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University Lecturer in Biochemistry (teaching in Finnish), University of Helsinki

University Lecturer in Biochemistry (teaching in Finnish), University of Helsinki


Starting January 2025

The candidate is expected to have a strong track record in the field of Biochemistry and to be committed to excellence in undergraduate education, research and research training.  Suitable research fields include protein/lipid/glycan/nucleic acid biochemistry, structural biology, biophysics, chemical biology, and related topics linked to basic biology or human disease.  The selected candidate is expected to conduct innovative research, apply for external research funding, and complement the scientific profile of the Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme.

The selected candidate should have a vision and drive to develop teaching of biochemistry, and actively advancing the use of interactive and student-centered education methods. Expected teaching will cover introduction to key concepts of biochemistry, as well as more advanced topics related to biochemical methods, structural biology, enzymology, or chemical biology & molecular biotechnology. Teaching will be carried out primarily as part of the curricula of both the BSc and MSc programmes (see BSc Molecular BiosciencesBSc Biology, and MSc Genetics and Molecular Biosciences). Student guidance and thesis work supervision also are important part of the duties.

An appointee to the lectureship must have a doctoral degree, high-level scholarly qualifications, and ability to provide top-level research-based teaching and to supervise theses. Evidence of international research network is also considered as a merit. Early-stage independent researchers are also encouraged to apply.
When considering the applicant’s qualifications, attention will be given to scientific publications and their impact in the applicant’s field of research, teaching experience, pedagogical competence, supervision of undergraduate and graduate theses, as well as participation in doctoral education. Skills in blended learning approaches using digital tools is considered an advantage. Furthermore, applicant’s activity in the scientific community, success in obtaining external research funding, and international research experience will be considered. The University of Helsinki has signed the DORA Declaration and applies its principles when assessing the scientific merit of applicants.
The lecturer needs to be able to provide teaching and student guidance in Finnish and in addition to have sufficient skills in Swedish to set and evaluate student assignments.

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