Professor or Assistant/Associate Professor in Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology

Professor or Assistant/Associate Professor in Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology

University of Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland

The candidate is expected to have a strong track record in the field of terrestrial ecosystem ecology and to be committed to excellence in research, research training and undergraduate education. Suitable research topics include, for instance, carbon and/or nitrogen cycling/budgets and feedbacks, trophic interactions and dynamics, and species effects on ecosystem processes in the Arctic, boreal, or temperate region (under the changing climate). Experience in utilizing and developing advanced field and experimental research methods, large datasets as well as statistical, modelling, or remote sensing approaches to study ecosystem processes is considered an advantage. The selected candidate is expected to build up and lead an independent research group, acquire external research funding, and conduct innovative research. Duties will include supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students and actively participating in the teaching of Bachelor’s courses (e.g. Human Interactions with Nature and Biogeochemical Cycles, From Individuals to Ecosystems) and Master’s courses (incl. field courses) related to the field of the position, and taking responsibility for long-term curriculum development of the Environmental Bachelor’s Programme and the Master’s Programme in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability.

An appointee to a professorship must have a doctoral degree; have top-level scholarly qualifications, experience in the supervision of scientific research, and the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching and to supervise theses and dissertations. Evidence of international cooperation is required in the chosen research field.

An appointee to an assistant or associate professorship must have a doctoral degree, ability to conduct independent scholarly work, and teaching skills necessary for the position. Other requirements include the ability and motivation to pursue a scientific career, as demonstrated by publications or other means. Early-stage independent researchers are also encouraged to apply.

When considering the applicant’s qualifications, attention will be given to scientific publications and their impact in the applicant’s field of research, teaching experience, pedagogical competence, supervision of undergraduate and graduate theses, as well as participation in doctoral education. Skills in student-centred and blended learning approaches using digital tools is considered an advantage. Furthermore, applicant’s activity in the scientific community, success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience and positions in international organizations will be considered. The University of Helsinki has signed the DORA Declaration and applies its principles when assessing the scientific merit of applicants.

There is no requirement to be proficient in Finnish for foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good skills in English.

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