University of Helsinki, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Position ID: 568-STATISTICS [#21878]
Position Title: Professor or Assistant/Associate Professor of Statistics (Mathematical and Computational Statistics)
Position Type: Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Statistics
Starting Date: 2023/08/01
Salary Range: 60000-92000 €/yeae
Application Deadline: 2023/02/16 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/12/22, listed until 2023/06/22)
Position Description:    

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


starting from 01 August 2023 or as agreed.

We are looking for a candidate with research expertise in computational statistics and related mathematical theory. The appointee is expected to conduct active research at a high international level, and to take advantage of national and international funding opportunities to build and support a research group at the Department.

In terms of teaching, the area of the position should be understood in a broad sense, and the applicant’s capacity and willingness to contribute to diverse teaching needs of the Department is considered in the evaluation. In particular, the appointee will be responsible for developing teaching in the fields of mathematical and computational statistics as well as data science, acting as an interface between these fields. The expected amount of course teaching (including both Master and Bachelor level topics) is 10 ECTS credits per year as Assistant Professor, 15 credits per year as Associate Professor, and 20 credits per year as Professor, where 5 credits typically correspond to a 7-week course of 4 hours of lectures each week. 

The person will also supervise bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral theses, serve as a tutor, and participate in relevant administrative functions and 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 their 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

An assistant or associate professor must hold a doctoral degree in Statistics or other relevant discipline and have demonstrated ability for independent scientific work as well as teaching skills required by the position. A successful candidate is expected to have competence and motivation for scientific career proven by publications and other academic activities.

A professor must, in addition, have high-level academic qualifications and experience in leading scientific research, be able to provide research-based teaching and supervise dissertations and theses, as well as present evidence of international cooperation in the field.

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, international research experience, and activity in scientific organisations.

The candidate must be fluent in English, both oral and written. For applicants with an international background, skills in Finnish and/or Swedish are not required but may also be considered a merit.

Salary and benefits

The annual gross salary for an assistant/associate professor typically amounts to 60,000–74,000 euros and for full professor to 75,000–92,000 euros. The selected person will also get a startup package of about 160 000 EUR.

The University will offer the appointee an attractive career opportunity in top-level research and research-based teaching, possibilities for international collaboration, and, for assistant/ associate professors, prerequisites to grow into full professorship. The contracts for assistant and associate professors have a fixed term of 3–5 years, towards the end of which an evaluation is made concerning possible promotion to the next level. Assuming a successful evaluation at the end of the associate professorship, a promotion to full professorship will ensue.

The University offers comprehensive services to its employees, including preventive occupational health services and general medical care, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The Faculty of Science is an equal opportunity workplace committed to advancing wellbeing and diversity and promoting gender equality in science and education. We support the compatibility of work and family-life e.g. by providing an opportunity for 6 weeks of paid annual leave.

The University assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland and e.g. offers support for language studies to learn Finnish and Swedish. Finland is a family-friendly country with generous parental leaves, affordable state-subsidized day care that is available for all children, as well as world-renowned free primary education and universal healthcare. For more on the University of Helsinki as an employer and living in Helsinki, please see and 

How to apply

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

1)      an academic portfolio following the guidelines at, paying particular attention to:

·         research funding,

·         international collaboration,

·         invited presentations,

·         supervision of theses at all levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, doctoral),

·         teaching experience as a responsible lecturer,

·         a list of publications emphasising the most important ones;

2) a cover letter describing the candidate’s suitability for the position and motivation to apply for it (1–2 pages).

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki´s website. The deadline for applications is February 16th, 2023.

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

Further information

For further information, please contact:

  • About the position: Head of Department, Professor Tuomas Hytönen,  tuomas.hytonen(at)
  • About the recruitment process and recruitment system:  HR Specialist Jussi Hartikainen jussi.a.hartikainen(at)

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 of the University of Helsinki is the biggest university department of mathematical sciences in Finland. The department hosts four current ERC grants of the European Research Council and two Centres of Excellence of the Academy of Finland.

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