Assistant Professor/Professor in Soft Matter Chemistry University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry at the Faculty of Science Finland



The University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University of Helsinki includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community with 35000 students.


The Department of Chemistry at the Faculty of Science has a wide profile and it carries out international level research in three research programs, i.e., materials chemistry, synthesis and analysis, and molecular science.


The Department reports more than 200 FTE person-years per annum. The number of professors is 14 at the moment. More details on the Department of Chemistry:


The Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki invites applications for


The research field of the professor is soft matter chemistry. The science of soft matter is interdisciplinary involving the synthesis, characterization, and understanding of substances that have aspects of solid and liquid materials at the same time. A wide range of synthetic and biological materials fit the description, such as polymers, colloids, liquid crystals, proteins and DNA. These materials may self-assemble on a variety of length scales to form micellar dispersions, films, foams or gels due to reactions or interactions. Soft matter research has a potential to find and establish connections between synthetic and live matter.


We anticipate the appilicants to describe how their research is naturally linked to the research programs of the department.

The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent professorship or a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system consisting of two stages, each 3 – 5 years), depending on his or her qualifications and career stage.


According to Section 33 of the Universities Act (No 558/2009), a professor will carry out and supervise scientific research, provide teaching based on it, follow developments in research and participate in societal interaction in his/her field and in international cooperation.


According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, a professor must hold a doctoral degree and have high-level academic qualifications, experience in heading scientific research. The professor must also be able to provide research-based teaching of high quality, supervise dissertations and theses as well as evidence of international cooperation in the field.


An assistant/associate professor must hold a doctoral degree and ability for independent scientific work as well as teaching skills required by the position. Furthermore, the successful candidate is expected to have competence and motivation for scientific career proven by scientific publications and other academic activities.


When assessing the qualifications of each candidate, attention will be paid to scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce teaching materials, other teaching merits, and, if deemed necessary, teaching skills as demonstrated in a lecture as well as participation in doctoral education. Furthermore, attention will be paid to the applicant’s activities within the research community, success in obtaining research funding, research work abroad and elected positions in international organisations.


Professor’s salary will be based on levels 8 – 10 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of the Finnish universities. An average starting salary for a newly appointed professor is ca. 5700 euros/month. The salary of an assistant (associate) professor is based on level 7 with the starting salary of about 4700 euros/month (5200 euros/month).


Applications must have the following enclosures (in English):

1) an academic portfolio approved by the Faculty (as set out at containing a summary of supervision duties of master’s and doctoral theses and a presentation on how the applicant plans to develop his/her field and its teaching;
2) a list of those publications and other relevant documents on competence and merits that the applicant wishes to be taken into account in the selection process;
3) a research proposal.


On the Faculty’s request, applicants should prepare to submit up to 10 publications of their choice to be sent to assessors after the application period. The publications shall be submitted the University of Helsinki Recruitment System upon request of the Faculty.


Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.


The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017.


More information can be obtained from the head of the Department of Chemistry, Professor Heikki Tenhu (heikki.tenhu(at), tel.+358 249150334.


Apply at latest 30.06.2017





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