Dean of Faculty of Science

University of Helsinki Faculty of Science

Finland

The University of Helsinki is a community founded on research, learning and courageous thought, where groundbreaking basic research, open-minded curiosity and cooperation engender opportunities for solving global challenges. Our everyday work and interaction are guided by the University’s strategic plan as well as shared values: truth, Bildung, freedom and inclusivity.

The Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki, an academic community of more than 6,000 members including both students and staff, is Finland’s largest hub of expertise in the natural sciences. Representing the top of international scientific expertise and driven by scientific curiosity, we are contributing to a sustainable future and addressing global challenges through high-quality education and research in the natural sciences. We share our knowledge to benefit the world – to make a difference together.

The Faculty of Science invites applications for a DEAN to lead the Faculty’s operations and support the rector in the University’s leadership. The dean will be appointed for a term of maximum period of five years.

As a dean, you will lead the faculty’s operations based on the University’s strategic plan and values. You will be responsible for the efficient, economic and effective completion of the Faculty’s duties, operations and degree programmes. You will prepare and implement the decisions of the Faculty Council and will be responsible for the Faculty’s human resources and financial matters as well as the assets managed by the Faculty. You will ensure your Faculty’s successful performance in accordance with the University’s values, while taking into account the indicators used in the university funding model. You will also contribute to the management of University-level duties in support of the rector. Through your actions, you will always further the interests of the University and your Faculty. You will report to the rector of the University.

The position of dean requires a strategic and future-oriented vision for the development of the Faculty and the University. Successful cooperation with the Faculty, the University community, the University’s senior leadership and stakeholders is based on interaction, openness, collegiality, and objective-setting.

The dean must have financial and HR management skills as well as leadership and supervisory skills and be willing to develop in their role. The dean must have an understanding of the academic world and experience in the academic management and leadership of a Faculty discipline. When making the appointment, merit will be accorded for insight into research and educational policy, experience in teaching, and engaging in active national and international cooperation in the field of the Faculty. A visionary approach to leading equality and inclusivity in the international operating environment will be considered an asset. The position requires proficiency in Finnish, Swedish and English. If necessary, the University will support the appointee in developing their Finnish language proficiency during the first year.

The appointee must hold a doctoral degree and have the competence and professional skills necessary for the duties of the position. In addition, the appointee must have good leadership skills as demonstrated in practice, for example, in an academic leadership position with operational responsibility.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

For additional information about the position, please contact Professor Simo Huotari, chair of the appointment committee (simo.huotari(at)helsinki.fi, +385 29415 0638) and Rector Sari Lindblom (rector(at)helsinki.fi). In questions related to the application process, please contact Hanna Nurmela, Head of human resources (hanna.nurmela(at)helsinki.fi, +358 29412 2650).

Applications should be accompanied by the following documents:
1) A curriculum vitae (max 4 pages), a list of publications, and an application letter
2) A statement outlining the applicant’s vision of the future of education and research in the fields represented by the Faculty (max. 2 pages)
3) A description of the applicant’s leadership experience and leadership principles (max. 1 page)

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University’s electronic recruitment system. If you have questions about the recruitment system, please contact rekrytointi(at)helsinki.fi. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview and a public hearing in October. We ask applicants to note that, as the University is an institution under public law, its recruitments are public.

The deadline for applications is 2 October 2023.


In your application, please refer to Polytechnicpositions.com

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