Full Professor or Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure-track) in Evolutionary Palaeontology

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. 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


The focus of the position is on palaeontology research linking specimen level knowledge to multiscale exploration of the dynamics of ecosystems and environmental changes in the geological past. The position is embedded in a vibrant, multidisciplinary research community at the Faculty of Science and the Finnish Museum of Natural History (FMNH), ranging from palaeoclimatology, sedimentology, geochemistry and geophysics to hominin ecology, evo-devo and data science. The Faculty of Science and FMNH are also the home of the world-class database NOW on mammalian fossils and their localities, offering new opportunities in the use and development of analytical methodology.

To be successful in the position, the candidate must have an excellent track record of independent and innovative research relative to the career stage. Demonstrated expertise in any subject relevant to evolutionary palaeontology research is considered a strong merit, with preference given to applicants having experience in linking the dynamics of faunal change to terrestrial ecosystems in deep time. The candidate is expected to demonstrate excellence in research, maintain a strong externally funded active field and laboratory research program, to contribute to developing and using the department facilities, and to participate in education, administrative needs and outreach The appointee must have fluent English skills and proficient in Finnish. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish, he/she is expected to acquire advanced level skills (CEFR level C1; https://www.eur.nl/en/education/language-training-centre/cefr-levels ) within five years after the appointment. The university will support the appointee in acquiring the necessary Finnish language skills.

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 for the appointed assistant/associate professor prerequisites to grow into full professorship. In addition to the funding possibilities offered by the national funding agencies, the Faculty of Science opens calls on a yearly basis for infrastructure funding. The selected person is also anticipated to get a startup package equivalent to a postdoc salary for three years and some support for infrastructure development.

A 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, experience in heading scientific research. The professor must also be able to provide research-based teaching of high quality, supervise dissertations and theses as well as evidence of international cooperation in the field.

An assistant/associate professor must hold a doctoral degree and 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 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. a list of publications 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 University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link "Apply for the position". Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via SAP Fiori (https://msap.helsinki.fi).

The deadline for applications is 4 May, 2022.

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