ECAR residency in animal reproduction science (4 years)

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Helsinki is the only institution of higher education in Finland to train veterinarians. It has about 750 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs approximately 150 academic staff, which is nearly half of the entire staff. The degree programmes have been accredited in accordance with the European System of Evaluation of Veterinary Training (ESEVT). The Faculty has four departments (Food Hygiene and Environmental Health, Equine and Small Animal Medicine, Production Animal Medicine, Veterinary Biosciences) and Veterinary Teaching Hospital.


The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine invites applications to an




The fixed term position is available starting on 1 January 2023. The position is for four years (residency) with a purpose to prepare for the ECAR specialization degree examination (ECAR residency training program). The resident is expected to teach comparative clinical reproduction in most important domestic animal species (bovine, ovine, equine, porcine, canine and feline reproduction) and to a lesser degree in exotic animals. In addition, the resident is supposed to learn issues related to reproductive biotechnology (such as AI, germ cell evaluation methods, ovum pick-up and embryo transfer). The task involves carrying out clinical research in one of the strong areas of Animal Reproduction Science unit at the University of Helsinki as defined by the unit.  


The position is at the department of Production Animal Medicine in the Animal Reproduction Science unit, which is an ECAR (European College of Animal Reproduction) registered residency training institute. The institute (ARS) is qualified to train resident in all five focus areas of ECAR and the institute and it is well equipped for training clinical reproduction in domestic animal species and related research (for instance, there is newly established Androvision equipment for automated germ cell evaluation). The residency is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic veterinarian interested in clinical reproduction.


According to the rules of ECAR, a resident is expected to work with comparative reproduction in most significant domestic animal species and focus on one of the specialist areas as defined by the college (equine, ruminant, porcine or small animal reproduction or reproductive biotechnology). At the end of the residency, the candidate is expected to sit in the board examination organized by ECAR. The examination involves 60 % of questions in comparative clinical animal reproduction and 40 % of questions in the focus area as opted by the candidate. A successful applicant is expected to be involved in undergraduate teaching at the veterinary faculty and carry out research in clinical animal reproduction as according to a residency plan.




The appointee must be registered/licensed to practice as a veterinarian in European countries and have received veterinary qualification from an ESEVT-approved establishment. Experience from veterinary work in any field is a merit. To successfully attend the duties of the position, the appointee should be able to communicate fluently in English.




The salary will be based on levels 3-4 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system applied in Finnish Universities.  In addition, the appointee will be paid a personal salary component. The gross salary is about 2 600–3 400 euros/month. The position has a probationary period of 6 months.


Interested in the position?
The recruiting team includes international members so the application should be in English and also the interview may be in English.


Please submit your application and the required attachments preferably as a single pdf file, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System.


Required attachments to the application:
• CV and publication list
• Reasoning and motivation why you wish to specialize in clinical animal reproduction science
• Professional interests and career goals  


The closing date for applications is 31 August 2022 (23:59 EEST).


Further information (please note that July is a typical holiday month in Finland)


• Position: Professor Olli Peltoniemi: olli.peltoniemi(at), p. +358405381621
• Recruitment system and applying: HR Specialist Heidi Kauppinen, heidi.m.kauppinen(at), p. +358504155341


Please see also


Working at the University of Helsinki
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
HOH Helsinki One Health network
Production Animal Medicine (department)
Animal Reproduction Science Group (University of Helsinki)
ECAR college
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Due Date:  31.8.2022
Unit:  Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Sub-unit:  Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
ID:  441

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