lunes, enero 21, 2019

Profesor in homin environments research at the University of Helsinki

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

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 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 approved by the Faculty (as set out at
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, and Head of the Department Annakaisa Korja, +358-2941 51606,

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