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As­sist­ant Pro­fessor/​Pro­fessor, Soft Mat­ter Chem­istry

University of Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland

The research field of the professor is soft matter chemistry. The science of soft matter is interdisciplinary involving the synthesis, characterization, and understanding of substances that have aspects of solid and liquid materials at the same time. A wide range of synthetic and biological materials fit the description, such as polymers, colloids, liquid crystals, proteins and DNA. These materials may self-assemble on a variety of length scales to form micellar dispersions, films, foams or gels due to reactions or interactions. Soft matter research has a potential to find and establish connections between synthetic and live matter.

We anticipate the appilicants to describe how their research is naturally linked to the research programs of the department.

The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent professorship or a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system consisting of two stages, each 3 – 5 years), depending on his or her qualifications and career stage.

According to Section 33 of the Universities Act (No 558/2009), a professor will 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.

According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, a professor must hold a doctoral degree and have high-level academic qualifications, experience in heading scientific research. The professor must also be able to provide research-based teaching of high quality, supervise dissertations and theses as well as evidence of international cooperation in the field.

An assistant/associate professor must hold a doctoral degree and ability for independent scientific work as well as teaching skills required by the position. 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, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce teaching materials, other teaching merits, and, if deemed necessary, teaching skills as demonstrated in a lecture as well as participation in doctoral education. Furthermore, attention will be paid to the applicant’s activities within the research community, success in obtaining research funding, research work abroad and elected positions in international organisations.

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