Assistant / Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics

University of Helsinki



The University of Helsinki ( is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. Some 35,000 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree at the University of Helsinki.

As part of the Faculty of Science, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics ( is the biggest university department of mathematical sciences in Finland. It was the highest ranked in Finland, 16th in Europe, and 42nd globally on the Shanghai subject ranking in 2017.

The department is responsible for high-end research into mathematics and statistics on an international level, and academic education in mathematics based on that research. The focal areas of the research are inverse problems, analysis, logic, mathematical biology, mathematical physics, and biostatistics.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the Faculty of Science of the University of Helsinki invites applications for a


The position is closely related to the Centre of Excellence in Inverse Modelling and Imaging. It is a research unit operating in several Finnish Universities and funded by the Academy of Finland. The center consists of pure and applied mathematicians and mathematically oriented scientists engaged in active collaboration. The methodological and theoretical focus areas include nonlinear partial differential equations, geometry, computational reconstruction methods and tomographic and wave imaging methods.

Women and other underrepresented groups in the field of mathematics are specifically encouraged to apply.

Position description

We are looking for a professor or associate/assistant professor to carry out and supervise scientific research, provide teaching based on it, follow developments in research and participate in societal interaction in his/her field and in international cooperation.

A successful applicant must have a strong track record in inverse problems research in a wide sense. The appointee is expected to conduct research on inverse problems on an internationally high level, and have experience on research in some of the areas of mathematics of inverse problems. These areas include, but are not limited to, inverse problems for partial differential equations or in geometry, statistical inversion, functional analytic regularization, and computational reconstruction methods. In addition to mathematical research, experience on applications such as medical imaging or imaging in Earth sciences is a strength.

The teaching area of the position is mathematics. In addition to conducting research and graduate and undergraduate teaching, the appointee must take advantage of national and international research funding opportunities, participate in doctoral education at the Department, and participate in the interaction between science and society at large.


The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent full professorship or a fixed-term assistant/ associate professorship (tenure track), depending on his or her qualifications and career stage. For more information on the career path and a description of the tenure track model at the University of Helsinki, please see

A professor must hold a doctoral degree in Mathematics or other relevant field and have high-level academic qualifications and experience in leading scientific research. The professor must also be able to provide research-based teaching, supervise dissertations and theses as well as evidence of international cooperation in the field.

An assistant/associate professor must hold a doctoral degree in Mathematics or other relevant field and have demonstrated ability for independent scientific work as well as teaching skills to provide teaching in mathematics at undergraduate and graduate level and to participate in doctoral education. Furthermore, the successful candidate is expected to have competence and motivation for scientific career proven by scientific publications and other academic activities.

When assessing the qualifications of each candidate, attention will be paid to scientific publications and other research results of scientific value as well as teaching experience. Furthermore, attention will be paid to the applicant's activities within the research community, success in obtaining research funding, research work abroad and activity in scientific organisations.

What do we offer?

The University will offer the appointee an attractive career opportunity in top-level research and research-based teaching, possibilities for international collaboration, and for an appointed assistant/associate professor prerequisites to grow into full professorship. In addition to the funding possibilities offered by the national funding agencies, the Faculty of Science opens calls on a yearly basis for infrastructure funding. The selected person will also get a startup package of about 160 000 EUR.

The annual gross salary for an assistant/associate professor amounts to 50,000 - 68,500 euros and for a full professor the typical salaries are within the range of 64,000 - 96,000 euros.

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office ( assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.

How to apply

Applications must have the following enclosures as a one single pdf file (in English):

1) A cover letter
2) An academic portfolio approved by the Faculty (as set out at, containing a presentation on how the applicant plans to develop her/his field and its teaching, and a list of publications

Please submit your application with the attachments via the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the Apply for the position button below. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal (

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2020.

On the Faculty's request, short-listed applicants should prepare to submit up to 10 publications of their choice to be sent to assessors after the application period.

Further information

Further information on the position and the working environment may be obtained from

• About the position and the operational environment: Academy Professor and the Director of Centre of Excellence in Inverse Modelling Matti Lassas (matti.lassas(at) Professor and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science Samuli Siltanen (samuli.siltanen(at) or Coordinator of the Centre of Excellence in Inverse Modelling Mila Hyytinen (mila.hyytinen(at)
• About the recruitment process, tenure track model and academic portfolio: HR Specialist Jussi Hartikainen (jussi.a.hartikainen(at)
• Technical support with the recruitment system is provided by recruitment(at)

Due date

15.02.2020 23:59 EET


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