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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Professorship in Mathematics, Helsinki, FINLAND

Professor mathematics
 Apply at latest on: Mar 25, 2014

 Employer: Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics and Statistics

 The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research 
universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University 
has several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated 
with other universities. Some 35,000 students are currently pursuing an 
undergraduate or a postgraduate degree at the University.

 The Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science, is not 
only the leading Finnish research and education unit in its field, but is 
also firmly established at the international forefront of research in many 
areas of mathematics and statistics.  The Department hosts two national 
centres of excellence in research, two Academy of Finland professors and 
two holders of a FiDiPro (Finland Distinguished Professor) position.

 The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Helsinki 
invites applications for a


 According to Section 33 of the Universities Act (No 558/2009), a professor 
shall carry out and supervise scientific work, provide education based on 
it, follow developments in research, and participate in societal 
interaction and international cooperation in his or her field.

 According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, an appointee 
to a professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and have top-level 
scholarly qualifications, experience in the supervision of scientific 
research, the ability to provide top-level teaching based on research and 
to supervise theses and dissertations as well as documentation of 
international cooperation in the research field that the appointee 

 An overview of the vacant position is available on the Faculty of Science 
website at

 To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must 
have good English skills. According to the Government Decree on 
Universities, professors must be proficient in Finnish. They must also 
have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Swedish.

 Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not 
been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement 
without a separate application.

 When considering the applicants qualifications, attention shall be given 
to scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, 
teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce 
teaching material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a 
demonstration of teaching skills as well as the applicants participation 
in doctoral education. Account shall also be taken of the applicants 
activity in the scientific community, success in obtaining external 
research funding, international research experience and international 
elected positions.

 The salary will be based on levels 8-10 of the job requirement scheme for 
teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish 
universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component 
based on personal work performance.

 The application must be accompanied by the following enclosures:

 1) An academic portfolio compiled according to the instructions approved 
by the Faculty (see that 
contains a report on the applicant's supervision activities, as well as a 
report on how he or she intends to develop the field and related 
instruction, if appointed;

 2) A list of all publications and other works with which the applicant 
wishes to demonstrate his or her competence and merits;

 3) A maximum of 10 publications to be sent to the assessors, compiled in 
accordance with the instructions provided at

 The publications must be numbered as in the list of publications.

 Applications addressed to the Faculty of Science, together with the 
required enclosures, must be delivered to the following address: 
University of Helsinki Registry, PO Box 33 (Yliopistonkatu 4), 00014 
University of Helsinki, Finland. The Faculty requests that the application 
and its enclosures be sent the Registry via email to the address

 The deadline for applications is 25 March 2014. (The Registry closes at 
15.45 local Helsinki time.)

 Further information can be obtained from the Head of the Department of 
Mathematics and Statistics, Professor Mats Gyllenberg, tel. +358 9 191