Pro­fessor or As­sist­ant/​​As­so­ci­ate Pro­fessor, Sil­vi­cul­ture

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 07 Mar 2022

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


The University of Helsinki (UH) is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits.

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 Forest Sciences is a unit under the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, which employs circa 100 individuals. The Department conducts research of a high international standard in the forest sciences and provides the highest education based on this research. The focus areas of the Department’s research and teaching are forest ecology and forest resource management as well as forest economics, business and society. The goal of the Department’s multidisciplinary operations is to provide teaching in the sustainability and sustainable use of forests, as well as conduct related scholarly research and public engagement. The Faculty grants Bachelor and Master of Science (Agriculture and Forestry) degrees, as well as Doctor of Science (Agriculture and Forestry) degrees in the University’s doctoral programmes. The Department’s degree programmes have roughly 350 undergraduate and 60 postgraduate students. The Department of Forest Sciences is active in its public engagement and it has a long history of successful collaboration with research institutes in the field, other universities, public administration and businesses both nationally and internationally.

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


from 1.1.2023 onwards or as agreed. The position may be filled as a tenure track assistant professor, tenure track associate professor or full professor depending on the candidate’s merits and career stage.

The appointee must have a comprehensive knowledge of the field of silviculture, the main research topics of which are the following:

  • Development of multi-objective silvicultural methods and economic, ecological and social impacts of different silvicultural methods.
  • Increasing the growth of trees and improving their quality through silvicultural methods.
  • Ecological silviculture: taking into account biodiversity objectives in silviculture.
  • Silvicultural methods and adaptation to climate change: how silvicultural methods can increase the resilience of forests against damages.
  • Taking into account the perspectives and goals of forest owners in the development of silvicultural methods.
  • The appointee must have their own research evidence on at least one theme. The placement of research in several themes as well as the export of research data to practical forestry and the social impact related to the sector are considered an advantage. The professorship focuses on forestry in boreal forests. Knowledge of Finnish and Nordic silviculture is essential in the task.

    The appointee maintains and strengthens the teaching resources of the Department of Forest Sciences by participating in teaching and mentoring students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs (; ). The person also works in the management teams of the degree programs and participates in the development of the department's teaching.

    A longer description of the field of the position:


    • An appointee to the position of assistant professor or associate professor in the tenure track system shall have
    • a doctoral degree
    • the ability to conduct independent scholarly work
    • the teaching skills required for the position
    • the ability and motivation to pursue an academic career, as demonstrated by publications and other means

    When assessing the applicants’ qualifications, attention shall be paid not only to research work and teaching qualifications, but also to success in the acquisition of external research funding as well as international scholarly work and other international experience.

    An appointee to the position of professor shall have

    • a doctoral degree
    • high-level academic qualifications
    • experience in leading scientific research
    • the ability to provide research-based teaching and supervise dissertations and theses
    • evidence of international cooperation in the research field they represent
    • academic leadership skills

    When considering the applicants’ qualifications, attention shall be given to:

    • scientific publications and other research results of academic value
    • activity in the scientific community
    • success in obtaining external research funding
    • international research experience
    • international elected positions
    • as well as leadership and interaction skills.

    Teaching merits include

    • teaching experience and pedagogical training
    • the ability to produce learning material
    • other teaching merits
    • a teaching demonstration (if necessary)
    • participation in doctoral education

    To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills.

    According to the Government Decree on Universities, professors and associate/assistant professors must be proficient in Finnish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish or Swedish, she/he is required to acquire an adequate level of proficiency in Finnish within a reasonable period of time. The university will support the appointee in acquiring the necessary Finnish language skills.


    We offer an interesting opportunity to work in a diverse research environment. At the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry 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 of the faculty. 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 professor’s salary will be based on levels 8−10 and the assistant/associate professor’s on level 7 of the job requirement scheme 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. The professor’s gross annual salary varies between 70 000 and 96 000 euros and the assistant/associate professor’s between 55 000 and 62 000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. Furthermore, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development.


    Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications a SINGLE PDF file that includes the following documents in English:

  • CV
  • A report on pedagogical expertise (max. 5 pages) (please follow the guidelines for the description of teaching qualifications
  • A numbered list of publications
  • A report on the applicant’s research activities (including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work) (max. 5 pages)
  • A short cover letter and report on how the applicant intends to develop his or her research and focus his or her activities, if appointed (max. 2 pages)
  • For more detailed instructions, please see

    Applications with the above attachments must be submitted in a SINGLE PDF file, which is named:
    silviculture_lastname_firstname. Other attachments are not required.

    The Faculty may request shortlisted applicants to submit 10 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors via the electronic recruitment system after the application deadline. In the case of shortlisted applicants, aptitude evaluation may be used as part of the recruitment process.

    Applications must be submitted through the University’s electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Current employees of the University of Helsinki must submit their applications through SAP Fiori at

    The deadline for applications is 7.3.2022

    Further information can be obtained from the Professor Markus Holopainen, , +358 2941 58181

    Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen, , +358 2941 57583

    The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and minorities.

    For more information on the tenure track model, career path and general assessment criteria for different stages at the University of Helsinki, please see

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    07.03.2022 23:59 EET

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