The Foundation for the Finnish Cancer Institute (FCI) aims to enhance and promote high-quality cancer research in Finland and thus contribute to cancer prevention and treatment. To achieve this, FCI offers researcher positions for different career stages, organizes high-level international symposia, and facilitates cancer research in general in Finland.

With the support from Cancer Foundation Finland, we now invite applications for

Two 3-year Research Professor positions

We are seeking for dedicated and enthusiastic scientists in order to support their careers in any area of cancer research. Eligible applicants have a doctorate degree and post-doctoral experience without a current professorship or comparative position in another organization. The successful applicant demonstrates an independent line of excellent scientific research together with an exciting research plan to be executed in Finland during the 3-year position. A position combining clinical work up to 50% may be considered.

The 3-year fixed-term contracts involve employment at the FCI with a salary of € 6500/month and are to commence on January 1st, 2024. The contract includes salary, and no additional funding for materials. The positions are named Pink Ribbon Research Professors.


The application period is from March 16 to April 16, 2023. Applications are made in English on a web form.

Required attachments in English and in PDF format are

Research plan (max 5 pages including introduction, aims, implementation, methods, ethical aspects, timetable, study group, estimated budget and references)
Curriculum vitae (max 2 pages)
List of 20 selected publications including number of citations received, the journal and DOI/link to the publication.
If you are applying for a part-time position, a document from the clinical employer describing its readiness for a part-time position must be submitted.

Attachments should be submitted as a single pdf file in the order of research plan, CV, list of publications, commitment from the clinical employer. Name the file FCI_yourfirstname_yourlastname.

Deadline for submissions: April 16, 12 pm (EEST)

Evaluation criteria and decisions

FCI’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) reviews and short-lists the applicants against the following criteria:

Scientific quality, significance, and potential impact of the proposal
The feasibility of the proposal in terms of the quality of the research environment, resources, status of the project, and plans for the 3-year period
Suitability of the applicant for the position including previous research merits considering the applicant’s career stage
Conflicts of interest of reviewers are determined according to the Academy of Finland policies in disqualification of a member of a decision-making body.

After short-listing, 6-9 most highly ranked applications are submitted to an international expert review. The FCI’s Board of Trustees makes decisions based on the evaluation and ranking of the SAB and international experts. Decisions are expected in late August at which time all applicants are informed. The short-listed applicant will receive the international experts’ evaluation, other applicants will receive no feedback on the applications.

More information:

Tiina Vesterinen
Managing Director
+358 50 448 7350