HiLIFE tenure track assistant / associate professor positions

HiLIFE tenure track assistant / associate professor positions

  • Helsinki, Finland
HiLIFE tenure track assistant / associate professor positions
Job description

HiLIFE Helsinki Institute of Life Science is one of the leading life science research institutes in the Nordics. It fosters outstanding research and generation of innovations across the University of Helsinki campuses and Faculties to create an attractive international environment where today’s grand challenges in health and environment are solved together. In HiLIFE, we believe that breakthroughs emerge by giving talented researchers sufficient resources and freedom to pursue their ambitions and expertise towards higher goals.

HiLIFE tenure track program aims to attract the most talented and motivated individuals. In the previous two calls HiLIFE has recruited 10 assistant/associate professors, who to date have been able to achieve 6 ERC grants during their years at the University of Helsinki.

We are now recruiting


to join this excellent crowd. The HiLIFE tenure track positions start 2023 at the earliest and are initially for three to five years with a possibility for promotion and tenuring following successful evaluation. The aim is to recruit three scientists, but additional places may be available in collaboration with HiLIFE operational units.

The positions are shared between one of the HiLIFE units (Institute of Biotechnology, Neuroscience Center and Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM))  and one of the participating life science faculties in Viikki, Meilahti and Kumpula campuses. We encourage applicants from all fields of life science to apply.  The faculties participate in the call and encourage applications especially from the following fields:

Position requirements

We seek talented candidates with a doctorate degree, post-doctoral experience, and recent demonstration of excellence in research in life sciences according to career stage. We build on scientific excellence; a suitable candidate has for example already produced early-career scientific track record, attracted funding, and is now ready to start working independently. The successful candidate shows potential to be a future research leader, and is expected to develop an independent externally funded line of research in current or emerging areas of life sciences. We are looking for individuals also capable of contributing to the development of life science infrastructures and/or higher education in evolving areas of life sciences.  Early-stage independent researchers are especially encouraged to apply.

For formal qualifications, please see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers/academic-careers/tenure-track. The degree requirement must be met by the end of the application deadline.

What we offer

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The positions come with an attractive negotiable startup package, and are initially for three to five years with a possibility for extension or tenuring following successful evaluation. All positions are shared between HiLIFE units and one of the participating faculties. Contracts during the tenure track are with HiLIFE and following tenuring at the faculty.  The salary is negotiable within the framework of the University of Helsinki regulations.

HiLIFE takes a proactive and transformative role in ensuring that our institute is the best place for everyone to conduct their work. Our Code of Conduct translates the University of Helsinki values and principles into practical guidelines that define how we behave and wish to be treated with zero tolerance against inappropriate behavior, bullying, harassment, or discrimination.

Application & recruitment process

Evaluation of applications is carried out by an Appointment Committee and includes external referee statements and interviews of shortlisted applicants. Finalists must successfully complete an interview process that includes a research seminar and teaching demonstration. The interviews are expected to take place on January 9 – 11, 2023. The recruitment is expected to be completed in March 2023.

For more information on the application & recruitment process, please see  https://jobs.helsinki.fi/job/HiLIFE-tenure-track-assistant-associate-professor-positions/749034302/?feedId=350602&utm_source=CareerSite_UniversityOfHelsinki  

Applications are submitted by August 25, 2022.

Further information


Areas of Research
  • Physical Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Life Sciences