Professor in the profiling theme FIBROBESITY

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We are now seeking highly competent and motivated candidates for the following permanent position:

Professor in the profiling theme FIBROBESITY – Preventing Fibrosis Related to Obesity


The new professor will strengthen our research focusing on obesity-related fibrotic pathologies.


Research theme and job description

FIBROBESITY – Preventing Fibrosis Related to Obesity - is one of the three new research themes supported by the Academy of Finland PROFI6 funding (2021-2026) strengthening the strategy of the University of Oulu. Our research draws on strong multidisciplinary expertise integrating biomedical and human sciences.

The world-class research at the University of Oulu on hypoxia and extracellular matrix together with cutting-edge research on obesity, cardiovascular risk factors, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome and other fibrosis-related diseases, combined with our unique population and patient cohort studies and state-of-the art research infrastructure, form the basis of FIBROBESITY.

FIBROBESITY strengthens and expands our research to generate impactful new knowledge of the molecular, epidemiological, clinical and behavioural basis of obesity-linked fibrosis in complex chronic diseases and unhealthy ageing. Our goal is to develop novel effective preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic options to combat fibrotic diseases and associated adverse societal outcomes.

FIBROBESITY responds to the medical challenges within the strategic research focus areas “Lifelong health” and “Understanding humans in change” (

The new position will be based either in the Faculty of Medicine ( or the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine ( at the Medical Campus of University of Oulu. The campus also encompasses Biocenter Oulu (, the Medical Research Center Oulu (, and the Oulu University Hospital, and offers a unique scientific multidisciplinary ecosystem with state-of-the-art research facilities and research infrastructure services. Overall view of the research profile of our university:,


What we expect

The professor will be a dynamic individual who provides vision, leadership and mentoring in FIBROBESITY. A successful applicant can have a background in any area of the translational medicine spectrum – from basic science to clinical medicine, and is expected to have exceptional accomplishments and competence in one or more of the following areas linked to obesity and obesity-related fibrosis:

  1. Epidemiology or genetics
  2. Clinical studies
  3. Molecular and cellular mechanisms
  4. Model organisms and disease modelling for future therapies

We also appreciate innovative visions for interdisciplinary and collaborative research initiatives.

Our professorship is positioned for an exceptionally talented researcher. The top candidates undergo an evaluation by external experts and are required to reach top scores (5-6 on a scale from 1 to 6), in order to be recruited in FIBROBESITY. The position requires excellent spoken and written English.

As a Professor, you are required to have a doctoral degree, high-level scientific qualifications and experience of leading scientific research. You have the ability to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses. In addition to these, you to have the skills to act as an academic leader.


What we offer

We offer you an interesting and versatile research topic in an international environment and the possibility to develop professionally with the help of experienced colleagues. Furthermore, we offer the development opportunities of a big organization.

The salary will be based on the levels 8-9 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). The EUR salary will be approximately 6000-7200 per month. The position also includes a start-up package for establishing a research project, which will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Regular salary is paid 12 months per year, including paid leave and an additional holiday bonus in the summer. In addition to the salary, the employed person will be insured by the university and provided occupational healthcare.

Finnish government provides benefits to residents and their families, for example possibility to the national healthcare system and high-quality affordable childcare and school services.


Applications and selection process

Apply online latest on Tuesday, 25 May 2021.

The application should be written in English. Please include the following documents:

  1. Letter of motivation with contact information
  2. Curriculum vitae following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity:
  3. A complete list of publications, preferably with DOI identifications, following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland: Please mark the ten most important ones.
  4. Brief account of research merits (max 1 page)
  5. Brief account of teaching merits or a teaching portfolio (max 2 pages)
  6. Details regarding acquisition of research funds (max 2 pages)
  7. Brief research and action plan, including the applicant’s vision how to renovate the field of science in FIBROBESITY (max 3 pages)
  8. Contact details of 2–4 persons available for recommendation

The selection process follows the University of Oulu professor recruitment guidelines. The process is carried out by a recruitment committee and the candidates are subjected to publication analyses based on their publication lists. The candidates that are considered most suitable by the recruitment committee will also undergo an expert evaluation. The following merits will be assessed:

-      Scientific activities and their reflection in the publication record, scientific presentations and other recognitions, e.g. awards and patents

-      Teaching experience, pedagogic training, ability to produce teaching material, other merits as a teacher, and their evaluation (teaching portfolio; including students’ evaluation)

-      Supervision of diploma and doctoral students

-      Acquisition of competitive research funds

-      International scientific activities and contacts

-      Services for the academic community

-      Academic and societal relevance and potential of activities

Evaluations will be based on a rating scale (1-6) similar to one used in our tenure track recruitments (see the guidelines). The top candidates are required to reach the level 5-6 to be recruited.

The position is permanent and will be filled as of 1 January 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter. A trial period of 6 months is applied.


Further information and enquiries

Concerning the research related information:

Professor Olavi Ukkola, FIBROBESITY Director, olavi.ukkola(at)

Associate Professor Reetta Hinttala, FIBROBESITY Vice-Director, reetta.hinttala(at)

Concerning the application process and practical arrangements:

Docent Ritva Saastamoinen, FIBROBESITY Coordinator, ritva.saastamoinen(at), +358 50 592 3333, +294 48 5226




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