Professor / Assistant/Associate Professor in Companion and Monogastric Production Animal Nutrition

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry invites applications for the position of



The position can be filled from 1.1.2025 onwards or as agreed. The position may be filled as a tenure track assistant professor, tenure track associate professor or full professor depending on the candidate’s merits and career stage. Information about our tenure track system: University of Helsinki tenure track. The goal of the tenure track is to advance to a permanent professor position.


The tenure track assistant / associate professor or full professor will teach and conduct research in companion (e.g. dogs) and monogastric production animal (pigs and poultry) nutrition, and work in collaboration with other animal science researchers at the faculty and other professionals working in the related field. Knowledge of the agriculture and food chain in the northern region is considered as an advantage. The appointee is expected to carry out high-quality research in one or several of the following research fields:


  • nutrition or nutrition physiology of dogs
  • nutrition or nutrition physiology of monogastric production animals (pigs and poultry)
  • nutritional value of dog feed and use of animal- and plant-based byproducts as feed
  • nutritional value of pig and poultry feed and welfare, environment and production system of pigs and poultry


Animal nutrition belongs to the field of animal science and the successful candidate is expected to show familiarity with Finnish animal production system. The appointee’s research can focus r on pigs, poultry or dogs. Experience in both production animal and companion animal nutrition and volition to develop and apply research funding for both production animal and companion nutrition related questions is considered as an advantage.


The tenure track assistant / associate professor or full professor will teach companion animal and monogastric production animal nutrition and related topics in the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in agricultural sciences ( The appointee will also teach in related doctoral programs.



An appointee to the position of assistant professor or associate professor in the tenure track system shall have

  • a doctoral degree
  • the ability to conduct independent scholarly work
  • the teaching skills required for the position
  • the ability and motivation to pursue an academic career, as demonstrated by publications and other means


An appointee to the position of professor shall have

  • a doctoral degree
  • high-level academic qualifications
  • experience in leading scientific research
  • the ability to provide research-based teaching and supervise dissertations and theses
  • evidence of international cooperation in the research field they represent
  • academic leadership skills


When considering the candidates’ qualifications, attention shall be given to scientific and teaching merits. In addition, the candidates’ leadership and interaction skills, as well as activity in the scientific community and public engagement shall also be taken into account.


Scientific merits include

  • scientific publications and other research results of academic value
  • success in obtaining external research funding
  • international research experience
  • international elected positions


Teaching merits include

  • teaching experience
  • pedagogical training
  • the ability to produce learning material
  • other teaching merits
  • a teaching demonstration (if necessary)
  • participation in doctoral education


According to the Government Decree on Universities, tenure track associate/assistant 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.  If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish, they are expected to acquire intermediate level skills (CEFR level B2; within five years after the appointment. The University will support the appointee in acquiring the necessary Finnish language skills and time for language studies can be included in annual working plan. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills.




We offer an interesting opportunity to work in a diverse research environment. At the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry you will carry out research-based teaching at the highest level in the field in Finland and have the opportunity to take part in internationally valued, first-class research activities. The position is also an opportunity to develop your own professional skills in a multidisciplinary work community of the faculty. Your work will be supported by the research and teaching staff of the department and the faculty as well as the administrative and technical staff at Viikki campus.


The professor’s salary will be based on levels 8−10 and the assistant/associate professor’s on level 7 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 professor’s gross annual salary varies between 70 000 and 96 000 euros and the assistant/associate professor’s between 55 000 and 72 000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.


Furthermore, the university takes care of your well-being by flexible work arrangements, comprehensive occupational health care and wide-ranging, low-cost UniSport services. Professional development is supported in different ways, i.e. by offering versatile staff training, mentoring etc.



Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications a SINGLE PDF file that includes the following documents in English:

1) CV

2) A short motivation letter and report on how the applicant intends to develop his or her research and focus his or her activities, if appointed (1-2 pages)

3) Report on the applicant’s research activities (including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work) (max. 5 pages)

4) A numbered list of publications

5) A report on pedagogical expertise (see the instructions via the link below under University portfolio – Teaching and supervision)


For more detailed instructions on the application documents, please see


Applications with the above attachments must be submitted in a single PDF file, which is named:

animal_nutrition_lastname_firstname. Other attachments are not required.


The Faculty may request shortlisted candidates to submit 10 publications of their choice to be sent to external assessors via the electronic recruitment system after the application deadline. In the case of shortlisted candidates, aptitude evaluation may be used as part of the recruitment process.


External applicants, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply Now link.


Applicants who have a username and a valid employment contract, a grant researcher's contract, a visiting researcher's or visiting professor's contract at the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by using the Employee login.


The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of genders and linguistic and cultural backgrounds.


The closing date for applications is 12.8.2024 at 23:59 EEST.


  • Further information can be obtained from the Head of the Department, Professor Pekka Uimari, pekka.uimari(at), +358 294158383


  • Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen, mirkka.juntunen(at),+358 294157583


About us

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is located on the Viikki campus. The mission of the faculty is to promote the sustainable use of renewable natural resources through scientific research and research-based teaching. We focus on agricultural and forest sciences, food and nutrition, microbiology, as well as on economics and management. We cover the full natural resource chain from farm to fork, the entire field of forest sciences from soil chemistry to marketing, as well as the environmental effects of related activities. Graduates from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry are versatile experts in biosciences and business, able to meet the needs of both the business sector and society at large.


The Department of Agricultural Sciences is one of the units of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The department conducts internationally recognized research, related to agricultural sciences and the bio-economy, and provides the highest-level education based on the research. The aim is to carry out research and teaching on plant production in agriculture and horticulture, animal production, and technologies and environmental effects pertaining to them, as well as to yield societal impact through research. The main research fields of the department are agrotechnology, animal science, plant production sciences, and soil and environmental science.


The number of Department’s personnel is about 100 and the department provides BSc and MSc study programs. The Department is active in society, and has strong collaboration with companies, government agencies, research institutes and other Universities, nationally and internationally.



Finland is a member of the EU, has high quality and inexpensive childcare, free schooling and tertiary training (also in English), generous family benefits and healthcare, and was recently ranked as the best country in the world for expat families. Finland repeatedly tops the World Happiness Report (




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Open position

Due Date:  12.8.2024
Unit:  Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry
Sub-unit:  Department of Agricultural Sciences
ID:  3280

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