Director of Pathology
University of Jyväskylä


Director of Pathology

Department of Biological and Environmental Science, in the Faculty of Mathematics and Science at the University of Jyväskylä is currently seeking to recruit a candidate for the position of Research Director starting on January 2, 2024 or as agreed.

Recruitment of the Research Director is related to the established cooperation between the University of Jyväskylä and the wellbeing services county of Central Finland in the field of cell and molecular pathology and the Biobank activities and associated research. The Central Finland Biobank was established in 2015 and operates in connection with the Hospital Nova. The research director is responsible for leading and supervising scientific research and education related to cell and molecular pathology and biobanking at the University of Jyväskylä and the wellbeing services county of Central Finland. The research director is in an employment relationship with the University of Jyväskylä and works at the Faculty of Mathematics and Science. In addition to this, the wellbeing services county of Central Finland may establish a clinical side office (chief physician) for the research director. The Research Director's working hours are thus divided into research and teaching and clinical work corresponding to a possible clinical post.

What do we expect from the applicant?

We require experience in internationally high-quality research and research-related teaching in the field of cell and molecular pathology. For a possible clinical post, the research director must be a licensed physician and a specialist in pathology in Finland (EU). This requires sufficient clinical experience in the positions requiring specialist qualifications.

The applicant must present a plan on how they will promote research and teaching activities in the field of cell and molecular pathology at the University of Jyväskylä and the collaboration opportunities of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science and Biobank. The research director's duties include obtaining external funding to guide doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. The teaching duties of the Research Director include giving lectures on basic, subject and advanced level at the Department of Biological and Environmental Science, as well as participating in teaching on other courses and in the guidance of master's theses. Continuous development of teaching and administrative tasks related to teaching and other academic obligations are part of the duties of the Research Director.

We expect applicants to present strong evidence of their ability to conduct and publish scientific research, international networking, research funding, and teaching. The qualification requirements should be met before the closing time of this call.

What do we offer?

A knowledgeable and prosperous scientific community. At the University of Jyväskylä, you are a valued member of the university community. You will be part of our international and multidisciplinary community, where everyone's well-being is important. The university complies with the national recommendations for responsible researcher assessment. We offer on-campus and in its vicinity a good setting for a mobile and well-being lifestyle. The wellbeing services county of Central Finland offers modern conditions for biobanking and related research at the Hospital Nova. Check out the faculty as a workplace by watching the accompanying video on YouTube.

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

At the University of Jyväskylä you are a recognized member of our community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. You get to participate in our international and multi-science community where everyone’s welfare is important. The University is committed to fairness, consistency and transparency in selection decisions and undertakes the recommendations for the responsible evaluation of a researcher in Finland. Here the barriers between different disciplines of science and humanities are low, and we encourage our employees to cross them in their daily work. We offer you meaningful work where you can make true impact not only in your own field, but also to the society at large.

Finland has a high standard of living, with free schooling (also in English in Jyväskylä), affordable childcare, good family benefits, and healthcare. Jyväskylä is in central Finland in the Finnish lake land and has excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The city of Jyväskylä is a major educational centre and the city has a large student population. As such, there is a vibrant cultural scene in the city. To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University's International Staff Guide.

The annual salary range will be 70 400 - 81 900 EUR (gross income, including a holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. In the case of a possible side post, the duties and salary are negotiated between the selected person and the wellbeing services county of Central Finland. A trial period of six months will be used in the beginning of the employment.

How to apply

The online application form should include (in English):

The naming of each attachment should include the applicant's name, attachments in PDF format.

  1. Curriculum vitae (A template from The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity is preferred), including personal ORCID ID and an account of any clinical experience. The CV is strictly limited to four (4) pages.
  2. A cover / motivation letter.
  3. A numbered list of all scientific publications and other publications showing the applicant’s ability and merits.
  4. A document listing the names of your five main publications and the links to the publications (freely available) or a maximum of five (5) main publications, numbered in accordance with the list of publications, combined to one PDF file.
  5. A brief written account of the applicant's research merits, research management and application for research funding, as well as a research plan and a vision for how he/she will promote research and teaching activities at the University of Jyväskylä in the field of cell and molecular pathology, and collaboration opportunities between the Faculty of Mathematics and Science and the Biobank (total max 4 pages).
  6. A portfolio of teaching credits including the vision how to develop teaching of Environmental Sciences and a teaching philosophy following the structure according to the JYU instructions (max. 3 pages).
  7. A brief written account of the applicant's social interaction and international cooperation.

For further information, please contact Professor Leena Lindström, Director of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, and Chief Physician Jan Böhm, the wellbeing services county of Central Finland,

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Department of Biological and Environmental Science

The research in the Department of Biological and Environmental Science focuses on three core areas: evolutionary biology, natural resources and environment, and biological nanoscience. The Department building, Ambiotica, is an integral part of the University of Jyväskylä's Ylistönrinne Mathematics and Science Research Complex, which includes buildings of chemistry, physics and nanoscience. Ambiotica houses high quality laboratories for bioscience and experimental facilities for a wide range of biological and chemical analyses as well as highly motivated laboratory personnel.

The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. JYU's naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

Location:Seminaarinkatu 15

The application form cannot be saved as draft. However, you have 6 hours to complete your application before the timeout. After submitting you can return to edit your application via the link you receive by email. The application can be edited until the application deadline.

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