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 postgraduate degree at the University of Helsinki.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, located on the Viikki Campus, promotes the sustainable use of natural resources and human wellbeing through scientific research and research-based teaching. The Faculty’s key areas of education and research include agriculture, food science, consumer science, forestry, environmental sciences, and biotechnology. The faculty is comprised of four departments and one independent institute. The Faculty has 3,200 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs 500 experts in the field.

The Department of Forest Sciences of the University of Helsinki conducts research of a high international standard in forest sciences and provides academic teaching based on this research. Its multidisciplinary activities aim to promote the ecologically, economically and socially sustainable use of forests and peatland. Some 360 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the Department, which employs a research and teaching staff of 140.

The Department of Forest Sciences at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki, invites applications for the position of


The professorship is within the major of Forest Economics and Marketing. The international research orientation includes analysis and evaluation of processes, programs, instruments and impacts of international forest and related policies. The position also focuses on enhancing the interaction between research, policy and decision-making. A significant share of the students is from abroad and they study in the English-language Master’s Degree Programme of the Department.

According to Section 33 of the Universities Act (No 558/2009), a professor shall carry out and supervise scientific work, provide education based on it, follow developments in research, and participate in societal interaction and international cooperation in her or his field.

According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, an appointee to a professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and have distinguished scholarly qualifications, experience in the supervision of scientific research, the ability to provide high level teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations, as well as documentation of international cooperation in the research field that the appointee represents. Holders of professorships are also required to have the skills necessary for serving as academic leaders.

When considering the applicant’s qualifications, attention shall be given to scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, teaching experience, and pedagogical training, the ability to produce teaching material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills, as well as the applicant’s participation in doctoral education. Account shall also be taken of the applicant’s activity in the scientific community, success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience, and international elected positions as well as leadership and interaction skills.

According to the Government Decree on Universities, professors are required to be competent in the language in which they provide instruction, normally Finnish or Swedish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Finnish and Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from these requirements without a separate application. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, appointees must have good English skills.

The salary will be based on levels 8-10 of the demands level chart 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.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their English-language applications a CV, a certificate of language skills, a list of publications and brief reports of the following:

  • research and scientific experience, and a scientific work plan
  • involvement in administrative duties
  • extension and outreach
  • other activities that the applicant wishes to bring to the Faculty’s attention and a description of teaching qualifications (for instructions, see link), or, alternatively, an academic portfolio containing the above documents.

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the possibility that, after the closing of the application period, the Faculty might request them to submit 10 most important publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors. The publications must be submitted via email as PDF files.

Applications addressed to the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, together with the required enclosures (as PDF files), must be delivered to the Registry of the University of Helsinki to the address The application may also be sent to the address Registry of the University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 3 (Fabianinkatu 33), FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland.

The deadline for applications is 17 August 2015 (the Registry closes at 15.45 local Helsinki time).

Further information:

Prof. Pasi Puttonen, Head of the Department of Forest Sciences,

Prof. Lauri Valsta, Chair of the search committee,


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