Professor of Piano Music
University of the Arts Helsinki

Do you want to be part of a diverse and visionary community that is shaping the future? The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) is an international forerunner in education and research in the field of arts. Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy is now recruiting


for a five-year fixed-term assignment from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2025 or according to contract.

Working environment

Uniarts Helsinki began operations in early 2013 when the Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy and Theatre Academy merged. The total number of students is presently approximately 2,200, and there are 650 full-time equivalent personnel. The Sibelius Academy is responsible for the highest level of teaching, research and artistic activities in the field of music in Finland. It trains artists, educators and music experts capable of independent artistic and expert work. A central part of the training is the approximately 1,000 artistic events organised by the Sibelius Academy annually. The Sibelius Academy is also the biggest academic music research hub in Finland.

The Professor of Piano Music works in the Piano Department in the Faculty of Classical Music. One of the faculty’s nine departments, this department provides teaching and accompaniment to all Sibelius Academy students. Department staff members also provide doctoral training within the DocMus Doctoral School. For further information, please see the Uniarts Helsinki’s website.

Job description of the professor of piano music

General duties

  1. Carry out high-level artistic work
  2. Lead, foster and develop education within their field in cooperation with other faculty members within the university
  3. Provide students with study guidance and be sufficiently at their disposal
  4. Participate in the student admissions process and study assessments
  5. Provide the university with necessary reports on teaching, artistic and/or research activities
  6. Complete the required administrative duties associated with the post

Specific duties

  • Plan, implement, and develop the training of pianists in the bachelor's and master's degree programmes, Junior Academy, and doctoral schools in cooperation with other teaching staff and heads of the other departments
  • Maintain a strong vision of the future of piano music and methods for developing the field as well as a willingness to commit to the goals of their vision on a long-term basis
  • Promote piano music both as an independent form of art and through the training of professionals by assembling teachers of various fields of piano music and experts in the field from outside the Sibelius Academy; create an inspiring learning and working environment for the students and teachers of piano music
  • Establish and maintain international and domestic networks
  • At the national level, promote cooperation within the field, including music schools, arts institutes, orchestras, and festivals
  • Contribute to the development of international piano student recruitment

Selection criteria

Eligibility for the position of professor requires a doctoral degree or corresponding artistic merits, versatile teaching skills, pedagogical competence, ability to provide teaching based on artistic work and/or research, and experience in educational development. In addition, experience in developing and leading artistic and/or research activities as well as domestic and international cooperation, societal influence, and fundraising is requested. The areas to be evaluated in this context are presented in more detail in an evaluation matrix on the university’s website.

Eligible candidates are expected to have:

  • A strong artistic vision of the work as well as extensive knowledge, skills, and experience in the field
  • Evidence of high-level international experience as an artist
  • Strong pedagogic vision and excellent teaching skills
  • Evidence of vast and comprehensive knowledge of their teaching field
  • Evidence of successful piano teaching at the university level
  • Evidence of proactive and dynamic development and planning of education
  • Constructive and interactive assessment and feedback skills
  • The ability to cooperate and work in teams
  • Evidence of international networks and successful collaborations

A person who does not fulfil all of the above-mentioned criteria may also be selected for the post if they are particularly distinguished in relation to the other criteria.

We will consider the following competencies assets:


  • Advanced knowledge and skills evidenced by a completed doctoral degree
  • Evidence of successful academic planning or leadership
  • Experience in planning and leading multidisciplinary artistic projects
  • Pedagogical studies

We will assess the applicants’ commitment to and motivation for a full-time professorship and visions for the field and its development based on the application documents, suitability assessment, and other available information. If necessary, we will commission an external partner to carry out a personal assessment to evaluate a candidate’s suitability.

Language skills

The languages of instruction at Uniarts Helsinki are Finnish, Swedish, and English. Applicants are required to have a sufficient command of English. Finnish applicants are required to have a good command of Finnish or Swedish and a satisfactory knowledge of the second language. Uniarts Helsinki may decide to deviate from the language proficiency requirements.


Suitability assessment

The suitability assessment will take place in Helsinki in April and/or May 2020.






Uniarts Helsinki will implement tenure tracks for the teaching and research staff as of the beginning of 2020. The system will include tenure tracks for professors and lecturers.  Uniarts Helsinki reserves the right to evaluate the open position’s placement on the tenure track. In this recruitment, the following career paths may be considered: Associate Professor or Full Professor.

The salary for the assignment is based on levels 8-10 (professor) of the university salary system for teaching and research staff. In addition, the appointee will receive a salary component based on personal work performance. The annual salary of a professor is approximately EUR 64,000–96,000, depending on the experience and merits of the person selected. In addition, Uniarts Helsinki offers comprehensive occupational health care. The professor’s working hours will be based on a total annual workload of 1,624 hours as defined in the collective agreement. The assignment requires that the professor is present and available for contact teaching regularly.


Apply for the post by 26 January 2020 at the latest through this (a link for the application form) electronic recruitment system. Attach the documents listed under 1, 2, and 4 as PDF files written in English; for 3, see the application form for the permitted file formats.

  1. An open application letter in which you describe your vision for teaching and research and your strengths in relation to the post of professor (max. 4,000 characters)
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. Sample materials and their respective catalogue: no more than five recordings, publications, or other documents that show your competence and merits in relation to the post in question
  4. Teaching portfolio


Without jeopardising the uniform treatment of applicants, Uniarts Helsinki reserves the right to leave a position unfilled or continue the application period.

Prior to the compiling of the employment contract, the successful candidate for the post must provide official copies of required degree and language proficiency certificates.


For further details regarding the post, please contact:

Head of Department Niklas Pokki, best contacted by email at or by phone at +358 50 349 7708

-          from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 13 January 2020

-          from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 20 January 2020

For further details concerning the recruitment system and application process, please contact HR Officer Katja Vento, tel. +358 40 710 4213 or

Note: All Uniarts Helsinki’s e-mail addresses are in the form

Interested? Read more about Uniarts as an employer and our tenure tracks and recruitment processes on the university’s website.

Uniarts Helsinki is an international forerunner in education and research in the field of arts and strengthens the role of art as a force that reforms society. With its wide selection of programmes in the field of arts and a productive dialogue between teaching and research, Uniarts Helsinki sets itself apart as an internationally unique university.

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