Director of HiLIFE
Helsinki, Finland
a competitive salary package

Director of HiLIFE

HiLIFE, Helsinki Institute of Life Science, is one of the leading life science research institutes in the Nordics. It builds on existing strengths and new recruits and partnerships to create an attractive international environment where today’s grand challenges in health and environment are solved together. HiLIFE supports outstanding research and generation of innovations across the University’s campuses within partner faculties and its own units, the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM, the Institute of Biotechnology and Neuroscience Center. HiLIFE also coordinates research infrastructures in life sciences and provides research-based interdisciplinary training. HiLIFE has a staff of more than 650 diverse scientists and support personnel. The budget exceeds 60 M€ of which about 65% is external competed research funding. The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers with a critical outlook and a creative attitude. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. Through the power of science, we contribute to a meaningful life, human wellbeing and healthy environment!

We are now seeking candidates for the position of
Director of HiLIFE

Appointed by the Rector of the University of Helsinki, the Director of HiLIFE provides enthusiastic, inspiring and clear leadership to HiLIFE as a spearhead of the University’s life science strategic research area and as a partner to the faculties of the University of Helsinki. The Director has overall responsibility of operations according to the University Regulations and HiLIFE Rules of Procedure and he/she prepares topics for the HiLIFE board.

The Director of HiLIFE promotes further development of a platform for high quality interdisciplinary research and teaching and strengthening of the University’s international links in life science. A key factor for success will be close cooperation with the leadership of other life science units at the University, identifying areas of strength and working constructively across all life science areas.

The Director will be appointed initially for a term of 5 years with the possibility of renewal based on evaluation. The salary is negotiable within the salary system of Finnish universities. The appointee will assume the position at the latest in January 1, 2022. A six-month trial period will be applied.

Qualifications and experience

Candidates for the position think strategically, are innovative, have a global mind-set and strong people skills. Strong candidates will have outstanding leadership capabilities and demonstrable experience of leading interdisciplinary work and complex structures in life science with excellent collaboration, communication and change agility skills.

Candidates will show a strong commitment to a broad base of interdisciplinary research in life science, and have a clear familiarity with international and emerging trends in life science in addition to having a strong personal track record of research and funding in any area of life science. The appointee must hold a doctoral degree and have the skills to serve as an academic leader. To attend successfully to the duties of the position, the appointee must be fluent in English. Proficiency in Finnish or Swedish is useful, but not necessary.

Application deadline and further information

Applications are welcome until August 16th, 2021.

Please attach following information to your application (as pdf file):
– CV (max 4 pages including biosketch and summarizing education, positions and academic work)
– your vision for the development of HiLIFE as part of the University of Helsinki
– statement on future development of life science research and your leadership strategy
– a list of not more than 10 selected publications with motivation for selecting each, and a link or reference (e.g. ORCID) to a complete list of publications.

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