have competence and motivation for a scientific career proven by scientific publications and other academic activities.

When assessing the qualifications of each candidate, attention will be paid to scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce teaching materials, other teaching merits, and, if deemed necessary, teaching skills as demonstrated in a lecture as well as participation in doctoral education. Furthermore, attention will be paid to the applicant's activities within the research community, success in obtaining research funding, research work abroad and elected positions in international organisations.

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

  1. an academic portfolio after approved guidelines by the Faculty (as set out at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-science/faculty/join-us/academic-portfolio )
  2. list of those publications and other relevant documents on competence and merits that the applicant wishes to be taken into account in the selection process.

Upon the Faculty's request, the applicant should prepare to submit up to 10 publications of his/her choice to be sent to assessors after the application period. The publications shall be submitted through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System.

Please submit your application using the link "Apply for the position" on https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/open-positions/professor-or-assistantassociate-professor-in-solid-earth-geophysics (at the bottom of the page).

The deadline for applications is 8 April, 2022.

Further information may be obtained about

  • The position and operational environment: Head of Department Annakaisa Korja, annakaisa.korja(at)helsinki.fi, +358 50 318 5745 and Professor David Whipp, david.whipp(at)Helsinki.fi, +358 50 319 9336
  • The recruitment process and tenure track model: HR Specialist Tuire Savolainen, tuire.savolainen(at)helsinki.fi.

posted: 1 March 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.