Dir­ector, bio­lo­gical research sta­tions - University of Helsinki

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The Faculty of Biological and Environmental invites applications for the position of Director to lead and develop the Faculty’s biological research stations at a strategic level starting preferably in January 2020 or as agreed, until further notice.

The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges. As an integral part of that work, our biological research stations serve as centers for a large variety of high quality research in the fields of aquatic and terrestrial ecology and the natural sciences. The stations offer world-class facilities for experimental, field, and laboratory based research, as well as long-term ecosystem monitoring through various field-based measurements. With their significant accommodation and classroom facilities, the stations are also ideal for organizing seminars, meetings and workshops

Do you want to work for the best of the world?

Do you want to work for the best of the world?

This position is new at the University, and thus it provides you a unique opportunity to globally advance internationally high-level Finnish research in the field of biological and environmental sciences. You will be a member of the Faculty’s management team and report to your supervisor, the Vice-Dean of Societal Interaction. As a director you will also be a supervisor for the employees assigned to you. Your office will be located at the University of Helsinki’s Viikki Campus, but your position will require regular travelling in Finland and abroad.

Your primary function will be to increase the significance of the stations in the research and teaching of the Faculty, improve their influence locally and nationally and strengthen their position amongst international research stations. You will be responsible for the economy of the stations, for their strategic leadership and development as an entity and for making the stations an integral part of the Faculty. You will enable the efficient, practical and appropriate use of the stations' research infrastructure and resources. As a director you will operate fluently in national and international research networks and you will promote cooperation and form partnerships with other Finnish and international universities, research institutes and other key stakeholders of the stations.

We expect you to have prior experience as a director at the strategic level, excellent leadership skills and a proven track record in research and understanding of university level teaching – with particular emphasis on participation in research projects and success in funding applications. We value your relevant doctoral degree, but at a minimum a second-cycle academic degree is a must. Furthermore we value your language skills and your ability to collaborate and negotiate. You are an experienced player in the academic field and an active networker. You are also a credible communicator and successful operator in societal interaction.

There are approximately 60 employees of research and teaching staff and support staff working in the stations. Our stations host annually numerous national and international researchers and research groups and many courses from a wide variety of fields. The stations are located in a way that they represent the quintessential features of Finnish nature and the infrastructure is built to ensure vital support services for research and teaching.

Your salary will be based on the salary system of Finnish universities. The average annual salary is about 73 000 – 90 000 euros.

Hopefully we attracted your interest! Further information can be obtained from Dean of the Faculty, professor Jaakko Kangasjärvi, jaakko.kangasjarvi(at)helsinki.fi and Vice-Dean of Societal Interaction, professor Atte Korhola, atte.korhola(at)helsinki.fi. Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from Head of HR, Ville Honkanen, ville.honkanen(at)helsinki.fi

In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment(at)helsinki.fi 

Submit your application and CV in Finnish, Swedish or English no later than 7 November 2019 through the University’s recruitment system by clicking the link below. Internal applicants (i.e. current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal.

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The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. www.helsinki.fi

The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences is Finland’s most high-profile and extensive hub of research and teaching in the field. The Faculty educates experts to meet the needs of universities, research institutes, government, schools and the business sector. https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-biological-and-environmental-sciences. The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences is a prominent component of the growing and developing research and education cluster on the Viikki Campus. The Faculty also conducts research at three biological research stations located in Kilpisjärvi, Lammi, and Tvärminne. https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research-stations.