Assistant / Associate Professor (Tenure Track) in Biodiversity and
Assistant / Associate professor (Tenure Track) in Biodiversity and
The Faculty of Science is looking for an assistant or associate professor
(tenure track) in the field of Biodiversity and sustainable future. The
task strengthens multidisciplinary research on biodiversity, biodiversity loss
and sustainable futures at Biodiversity Unit, University of Turku.
The University of Turku (UTU) is an internationally active ad attractive
research university whose strength lies in high-quality, multidisciplinary
research. We promote education and free science and provide higher education
based on research. We collaborate closely with Finnish society and actively
participate in the development of the region. According to our vision, the
University of Turku, is a high-quality, internationally recognized research
university, proactively fosters both well-being and sustainable future. The
open task strengthens research integrating Biodiversity and sustainability at
the University of Turku. The position also strengthens the research and
development of the Academy of Finland Profi6-funded BIODIFORM research
BIODIFORM : Biodiversity and systemic transformation. The UTU strategy
2021-2030 identifies six strategic research and education profiles that
advance multidisciplinary research and education between faculties, strengthen
internal collaboration and create platforms for networks, business
collaboration, innovations and strategic partnerships. The strategic profile
‘Biodiversity and sustainability' is implemented through the Academy of
Finland Profi6-funded BIODIFORM research consortium addressing the
biodiversity crisis and the need for systemic transformation from the
perspectives of both natural and human sciences. Besides the Faculty of
Science (Biodiversity Unit) and the Turku School of Economics (Deaprtment
of Management and Organisation), which are leading the consortium, the
BIODIFORM research consortium includes the Finland Futures Research Centre
(Turku School of Economics), the School of History, Culture and Arts
(Faculty of Humanities), the Departments of Chemistry and Biology and the
Department of Geography and Geology (Faculty of Science).
The vacant position operates especially at the interdisciplinary crossroads
of biodiversity and business research – two so far distinct disciplines that
have begun to discover not only the need but also the various possibilities of
closer collaboration. The field of expertise sought is in the remit of
transformations toward sustainable, biodiversity-respectful future. This
raises questions as regards e.g. understanding biodiversity loss from a broad
perspective and finding solutions for tackling biodiversity loss in the
interface of different disciplines. While the position is particularly
positioned at the crossroads between the disciplines of biodiversity and
business studies research, in the remit of the Profi6 BIODIFORM research
consortium, it is also connected to future studies, humanities and arts,
geography, biology, and/or chemistry, with opportunities for conceptual
integration between the disciplines.
The successful applicant may be appointed to a fixed-term assistant /
associate professorship (tenure track) depending on previous academic
merits. For the position of Assistant Professor, we seek a highly talented
researcher, beyond the postdoc phase, yet still at an early stage of the
academic career who has shown initiative and innovation in research and
teaching and potential to be merited to full professorship. For the position
of Associate Professor, we seek an experienced and internationally renowned
expert who already has an excellent publication record and success in
acquiring external research funding. We expect that a candidate is an active
member of academic and societal networks related to this position.
The successful applicant is expected to have experience and willingness in
conducting research in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary settings, and
operate with a systemic, collaborative mindset. The selection process
therefore also emphasizes the applicant's experiences in teamwork,
collaboration and coordination skills. The successful applicant will join an
interdisciplinary team working at the crossroads of biodiversity, business
studies and beyond and will be mentored during the tenure track period.
This professorship is located at the Biodiversity Unit of the University of
Turku, Faculty of Sciences. Research should strengthen the development of the
university´s thematic collaboration Biodiversity and Sustainability (via the
Academy of Finland Profi6-funded BIODIFORM-consortium). The applicant is also
expected to have knowledge on global biodiversity issues and strong experience
of disseminating them to a wide audience. Obs. At the same time, the School of
Economics is looking for another assistant or associate professor (tenure
track) of the BIODIFORM-consortium in the field of Biodiversity and business.
The Biodiversity Unit consists of the Natural History Museum and the
Aerobiology Unit on campus in Turku, the Botanical Garden in Ruissalo, the
Kevo Subarctic Research Institute in Utsjoki, and the Archipelago Research
Institute on the island of Seili. Research topics addressed by our staff and
students include e.g. global biodiversity crisis, the effect of climate change
on subarctic biodiversity, the diversity of a wide range of taxa, and threats
to the Archipelago Sea, and the enhancement of biodiversity awareness through
environmental education and nature-/science-based tourism and recreation.
The duties of the Assistant / Associate Professor include conducting and
supervising scientific research, teaching – including supervision of Master's
and PhD students and scientific postgraduate studies, keeping up to date with
the most current (state of the art) scientific developments, as well as
participating in societal interaction and international cooperation in the
field. The assistant / associate professor is expected to collaborate with
other research groups, to form and lead his/ her own research group and to
obtain external research funding at both domestic and international levels.
Moreover, the assistant / associate professor is expected to actively
participate and develop basic and PhD level teaching and to contribute to
administrative tasks. A person selected for the post will be working at the
The position is subject to a six-month trial period.
The salary for this particular post is determined in accordance with the
university salary system for teaching and research personnel (YPJ). The
salary shall be determined when drawing up the employment contract.
Information about the tenure track system of the University of Turku and
Applying and Recruitment process of a professor /assistant and associate
professor at the University of Turku. The qualification requirements of the
position can be found in the University of Turku rules of procedure.
The University is committed to promoting non-discrimination, equality and
diversity in our community. All interested applicants, regardless of their
background, are encouraged to apply.
Applications must be submitted on 11 February 2022 at the latest via the
electronic application form of the University of Turku; link to the
application system at the beginning of this announcement (Apply for the
For the position, please contact the Director of the Biodiversity Unit of the
University of Turku, Professor Ilari Sääksjärvi (Tel. +35-40-5460976). Any
practical issues may be discussed with the Head of Faculty Administration
Merja Fehlig, Faculty of Science, University of Turku, Turku, Finland.
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