The field of the professorship has been specified as unit operations and unit processes in food manufacturing, and behaviour of material in processes. The professorship is co-funded by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The expectation is that the professor develops collaborative research as a part of the mutual Future Food Factory initiative. The University of Helsinki is the employer of the professor, and the position is at the Department of Food and Environmental Sciences at Viikki Campus in Helsinki and at VTT at Otaniemi Campus in Espoo.
According to Section 33 of the Universities Act (No 558/2009), a professor shall carry out and supervise scientific work, provide education based on it, follow developments in research, and participate in societal interaction and international cooperation in his or her field. According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, an appointee to a professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and have top level scholarly qualifications, experience in the supervision of scientific research, the ability to provide top level teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations as well as documentation of international cooperation in the research field that the appointee represents. Holders of professorships shall also be required to have the skills necessary for serving as an academic leader.
When considering the applicant's qualifications, attention shall be given to scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce teaching material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills as well as the applicant's participation in doctoral education. Account shall also be taken of the applicant's activity in the scientific community, success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience and international elected positions as well as leadership and interaction skills.