Associate Professor (tenure track), cell and molecular biology

Our naturally beautiful campus in the Jyväskylä city centre is home to a dynamic multidisciplinary research university – a modern, open and collaborative community of 2,500 experts and 15,000 students seeking answers to the pivotal questions of today and tomorrow. It was here, in 1863, that Finnish-language teacher education began. Since then, the University of Jyväskylä has been serving the future. The dialogue between research, education and society is our driving force. We cherish this balance of research and education, and work to promote open thinking. We kindle the skills, knowledge and passion to live wisely for the best of humanity. 

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science is currently seeking to recruit an 

Associate Professor (tenure track) in cell and molecular biology, starting January 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter, for a fixed-term period of five years.

Research of the Department of Biological and Environmental Science belongs to the University’s denoted core research activity field of basic natural phenomena and mathematical thinking. The research in the Department focuses on three main areas: evolutionary biology, natural resources and environment, and biological nanoscience. In biological nanoscience, biological processes are investigated at the molecular level and the information gathered from these investigations is utilized widely in the fields of natural sciences. The Department offers state of the art biosafety level 2 cell culturing facilities connected directly to the advanced imaging technologies, as well as the facilities in molecular biology and molecular genetics. The Department is directly connected with the research infrastructure at the Nanoscience center of the University of Jyväskylä housing various microscopes, spectroscopy facilities, as well as nanoprocessing tools and clean room facilities. The Konnevesi research station, experimental ecology laboratories and modern greenhouses give cutting-edge facilities for wider use of experimental research from the molecular level to organism level. 

The expertise and research interests of the associate professor are expected to match research areas of interest within the Department of Biological and Environmental Science and support the interdisciplinary molecular nanoscience profiling field of the University of Jyväskylä. One of the focus areas of the nanoscience profiling activities for years 2018-2022 is the cellular, molecular, genetic and evolutionary analysis of host-pathogen interactions. Candidates should promote this research area and strengthen the education in the field of  the cell and molecular biology, especially virology and/or bacteriology. The associate professor is expected to establish vigorous, extramurally funded research programs and enthusiastically participate in the undergraduate and graduate teaching in virology, bacteriology and molecular biology. In addition, the associate professor is expected to participate in societal interactions in the discipline. The competitive applicant has a demonstrated record of gaining external research funding from peer-reviewed national and international funding agencies.

The application procedure provides more detailed information on the duties, qualification requirements and attachments.

The appointment in an Associate Professor position is for a fixed period of five years, see tenure track path. The purpose of the fixed-term is that the Associate Professor gathers enough merits for the position of full Professor. When an employee has been selected for a fixed-term associate professorship, an evaluation procedure is used regarding the employee’s merits for a professorship filled through an invitation procedure. The evaluation procedure shall begin before the end of the fixed-term contract. The evaluation procedure follows the practices used in the expert evaluation procedure for filling a professorship.

The Associate Professor’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands level 7 (3 889,84 €/month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46,3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid. 

A trial period of six months is applied to the filling of the position of Associate Professor.

For more information, please contact Professor Janne Ihalainen,, tel. +358 40 0247 979 or Professor Marja Tiirola,, tel. +358 40 805 3932.

The application must include the following documents in English and submitted to the electronic recruiting system: 

  1. motivation letter,
  2. a CV of the applicant, composed according to good scientific practice and considering, when possible, the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity,
  3. a numbered list of all scientific and other publications – drawn up according to the categorization of the Academy of Finland – with which the candidate wishes to demonstrate his/her eligibility and merits for the post,
  4. a brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s scientific research, merits in scientific activities and in supervision of research work, including an account of acquired complementary research funding and the responsibilities related to the research conducted through such funding and in international activities,
  5. a brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits (teaching portfolio),
  6. a brief (1-2 pages) written account of the applicant’s societal interaction, and international cooperation,
  7. a maximum of 10 main publications, numbered in accordance with the list of publications,
  8. a brief (2-3 pages) account of how the applicant plans to develop the research, teaching and societal interaction related to the domain of the post in the Faculty of Mathematics and Science.

Please submit your application at the latest on May 31st 2018 using the online application form.