Dir­ector of the In­sti­tute of Biotechnology, HiLIFE

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 01 Mar 2020

Director of the Institute of Biotechnology

The Institute of Biotechnology (BI) (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/hilife-institute-of-biotechnology ) within Helsinki Institute of Life Science HiLIFE at the University of Helsinki is at the forefront of molecular biosciences. BI is a dynamic institute addressing global questions from sustainable environment to the well-being of living organisms and it operates on a wide scientific landscape from plants, snakes and seals to molecular pathogenesis and treatment of debilitating human diseases. BI houses 37 research groups that are organized in three research programs: Cell and Tissue Dynamics, Genomics and Evolutionary Biology, and Structural and Quantitative Biology that carry out research and develop infrastructures at the highest international level and actively apply the results for societal benefit.

The Institute of Biotechnology (BI) is now seeking a visionary Director.

Expectations and conditions

Suitable candidates will be visionary scientific leaders of international stature and with a strong track record of innovative research, and with merits in building interdisciplinary academic research in a highly collaborative environment.

The earliest start date is August 2020. The position is initially for five years with a possibility of renewal, and is associated with research funding, and a start-up package when appropriate.

The Institute of Biotechnology Director will
• Develop the institute, including producing and implementing a vision for future scientific development as well as the recruitment of a new generation of outstanding scientists
• Establish their own successful research program
• Cultivate new collaborations both nationally and internationally

Qualifications and experience

The successful candidate will
• Hold an appropriate doctoral degree
• Have an outstanding track record of scientific discoveries and success in obtaining competitive funding
• Have a clear vision for future research directions within BI
• Have demonstrated successful leadership of international and diverse teams
• Be committed to fostering excellence in scientific research and research training


We offer an international, inspiring, and supportive research environment with excellent research facilities including in-house state-of-the art technologies in imaging, genomics, proteomics, Cryo-EM, macromolecular crystallography, and NMR. The successful candidate will also enjoy access to all HiLIFE infrastructure platforms (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/helsinki-institute-of-life-science/hilife-res... ). The salary is based on the salary system of the Finnish universities for teaching and research personnel, depending on the appointees’ qualifications, career stage and experience. The position comes with negotiable research support.

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care, health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. Finland is a member of the EU, has high quality free schooling (also in English), generous family benefits, and excellent healthcare. Finland was recently ranked as the best country in the world for expat families and Helsinki in the world’s top ten most livable cities. For more information about working at the University of Helsinki and living in Finland, please see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university .

Applications and further information

The application is to be submitted as a single pdf attachment, and it must include:
• a cover letter describing the motivation to apply for this position and contact information for two referees (max 1 page)
• your vision for the development of BI (2 pages)
• a curriculum vitae (max 2 pages) (max 2 pages)
• your research plan (max 4 pages)
• a list of up to 10 selected recent (within the past 10 years) publications with motivation for selecting each (2-3 page)
• a link or reference (e.g. ORCID) to a complete list of publications

All applications will be evaluated by an Appointment Committee. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an on-site interview, which includes a research seminar. Interviews are expected to take place on in early April, an evaluation conducted by HiLIFE’s Scientific Council is expected to take place in June, and the recruitment to be completed by August.

To apply, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on "Apply for the position". Current employees of the University of Helsinki are to submit their applications through the SAP HR portal.

The closing date for application submissions is Sunday, March 1, 2020, 23:59 EET.

For further information about BI, please visit our website (http://www.biocenter.helsinki.fi/bi/ ) or contact HiLIFE Director Professor Olli Silvennoinen (olli.j.silvennoinen(at)helsinki.fi). Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Anu Roine, anu.roine(at)helsinki.fi.

The Helsinki Institute of Life Science HiLIFE and the University of Helsinki

HiLIFE is a life science institute at the University of Helsinki established in 2017 supporting high quality research across campuses and life science faculties. HiLIFE builds on existing strengths and new recruits and partnerships to create an attractive international environment for solving grand challenges in health, nutrition, and environment. HiLIFE coordinates research infrastructures in life sciences and provides research-based interdisciplinary training. HiLIFE includes three operative units: Institute of Biotechnology, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM, and Neuroscience Center. In 2019 HiLIFE had a staff of 600 with a total budget of 60m€.

To have a look at what life in HiLIFE is really all about, please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBcOdTthFVQ .

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