Assistant Professor / Associate Professor / Professor in Animal Welfare
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

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:


We invite applications for the position of an




The position is a joint position between the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in collaboration with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). The research, expertise and teaching field of the professorship is Animal Welfare. In this research context, animal welfare is defined as the animal’s experience of its own mental and physical state. The position will focus on the welfare of domestic animals in a multidisciplinary environment within HOH Helsinki One Health network organization.


The successful candidate is expected to have experience in research and teaching of animal welfare science and relevant approaches such as ethology, stress physiology and on-farm welfare assessment. Potential research areas include development of methods to evaluate animal welfare utilizing new technologies, linking animal welfare to longevity and health of high producing farm animals, genetics of behaviour, and animal welfare in relation to nutrition, health and pain. The candidate should be able to work within an interdisciplinary research environment, including veterinary sciences, animal nutrition and management, animal breeding and genetics, and automated data collection and modelling. The successful candidate is expected to have an interest in a wide variety of domestic animals, and perform research and teaching activities related to both production and companion/hobby animals.




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


The 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 Faculty of Veterinary Medicine ( is the only institution of higher education in Finland to produce veterinarians. It has about 750 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs about 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 Natural Resources Institute Finland ( is a research and expert organisation that works to promote the bioeconomy and the sustainable use of natural resources. The Natural Resources Institute Finland seeks to produce solutions and services based on well-researched information. Research results and services generate added value, sustainability and a competitive advantage for businesses based on renewable natural resources. They also support community decision-making. Research is carried out into forestry, agriculture, game, and fisheries. The Natural Resources Institute Finland also performs official tasks and is one of Finland's four official statistics authorities.




The successful 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 career path and a description of the tenure track model at the University of Helsinki, please see


An appointee to the position of an assistant/associate professor in the tenure track system shall hold a doctoral 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 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, account shall be taken to for example:
• applicant’s expertise and experience in the research and teaching field
• scientific publications in the field of the position
• experience in succesfully leading research projects
• success in obtaining external research funding
• experience in teaching and supervision, as well as other teaching merits
• international research experience and elected positions
• vision for development of the applicant’s own research work and the research field in general


To successfully attend to the duties 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 is offered.




• 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 start-up package (positions of a postdoctoral researcher and a doctoral student) in co-operation with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).
• Read more about the employee benefits at the University of Helsinki and why the University of Helsinki is an excellent career choice:




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:


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 leave 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 January, 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 assessors.


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


Due date
31.01.2019 23:59 EET

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