Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology

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. Veterinary Teaching Hospital is an essential part of research and teaching environment for clinical veterinary science.


The Faculty is located at Viikki Campus together with the Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Pharmacy, and several independent units operating in life sciences. The research and teaching activities at Viikki Campus are supported by state-of-the-art infrastructures including core facilities e.g. for electron microscopy, genome analysis, proteomics, in vitro and in vivo animal imaging and electrophysiology, mouse behavioral phenotyping and biosafety laboratories for work on pathogenic microbes.


The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for the position of an


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR / ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY (eläinlääketieteellinen farmakologia / veterinärmedicinska farmakologi)


The position will be at the Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine, connected to the multidisciplinary environment of the HOH Helsinki One Health network organization.


The research, expertise and teaching field of the professorship is veterinary pharmacology, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, clinical veterinary pharmacology and legislation concerning the use of drugs in animals. The work includes research, teaching at pre- and postgraduate level, supervision of licentiate and PhD thesis as well as supervision of residents. The work also involves other academic duties at the Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine and in a multidisciplinary environment within HOH Helsinki One Health network organization.


The position is first a fixed-term tenure track position. Tenure track system consists of two stages, each 3–5 years. The successful applicant may be appointed to the first stage (assistant professorship) or the second stage (associate professorship) of the tenure track system, depending on his or her qualifications and career stage. The tenure track system aims for granting tenure and a permanent position as a professor. Please see more information on the tenure track model, career path and general assessment criteria at the University of Helsinki:


Qualification requirements and assessment of qualifications


An appointee to the position of an Assistant/Associate Professor in the tenure track system shall hold a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scientific research work, have the teaching skills necessary for the position, and have the ability and motivation for an academic career.


As teaching is clinically focused, the appointee is required to hold a licentiate of veterinary medicine degree or equivalent (for example DVM, MSc VetMed) and have acquainted postgraduate expertise in veterinary pharmacology. A professional specialist degree in veterinary pharmacology (e.g. a specialist in European or American Board of Veterinary Specialisation; EBVS or ABVS) is considered as a merit. Experience in clinical veterinary practice is an advantage.


The appointee must be fluent in English. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish (or Swedish), he/she is expected to acquire moderate proficiency within a reasonable time after the appointment. Support for language studies is offered.


When assessing the applicants’ qualifications, attention will be paid to:
• research activity and scientific publications in the field of the position and other research results of scientific value
• experience in teaching and supervision of students, as well as other teaching merits
• success in obtaining external research funding
• experience in research project management, other leadership and interaction skills
• international research experience/collaboration, other international experience and positions of trust
• public engagement and interaction within the scientific community
• vision for the development of the applicant’s research work and the research field in veterinary pharmacology and One Health research


The assessment of qualifications is always conducted as an overall assessment.


Salary and benefits


The monthly gross salary will be about 4 500–6 000 euros depending on the applicant’s merits and career stage. The position is also associated with a moderate start-up package.


The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including preventive occupational health services and general medical care, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The University assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland. We support the compatibility of work and family life e.g. providing an opportunity for 6 weeks of paid annual leave.


Read more about the employee benefits at the University of Helsinki and why the University of Helsinki is an excellent career choice:


How to apply


An application must include an academic portfolio (in English). It should specifically have:
• applicant’s CV (either as an appendix or information contained in the portfolio)
• a complete and numbered publication list
• scientific activity including acquired research funding
• a report on the experience and merits related to teaching skills (necessary to assess the applicant’s teaching skills)
• vision for the development of the applicant’s research and teaching in the field of veterinary pharmacology and One Health (vision maximum of 2 pages)


Please see and take into account in your academic portfolio:
A general example of the structure of an academic portfolio (can also be structured differently). You may also take a look at the template for researcher’s CV.
Evaluation matrix for the evaluation of teaching skills


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


The closing date for applications is 15 September 2022 (23:59 EEST).


At the Faculty’s request, short-listed applicants are kindly asked to prepare to submit up to 10 publications of their choice to be sent to external assessors after the application period.


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


• Position and operational environment: docent, department head Marja Raekallio, marja.raekallio(at)
• Faculty’s research affairs and strategy: Vice-Dean Tomi Taira, tomi.taira(at), p +358505986995
• Recruitment process, tenure track model, academic portfolio and assessment of teaching skills: HR Specialist Heidi Kauppinen, heidi.m.kauppinen(at), p. +358504155341
Clinical Equine and Small Animal Medicine
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Viikki Campus
Support for international staff


Related to the operational environment
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
HOH Helsinki One Health
HiLIFE Research Infrastructures

DRP Drug Research Program


Why Finland and Helsinki


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 also repeatedly tops the World Happiness Report.

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Due Date:  15.9.2022
Unit:  Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Sub-unit:  Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
ID:  303

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