Professor in Atmospheric Sciences
University of Helsinki Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research

Faculty of Science is founded on basic scientific research applied and complemented by the disciplines of geography and geology. Thanks to our solid research infrastructure and internationally distinguished researchers, our research is of a high standard. Among the Faculty’s strengths are also our wide-ranging study opportunities. We offer 8 bachelor’s programmes, 13 master’s programmes and 7 doctoral programmes. At the moment, we have 4,895 students.

The Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) is a multi- and interdisciplinary research unit based in physics, chemistry, meteorology, forest sciences, environmental sciences and social sciences at the University of Helsinki. INAR aims to strengthen the internationally leading, integrated multidisciplinary research and education environment for atmospheric and Earth system science, and to provide scientific results for national and international environmental and climate policy. It performs multiscale research from molecular to global scales, and focuses on climate change, air quality, biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem processes. INAR has INAR Finland Network partners at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, University of Eastern Finland and Tampere University.

The Faculty of Science invites applications for the position of

Professor or Assistant /Associate Professor in Atmospheric Sciences

The research area of the post is air quality and teaching areas air quality, physics and chemistry of air pollution.

A large fraction of the human population lives in regions that do not meet recommended WHO standards for air quality. Strategies for limiting exposure and implementing pollution abatement policies require science-based understanding of sources and atmospheric mechanisms that control air quality and species most deleterious to human health. New recruitment is expected to form a research group that extends research capabilities of current professors at INAR, addressing current gaps in measurement techniques and/or modelling of air quality and related health effects. This can include development, calibration and deployment of innovative sensors and information systems and/or development of data analysis and/or modelling tools to better monitor citizens’ exposure to air pollution and address exposure related risks. The outcomes of the research should support decision-making by air quality managers and regulators as well as foster connections to other stakeholders such as the business sector.

According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, a professor must hold a doctoral degree and have high-level academic qualifications and 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. The professor will give teaching in one or more of the following programmes: Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences, Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences, Bachelor’s Programme in Physical Sciences, Bachelor’s Programme in Science.

An assistant/associate professor must hold a doctoral degree and have demonstrated 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.

To be successful in the position, the candidate must have a proven capacity for scientific leadership, acquired research funding, project management and scientific writing.

The University will offer the appointee an attractive 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 will also get a startup package of about 160 000 EUR.

Annual gross salary for an assistant/associate professor amounts to 50,000 - 68,500 euros and for full professor to 64,000 - 96,000 euros.

The salary is based on the salary system of Finnish universities. The salary range is from 4000 to 5000 euros per 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 her/his 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, short-listed 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 via link Apply for the position. 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 21.6.2021.

Further information may be obtained
• About the position and operational environment from Professor Markku Kulmala, markku.kulmala(at) and Professor Tuukka Petäjä, tuukka.petaja(at)
• About the recruitment process, tenure track model and academic portfolio: HR Specialist Laura Karppinen, laura.karppinen(at)

Due date

21.06.2021 23:59 EEST


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