Professor or Assistant/Associate Professor in Experimental Materials Physics University of Helsinki, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics Finland



The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. Some 35,000 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree at the University of Helsinki.


As part of the Faculty of Science, the Department of Physics is responsible for high-end research into physics and astronomy on an international level, and academic education in physics based on that research. The focus area of the research are material physics, elementary particle physics, and astrophysics. The department possesses nationally outstanding research equipment and close contacts with the top projects around the world.
With an annual budget of 10 Million Euros, some 200 person-years are completed at the department every year. The department has 20 tenured professors, 3 tenure-track assistant professors, and 1 visiting professor. For more details, please see


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



The field of the position is experimental materials physics, and it will be based in the Accelerator Laboratory of the Department. The aim of the position is to utilize and develop techniques in materials physics based on the use of energetic ions combined with other materials modification or analysis techniques.


The Laboratory has a major infrastructure providing excellent opportunities for further outstanding research in experimental materials physics. The available equipment consist of a 5 MV tandem accelerator, a 500 kV accelerator/ion implanter, a gas condensation nanocluster deposition facility, e-beam evaporation, and various characterization facilities, such as a secondary ion mass spectrometer, an atomic force microscope, an x-ray photoelectron spectrometer among other relevant equipment. The person to be chosen is expected to have a broad experience in experimental materials physics.


To be successful in the position, the candidate must have a background in energetic ion modification or analysis of materials, or use of other positively charged particles in analysis of materials. He/she must have a strong network of international cooperation. The appointee is expected to conduct research on an internationally high level. In addition, the appointee must take advantage of national and international research funding opportunities, participate in doctoral education at the Department, and participate in the interaction between science and society at large. The teaching area of the position is physics. The person to be chosen for the position is expected to develop the teaching within the physics curriculum, especially in the areas of experimental physics and materials physics.


The University will offer the appointee a challenging career opportunity in top-level research and research-based teaching, possibilities for international collaboration, and for the appointed assistant/associate professor prerequisites to grow into full professorship. In addition to the funding possibilities offered by the national funding agencies, the Faculty of Science opens calls on a yearly basis for infrastructure funding. The selected person is also anticipated to get a startup package equivalent to a postdoc salary for three years and some support for infrastructure development.


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 as a one single pdf file (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.


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 dead line for applications is April 30, 2018.


More information: Head of Department of Physics, Professor Kai Nordlund (kai.nordlund(at) or Head of Division of Materials Physics, Professor Jyrki Räisänen (jyrki.raisanen(at)


Due date
30.04.2018 23:59 EEST

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