Friday, April 16, 2021


The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry invites applications for the position of

UNIVERSITY LECTURER in GRAIN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY starting on 1 August 2021 or by mutual agreement.

The University of Helsinki is the largest university in Finland, which seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. We are one of the best multidisciplinary universities in the world and our community of c. 8 000 employees offers wide ranging career development opportunities in teaching and research as well as in specialist and other support positions.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is located on the Viikki campus. The mission of the faculty is to promote the sustainable use of renewable natural resources through scientific research and research-based teaching. We focus on agricultural and forest sciences, food and nutrition, microbiology, as well as on economics and management. We cover the full natural resource chain from farm to fork, the entire field of forest sciences from soil chemistry to marketing, as well as the environmental effects of related activities. Graduates from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry are versatile experts in biosciences and business, able to meet the needs of both the business sector and society at large.

The Department of Food and Nutrition is one of the six units of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. Our key areas in research are food production chains, food quality and healthy nutrition. Our aim is to enhance chemical and microbial safety of food and to take part in risk assessment and management. Also factors associated with the choice of food and the impact of diet in sustaining health are important. At the department you are part of an international teaching and research staff, whose main aim is to enhance wellbeing and value nature and the environment. The department provides research based education at higher level in Finland and is responsible for BSc and MSc Programmes in Food Sciences and MSc Programme in Human Nutrition and Food-Related Behaviour. The department is also responsible for the teaching of chemistry at the faculty. External funding for research amounts to 40 % of the total budget and the number of PhD students is ca. 30. Up-to-date laboratory equipment and facilities including processing plants are available for research. The connections to food industry are active and good.

starting on 1 August 2021 or by mutual agreement.

The field of the position is grain science and technology. The appointee to the position should possess know how regarding cereal and legume raw materials and their processing as well as of properties affecting food quality and nutrition. Familiarity with the food industrial processes within the field is considered as an advantage.

The duties of the University Lecturer include laboratory, lecture and online teaching in the master’s programme and the bachelor’s programme in food sciences (, supervision of theses and participation in doctoral training. The University Lecturer will develop teaching in the field of the position together with the other academic staff. In addition to teaching duties the University Lecturer will conduct research in the field of the position, carry out administrative tasks and take part in societal interaction. The appointee is expected to be willing to work in multidisciplinary teams and also in cooperation with stakeholders from the private, public and third sectors.

According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, an appointee to the position of university lecturer shall hold an applicable doctoral degree and be able to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations. When assessing the qualifications of applicants for the position of university lecturer attention shall be paid to scientific publications and other research results of academic value. In addition, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a teaching demonstration will also be taken into account.

According to the University Decree, university lecturers must also be fluent in the Finnish language. In addition, university lecturers should be proficient in Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in the Finnish or Swedish language may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. Although the languages of instruction are English and Finnish, applicants without Finnish language competence are warmly encouraged to apply. It is however, expected that the appointee will acquire Finnish language skills to teach courses and perform administrative duties within a reasonable time after her/his appointment. Support for language studies is offered. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have excellent English language skills.

We offer an interesting opportunity to work in a diverse research environment. At the faculty you will carry out research-based teaching at the highest level in the field in Finland and have the opportunity to take part in internationally valued, first-class research activities. The position is also an opportunity to develop your own professional skills in a multidisciplinary work community. Your work will be supported by the research and teaching staff of the department and the faculty as well as the administrative and technical staff at Viikki campus.

The salary will be based on levels 5-7 of the requirements 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. Monthly gross salary for a university lecturer varies between 3 360 and 5 000 euros depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. Occupational health care services and standard Finnish pension benefits are provided for University employees. There is a six-month trial period for the position.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications in ONE SINGLE PDF file the following:
1. Motivation letter for the position in question (max 1 page)
2. A curriculum vitae (CV)
3. A numbered list of scientific and other publications in accordance with the Academy of Finland guidelines (
4. Research and scientific activities (max 3 pages)
5. Description of teaching experience and qualifications (max 3 pages). Please follow the faculty’s guidelines:
6. Involvement in administrative duties
7. Other activities which you wish to bring to the attention of the faculty

Applications with the above attachments must be submitted in a single PDF file, which is named: graintechnology_lastname_firstname. Other attachments are not required. Applicants not required to fill in all parts of the profile section, the above documents as attachments are sufficient.

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 deadline for applications is 10.5.2021.

• Further information about the position is available from Head of Department Professor Marina Heinonen (marina.heinonen(at), tel. 02941 58224)

• Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen (mirkka.juntunen(at), tel. +358 2941 57583)

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Due date

10.05.2021 23:59 EEST

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