Professor or Assistant/Associate Professor in Quantum Information, Computing and Logic
University of Helsinki, Department of Physics

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 Physics is responsible for high-end research into physics and astronomy on an international level, and academic education in physics based on that research. The focus area of the research are material physics, elementary particle physics, and astrophysics. The department possesses nationally outstanding research equipment and close contacts with the top projects around the world.
With an annual budget of 12 Million Euros, some 200 person-years of work are completed at the department every year. The department has 20 tenured professors and 3 tenure-track assistant/associate professors. For more details, please see


The Department of Physics at the Faculty of Science of the University of Helsinki invites applications for a



The position is part of the University of Helsinki profiling action on Mind and Matter – foundations of information, intelligence and consciousness, aiming to strengthen new interdisciplinary research areas at the university. Applicable research topics include quantum information theory, quantum computing and applications, as well as related topics in quantum gravity and quantum field theory. The focus will be on the growing quantum interface between different subfields of physics, mathematics and computing.


The Department of Physics and the adjoining Helsinki Institute of Physics form the largest research center for physical sciences in Finland. The Faculty of Science hosts the University of Helsinki part of the Finnish Grid and Cloud Infrastructure for scientific computing, and has access via applications to the supercomputing facilities of the Finnish IT Centre for Science CSC.


The person to be chosen must have a strong track record in research in quantum physics and/or quantum information theory, and a strong network of international cooperation and collaboration. The appointee is expected to conduct research on an internationally high level. In addition, the appointee must take advantage of national and international research funding opportunities, participate in doctoral education at the Department, collaborate with other groups in the Mind and Matter action working on foundations of information, and participate in the interaction between science and society at large. The teaching area of the position is theoretical and mathematical physics. The person chosen for the position is also expected to teach and develop the teaching in the following degree programmes: Master’s programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods, Bachelor programme in Physical Sciences, or Bachelor programme in Science.


The University will offer the appointee an attractive career opportunity in top-level research and research-based teaching, possibilities for international collaboration, and for the appointed assistant/associate professor prerequisites to grow into full professorship. In addition to the funding possibilities offered by the national funding agencies, the Faculty of Science opens calls on a yearly basis for infrastructure funding. The selected person will also get a startup package of about 160 000 EUR.


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 and 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 have demonstrated 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.


Annual gross salary for an assistant/associate professor amounts to 50,000 - 68,500 euros and for full professor to 64,000 - 96,000 euros.


Applications must have the following enclosures as a one single pdf file (in English):
1) an academic portfolio approved by the Faculty (as set out at, containing a summary of supervision duties of master’s and doctoral theses and a presentation on how the applicant plans to develop her/his field and its teaching;
2) a list of those publications and other relevant documents on competence and merits that the applicant wishes to be taken into account in the selection process.


On the Faculty’s request, short-listed applicants should prepare to submit up to 10 publications of their choice to be sent to assessors after the application period. The publications shall be submitted the University of Helsinki Recruitment System upon request of the Faculty.


Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via 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.


The deadline for applications is 31 October 2019.


More information: Head of Division of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Professor Kari Rummukainen (kari.rummukainen(at)


Due date

31.10.2019 23:59 EET

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