Professor in Animal Welfare

The position is a joint position between the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in collaboration with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). The research, expertise and teaching field of the professorship is Animal Welfare. In this research context, animal welfare is defined as the animal’s experience of its own mental and physical state. The position will focus on the welfare of domestic animals in a multidisciplinary environment within HOH Helsinki One Health network organization.

The successful candidate is expected to have experience in research and teaching of animal welfare science and relevant approaches such as ethology, stress physiology and on-farm welfare assessment. Potential research areas include development of methods to evaluate animal welfare utilizing new technologies, linking animal welfare to longevity and health of high producing farm animals, genetics of behaviour, and animal welfare in relation to nutrition, health and pain. The candidate should be able to work within an interdisciplinary research environment, including veterinary sciences, animal nutrition and management, animal breeding and genetics, and automated data collection and modelling. The successful candidate is expected to have an interest in a wide variety of domestic animals, and perform research and teaching activities related to both production and companion/hobby animals.

Further information:

• About the position and the operational environment: Professor Pekka Uimari, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, pekka.uimari(at), +358504160426 or Professor Olli Peltoniemi, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, olli.peltoniemi(at), +358405381621

• About the recruitment process: HR Specialist Heidi Kauppinen, heidi.m.kauppinen(at), +358504155341, technical support with the recruitment system also: recruitment(at)

How to apply: 

Application must include an academic portfolio (in English), which includes applicant’s CV, publication list and scientific activity (including acquired research funding), report on the experience and merits related to the assessment of teaching skills; as well as a plan for developing research and teaching in the field of professorship (maximum of 2 pages). For more information, please see:

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments as a single pdf file, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. Only the mandatory fields (*) of the recruitment system including the Academic Merits questionnaire and where you found about this job opportunity may be filled in. The closing date for applications is 31 January, 2019.

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the faculty may request them to submit 5-10 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors.

Closing date: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019
University of Helsinki
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
xxxx xxx Helsinki
4300 - 6800 euros per month
Contract type: 
Full time