University Lecturer in Food Technology

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 13 Apr 2023

The Department of Food and Nutrition at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry invites applications for the position of university lecturer in food technology starting on 1.8.2023 or by mutual agreement.

The field of the position is food technology. The university lecturer will provide field-specific teaching in the bachelor’s and master's programmes in food science ( ), supervise theses, develop teaching together with other teachers, and promote and to conduct food technological research in the focus areas of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The position also includes participating in doctoral education. Among the teaching duties are face-to-face and online teaching which include both lecture teaching and exercises dairy science and technology. The appointee is required to have expertise regarding processing and substance specific properties of milk and dairy products as well as knowledge on properties having impact on food quality and nutrition. The appointee should also possess wider knowledge on technologies used in processing of different foods and their raw materials.  The person selected for the position must have the necessary pedagogical skills to teach and develop teaching in Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programmes.


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 three years 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 3 400 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 (in Finnish or in English):

  • Motivation letter for the position in question (max 1 page)
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A numbered list of scientific and other publications (please use the Ministry of Education and Culture classification of publication types:;registryCode=research;schemeCode=Julkaisutyyppiluokitus
  • Research and scientific activities (max 3 pages)
  • Involvement in administrative duties
  • Other activities which you wish to bring to the attention of the faculty
  • Please submit the description of your teaching qualifications via a separate e-form at:

    Guidelines on application documents:

    Applications with the above attachments must be submitted in a single PDF file, which is named:

    foodtechnology_lastname_firstname. Other attachments are not required. 

    External applicants, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply Now button.

    Applicants who have a username and a valid employment contract, a grant researcher's contract or a visiting researcher's contract at the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by using the Employee login.

    The deadline for applications is 13.4.2023 (at 23.59 EET)

    The University of Helsinki welcomes applications from representatives of different genders, language and cultural backgrounds, and minorities.


    • Further information about the position is available from Head of Department Professor Marina Heinonen (marina.heinonen(at), tel. +358 2941 58224)

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


    The Department of Food and Nutrition is a one of the six departments of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The Department employs about 140 people including 25 teaching positions.  We respond to sustainability challenges associated with the food system by investigating and developing raw materials used in food and production techniques on the road to an increasingly healthy and environmentally friendly diet. In our changing society, the need for research-based knowledge on food, diets and their health effects as well as the special needs of different consumer groups is growing.

    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.

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