Professor in Pharmaceutical Technology
University of Helsinki Faculty of Pharmacy

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.

The Faculty of Pharmacy ranked #44 in the world in the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021. It is located at Viikki Campus in Helsinki and provides good access to local and national research infrastructures including biobanks. It has about 200 employees, out of which 15 professors, and about 800 undergraduate and 160 postgraduate students with well-organized doctoral school programs.

The Faculty of Pharmacy invites applications for the position of a

Professor in Pharmaceutical Technology

The position is a permanent position at the Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology.

Pharmaceutical technology involves the formulative and manufacturing aspects of final dosage forms of drugs. Pharmaceutical technology is closely related to physical pharmacy, material science, process engineering and different measurement technologies in those areas.

The main responsibilities of the appointee are to act as a group leader of pharmaceutical technology research projects related to pharmaceutical manufacturing processes and drug dosage form design and to conduct independent and collaborative research in this research area.

In addition to scientific research the appointee will act as the responsible person of teaching in pharmaceutical technology having the overview of the pharmaceutical technology discipline involving both undergraduate (Bachelor and Master in Pharmacy, including the new international Master’s programme (Master of Science) starting in fall 2022) and postgraduate education. The teaching of the appointee has its main focus on pharmaceutical manufacturing processes, excipients and the regulatory demands of dosage forms and the scientific phenomena behind these aspects.

Qualification requirements and assessment of qualifications

According to the Universities Act, a professor shall carry out and supervise scientific work, provide teaching based on it, follow developments in science and participate in societal interaction and international cooperation in the field.

An appointee to a professorship shall hold a doctoral 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.

When considering applicants’ qualifications, attention will be paid to:
• knowledge of pharmaceutical dosage forms and their manufacturing processes and excipients
• applicant’s expertise and experience in the research and teaching field
• scientific publications in the field of the position and other research results of scientific value
• experience in successfully leading research projects, other leadership and interaction skills
• success in obtaining external research funding
• experience in teaching and supervision of students (graduate and postgraduate), pedagogical training, as well as other teaching merits
• international research experience/collaboration, other international experience and positions of trust
• activity in the scientific community
• vision for development of the applicant’s own research work and the research field in general

The appointee must have good English skills. To successfully attend the duties of the position, it’s preferable if the appointee is able to communicate well also in Finnish.

Salary and benefits

• Monthly gross salary will be about 5 300–7 000 euros depending on the applicant’s merits.
• The position is associated with a moderate 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:

Application and further information

Application must include an academic portfolio (in English). It should specifically include:
• applicant’s CV (either as an appendix or information included in the portfolio)
• a full and numbered publication list
• scientific activity including acquired research funding
• a report on the experience and merits related to teaching skills (necessary to assess the applicant’s teaching skills)
• a plan for advancing research and teaching in the field of professorship (maximum of 2 pages for the plan)

Please see and take into account in your academic portfolio:
• More information on the report related to teaching skills:
• A general example of the structure of an academic portfolio, can also be structured differently:

Please submit your application, with the academic portfolio as a single pdf file, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the button Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via (recruiting: job postings). 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 December 7, 2021 (23:59 EEST).

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 assessors. Also a demonstration of teaching skills with a given topic is often required of the top applicants during the recruitment process.

Further information

• About the position and the operational environment: Faculty of Pharmacy, professor Anne Juppo, anne.juppo(at)
• About the recruitment process, academic portfolio, assessment of teaching skills and technical support: HR Specialist Heidi Kauppinen, heidi.m.kauppinen(at), +358504155341
• Faculty of Pharmacy:
• Viikki Campus:
• University of Helsinki:
• Support for international staff:

Related to the operational environment, please see also

• HiLIFE Research Infrastructures:
• DRP:
• FinPharma:

Due date

07.12.2021 23:59 EET


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