The Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki invites applications for a
PROFESSOR OR ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN HOMININ ENVIRONMENTS RESEARCH
The appointed professor is expected to develop a centre of expertise
for the study of the living environments of prehistoric humans or
alternatively the study of prehistoric humans in relation to their
environment. This position will sit in a community of vibrant
biogeoscience and evolutionary palaeontology research already in place
in a multidisciplinary research environment including developmental
biology, computer science and mathematics. This is also the home of the
NOW database of fossil mammals.
To be successful in the position, the candidate must have an
excellent track record of independent and innovative research relative
to the career stage is expected of the successful candidate.
Demonstrated expertise in any subject relevant to hominin environments
research is welcomed, with preference given to applicants having
experience in transdisciplinary collaboration or fieldwork related to
hominin environments or remains.
The University 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
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 approved by the Faculty (as set out at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-science/faculty/join-us/academic-p...)
2) a 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.
On the Faculty’s request, applicants should prepare to submit up to
10 publications of their choice to be sent to assessors after the
application period. The publications shall be submitted the University
of Helsinki Recruitment System upon request of the Faculty.
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 leave their application via the SAP HR portal.
The dead line for applications is 18 February 2019.
More information: Professor Mikael Fortelius, +358-2941 50837, email@example.com and Head of the Department Annakaisa Korja, +358-2941 51606, firstname.lastname@example.org.