Director of the Neuroscience Center, HiLIFE

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 09 Jan 2023

Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) is seeking a Director for the NeuroscienceCenter (NC). NC is a research unit belonging to HiLIFE at the UniversityofHelsinki (UH), a leading Nordic university with a strong commitment to life science research. The goals of the Neuroscience Center are to advance fundamental mechanistic understanding of brain functioning and to develop these discoveries into improved treatment, prevention, and diagnosis of psychiatric and neurological disorders. Research in the 17 research groups in NC spans several scales from stem cell research and molecular neuroscience to systems and cognitive neuroscience in both animal models and humans. NC hosts state-of-art facilities for modern neuroscience research, including infrastructures for in vivo rodent and human brain imaging as well as for electrophysiology, neuronal stem cell research, and behavioural studies for mice. NC also coordinates neuroscience research across disciplines locally with faculties within the University of Helsinki and in Helsinki Brain & Mind, which is a neuroscience network in the capital region formed by the University of Helsinki, Aalto University and HUS Helsinki University Hospital, and a regional node of Neurocenter Finland.


We are seeking a visionary scientific leader with an internationally recognised strong track record of innovative and interdisciplinary research in neurosciences, and with strong leadership skills, including prior experience in leadership and management. Suitable candidates for the position think strategically, are innovative, have a global mind-set, and have strong people and change agility skills. We value merits in building interdisciplinary academic research in a highly collaborative environment.

The NC Director will

- Lead the scientific research within the NC and produce and implement a strategy for future scientific growth, development, and excellence
- Be responsible for daily operations, personnel, resources and procuring external funding, and development of NC
- Recruit and foster a new generation of outstanding researchers
- Lead the director’s own research group
- Foster new collaborations, also within the University of Helsinki and HiLIFE
- Contribute to the development of life-science research cooperation across the University’s faculties and institutes

The NC director is a member of HiLIFE Management Team and a member of the steering group of Neurocenter Finland.

The director is anticipated start as soon as possible or as negotiated. The position is initially for five years with a possibility of renewal and is associated with funding for the group. The salary is negotiable within the salary system of Finnish universities.


The successful candidate will

- Hold an appropriate doctoral degree
- Have an outstanding scientific track-record in neuroscience including high-level publications and success in obtaining extramural funding
- Have previous management, executive, and leadership experience together with executive education and demonstration of leadership in diverse international teams
- Present a clear vision for the future directions of research and management in neurosciences and NC
- Show a commitment to fostering excellence in scientific research and research training.

The application deadline is January 9th, 2023 (23:59 Finnish time).

Interested? Please visit our web site for further information and application instructions.

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