Uni­versity Lec­turer in Mi­cro­bi­o­logy: Finland

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry invites applications for the position of UNIVERSITY LECTURER in MICROBIOLOGY starting on 1 July 2019 or by mutual agreement.

The field of the position is microbiology with an emphasis on microbial biotechnology. The position focuses on research on microbes and biomaterials and wood modification by microbes. The appointee should have a strong record of obtaining external research funding and activity in microbial research.

The university lecturer is expected to contribute and develop both teaching and research in the focus areas of the faculty and the Department of Microbiology. The duties of the university lecturer include substance related teaching in the Master’s program in Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology (…) and the Doctoral Program in Microbiology and Biotechnology (…). In addition, the university lecturer is expected to counsel and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students and participate in the development of Master’s and Doctoral programmes in the Faculty.


According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, an appointee to the position of university lecturer shall hold an applicable doctoral degree and be able to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations. When assessing the qualifications of applicants for the position of university lecturer attention shall be paid to scientific publications and other research results of academic value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a teaching demonstration.

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, appointees must have excellent English language skills. According to the University Decree, university lecturers must also be fluent in the Finnish language. In addition, university lecturers should be proficient if Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in the Finnish or Swedish language may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. Although the languages of instruction are English and Finnish, applicants without Finnish language competence are warmly encouraged to apply. It is however, expected that the appointee will acquire Finnish language skills to teach courses and perform administrative duties within a reasonable time after her/his appointment. Support for language studies is offered.

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For the description of teaching qualifications, please follow the faculty guidelines:…

• Further information about the position is available from Head of Department, Professor Kaarina Sivonen (, tel. +358 2941 59270)

• Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen (mirkka.juntunen(at), tel. +358 2941 57583).

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