Assistant Professor / Associate Professor / Professor in Ruminant Health University of Helsinki, HOH Helsinki One Health Finland

The University of Helsinki 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.

 

HOH Helsinki One Health is a new network organization, led by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and cooperated by four other faculties at the University of Helsinki, to co-ordinate research actions within the area of One Health. One Health is a globally emerging concept recognizing that the health of humans and animals is interconnected and that their populations share the essentials of life: the genome, disease causing organisms, health, welfare, and the environment. HOH Helsinki One Health involves different disciplines and professions to work together to resolve emerging health problems concerning human and animal populations worldwide. In addition to other profiling actions, HOH Helsinki One Health will host several tenure track professorships with their established research environments in years 2018-2022. Please see: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/one-health.

 

We invite applications for the position of an

 

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR / ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR / PROFESSOR IN RUMINANT HEALTH

 

The position is a joint position between the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The position will focus on diseases of ruminant animals, primarily of cattle, in a multidisciplinary environment within HOH Helsinki One Health network organization. Potential research areas include infectious and metabolic diseases of ruminants, their impact on production, welfare and economics of livestock production as well as their prevention and treatment on farms.

 

OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

 

HOH Helsinki One Health network organization will form the operational framework for this position.

 

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-veterinary-medicine) is the only institution of higher education in Finland to train veterinarians. It has approximately 750 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs roughly 150 academic staff, which is about a half of the total staff number. The degree programmes have been accredited in accordance with the ESEVT system for the evaluation of veterinary education in Europe. The Faculty has four departments and a Veterinary Teaching Hospital and hosts the Research Centre for Animal Welfare. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital is Finland’s only veterinary hospital for all animal species and a top-level unit in veterinary care. It includes companion animal and equine hospitals in Helsinki, Viikki Campus, and the production animal hospital in the city of Mäntsälä.

 

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-agriculture-and-forestry), located in the Viikki Campus, promotes the sustainable use of natural resources and human wellbeing through scientific research and research-based teaching. The Faculty’s key areas of education and research are agricultural and forest sciences, food and nutrition, microbiology as well as economics related to these areas. The Faculty has about 2,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs about 300 academic staff, which is about two thirds of the total staff number. The Faculty hosts Viikki Research farm at the campus including research barn for high-merit dairy cow herd with up-to-date research facilities.

 

The successful candidate will join and interact extensively with other faculty members (professors, clinical instructors and hospital veterinarians) working with ruminants, both on Mäntsälä and Viikki campuses. The successful candidate will establish an independent research program relevant to ruminant diseases and will contribute to teaching within that field in the Faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and Forestry. Multidisciplinary teaching and research and collaboration with dairy and beef cattle industries and relevant organizations operating in the field (e.g., Finnish Food Authority, Animal Health ETT ry.) are encouraged.

 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AND ASSESSMENT OF THE QUALIFICATIONS

 

The applicant may be appointed to a permanent full professorship or a fixed-term assistant/ associate professorship (tenure track), depending on his or her qualifications and career stage. For more information on the tenure track model, career path and general assessment criteria for different stages at the University of Helsinki, please see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university/tenure-t....

 

An appointee to the position of an assistant/associate professor in the tenure track system shall hold a doctoral (PhD) degree, have the ability to conduct independent scientific research work, have the teaching skills necessary for the position, and have the ability and motivation for an academic career.

 

An appointee to a full professorship shall hold a doctoral (PhD) degree and have top-level scholarly qualifications, experience in the supervision of scientific research, as well as the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching and to supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the appointee shall present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents. Holders of professorships shall also have the skills necessary for serving as an academic leader.

 

The successful candidate is expected to hold a licentiate of veterinary medicine degree or equivalent (for example DVM, MSc VetMed) and have experience in research and teaching of ruminant animal diseases.

 

When considering applicants’ qualifications, attention will be paid to:
• applicant’s expertise and experience in the research and teaching field
• experience in clinical work
• scientific publications in the field of the position
• national or international veterinary specialization in production animals
• experience in research project management
• success in obtaining external research funding
• experience in teaching and supervision of students, as well as other teaching merits
• international research experience and positions of trust
• vision for development of the applicant’s own research work and the research field in general

 

To successfully manage the responsibilities of the position, the appointee must have fluent English skills. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish or Swedish, he/she is expected to acquire moderate proficiency within a reasonable time after the appointment. Support for language studies will be offered.

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS

• Monthly gross salary will be about 4 300–5 400 euros for assistant/associate professor and about 5 400–6 800 euros for professor depending on the applicant’s merits and career stage.
• The position is associated with a negotiable start-up package.
• Read more about the employee benefits at the University of Helsinki and why the University of Helsinki is an excellent career choice: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university.

 

APPLICATION AND FURTHER INFORMATION

Application must include an academic portfolio (in English), which includes applicant’s CV, publication list and scientific activity (including acquired research funding), report on the experience and merits related to the assessment of teaching skills; as well as a plan for developing research and teaching in the field of professorship (maximum of 2 pages). For more information, please see and take into account in your academic portfolio:
• https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/academic-portfolio
• https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-veterinary-medicine/faculty/open-p...

 

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments as a single pdf file, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal. Only the mandatory fields (*) of the recruitment system including the Academic Merits questionnaire and where you found about this job opportunity may be filled in. The closing date for applications is 31 March, 2019.

 

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the faculty may request them to submit 5-10 publications of their choice to be sent to the evaluators of the applicants.

 

Further information:
• About the position and the operational environment: Professor Olli Peltoniemi, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, olli.peltoniemi(at)helsinki.fi, +358405381621 or Professor Pekka Uimari, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, pekka.uimari(at)helsinki.fi, +358504160426
• About the recruitment process: HR Specialist Heidi Kauppinen, heidi.m.kauppinen(at)helsinki.fi, +358504155341, technical support with the recruitment system also: recruitment(at)helsinki.fi

 

Due date
31.03.2019 23:59 EET


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