Dean, Fac­ulty of Ag­ri­cul­ture and Forestry

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 11 Apr 2021

The University of Helsinki is a community founded on research, learning and courageous thought, where groundbreaking basic research, open-minded curiosity and cooperation engender opportunities for solving global challenges. Our everyday work and interaction are guided by the University’s strategic plan as well as shared values: truth, Bildung, freedom and inclusivity.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is an expert in the responsible use of renewable natural resources both in Finland and worldwide. We focus on the agricultural and forest sciences, food and nutrition, microbiology, as well as on economics and management.

The Faculty is located on the Viikki Campus in Helsinki, with Viikki Research Farm. Other faculty locations are in Mikkeli and Seinäjoki. Faculty manages also Hyytiälä research station located in North-Häme and Muddusjärvi reseach station in Northern Lapland. Annually aproximately 250 students graduate with Master's degree. Doctoral degrees are awarded c.40 annually. Altogether, faculty hosts 2600 students.

The mission of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is to promote the sustainable use of renewable natural resources through scientific research and research-based teaching. 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. Our research is based on the natural sciences, economics and technology. With these resources, you can go far!

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry invites applications for a DEAN to lead the Faculty’s operations and support the rector in the University’s leadership. The dean will be appointed for a term of office from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2025.

As a dean, you will lead the faculty’s operations based on the University’s strategic plan and values. You will be responsible for the efficient, economic and effective completion of the Faculty’s duties, operations and degree programmes. You will prepare and implement the decisions of the Faculty Council and will be responsible for the Faculty’s human resources and financial matters as well as the assets managed by the Faculty. You will ensure your Faculty’s successful performance in accordance with the University’s values, while taking into account the indicators used in the university funding model. You will also contribute to the management of University-level duties in support of the rector. Through your actions, you will always further the interests of the University and your Faculty. You will report to the rector of the University.

The position of dean requires a strategic and future-oriented vision for the development of the Faculty and the University. Successful cooperation with the Faculty, the University community, the University’s senior leadership and stakeholders is based on interaction, openness, collegiality and objective-setting.


The dean must have financial and HR management skills as well as leadership and supervisory skills, and be willing to develop in their role. The dean must have an understanding of the academic world and experience in the academic management and leadership of a Faculty discipline. When making the appointment, merit will be accorded for insight into research and educational policy, experience in teaching, and engaging in active national and international cooperation in the field of the Faculty. A visionary approach to equality and inclusivity in the international operating environment will be considered an asset. The position requires proficiency in Finnish, Swedish and English. If necessary, the University will support the appointee in developing their Finnish language proficiency during the first year.

The appointee must hold a doctoral degree and have the competence and professional skills necessary to complete the duties of the position. In addition, the appointee must have good leadership skills as demonstrated in practice, for example, in an academic leadership position with operational responsibility.
Further information and application instructions

For additional information about the position, please contact Professor Pekka Uimari, chair of the appointment committee (pekka.uimari(at), +358 294159510), and Rector Sari Lindblom (president(at) Further information on the application process can be obtained from Ville Honkanen, head of human resources, +358 294122375, ville.honkanen(at)

Applications should be accompanied by the following documents:
1) A curriculum vitae and an application letter
2) A statement outlining the applicant’s vision of the future of education and research in the fields represented by the Faculty (max. 2 pages)
3) A description of the applicant’s leadership experience and leadership principles (max. 1 page)

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University’s electronic recruitment system. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal, under the tab Career and Job. The fields relating to education and work experience need not be completed. If you have questions about the recruitment system, please contact . We ask applicants to note that, as the University is an institution under public law, its recruitments are public.

The deadline for applications is 11 April 2021.

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