Pro­fessor in Lo­go­ped­ics

University of Helsinki



The Faculty of Medicine promotes scientific research of a high standard and is responsible for providing research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, dentistry, psychology and logopedics (speech-language therapy), as well as for the English-language Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine. In addition to its teaching and research activities, the Faculty serves as a significant expert organisation in the healthcare sector and contributes to the discourse on ethics in the field. In terms of research, the Faculty aims for a place among the best medical faculties in the world, while consolidating and strengthening its status as a top-level institution of medical education.

Together with the Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) and the Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences (HiLIFE), the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, constitutes the Academic Medical Center Helsinki (AMCH). This medical center has been very successful in international comparisons, ranking among the top 10 medical campuses in Europe and among the top 50 globally.

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of


The position is in the field of logopedics.

Logopedics is a discipline that studies the various manifestations, underlying factors and rehabilitation of disorders of speech, voice, language and communication as well as swallowing disorders. The development and assessment of communicative functions are also at the core of education and research in the discipline. A special focus of logopedic research at the University of Helsinki is the study of the impact of logopedic interventions and the characteristics of speech therapy interaction. Moreover, research in logopedics at the University focuses on a wide range of manifestations of communication disorders, their assessment and rehabilitation interventions, as well as augmentative and alternative communication methods. There are active research groups studying aphasia, autism, hearing disorders, multilingualism, multimodal communication, dementia, early language development and conversational interactions involving participants with communication disorders. Interaction research has been carried out for a long time in multidisciplinary research groups and is internationally renowned and of high quality.

The position may be filled as professor depending on the candidates’ merits and career stage.

Qualification Requirements for the Position of Professor
An appointee to a professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and have top-level scholarly qualifications, experience in the supervision of scientific research, as well as the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching and to supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the appointee shall present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents. Holders of professorships shall also have the skills necessary for serving as an academic leader. When considering the applicant’s qualifications, attention shall be given to scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce teaching material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills as well as the applicant’s participation in doctoral education. Account shall also be taken of the applicant’s activity in the scientific community, success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience and international elected positions as well as leadership and interaction skills. To ensure that the applicant’s ability to supervise theses and dissertations meets the requirements of the Faculty of Medicine, the applicant for the professorship must have completed the supervision of at least one doctoral dissertation.

The Duties of the Position
The duties of a professor of logopedics include the provision of instruction based on logopedic research in the Degree Programme in Logopedics. Together with the board of the programme, the appointee will also plan and develop BA and MA Degree studies in Logopedics, and supervise a wide variety of theses and dissertations.

The appointee’s duties also include carrying out and supervising scientific research in the field, obtaining external research funding, following developments in research in the relevant fields and participating in community relations and Finnish and international research cooperation. In addition, the duties include other tasks assigned to the department.

As the administrative and teaching language of logopedics at the University of Helsinki is primarily Finnish, the appointee is expected to acquire knowledge of Finnish required for administrative tasks, within 3 to 5 years.

The practical competence required for the position can be demonstrated with the qualification of a certified speech-language therapist. Supplementary clinical and theoretical studies related to communication disorders and their research will also be considered an asset.

The salary will be based on level 8-10 (professor) of the demands level chart 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.Instructions, requirements for language skills and models are available on the Faculty’s website at

Please submit your application (in PDF-format) using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

The closing date for applications is September 30, 2019.

Further information about the position may be obtained from Director of Medicum, Professor Eero Mervaala, eero.mervaala(at), tel. +358 50 448 2201 and the Professor in Logopedics Minna Laakso, minna.laakso(at), tel. +358 50 5560796

Enquiries regarding the recruitment process: HR Specialist Kaija Salenius, kaija.salenius(at), tel. +358 50 4160281.

Technical support with the recruitment system: recruitment(at)

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