Professor of Violin

The Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) is now recruiting

a Professor of Violin (artistic professorship)

starting from 1 August 2023. This tenure track position is full-time and permanent. The post is filled based on artistic criteria.

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 700 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 Violin works in the Department of Strings and Chamber Music in the Faculty of Classical Music. One of the faculty’s nine departments, this department provides instruction for string instrumentalists in close cooperation with the departments of wind instruments, orchestra and conductor training, piano, and early music. The staff consists of four professors, 14 lecturers, and approximately 35 part-time teachers. Approximately 150 students are majoring in strings and chamber music. In addition, there are 30 Junior Academy students in the department. Department staff members also provide doctoral training within the DocMus Doctoral School. Further information about the department is available on the Uniarts website. Please also see the values and ethical principles of our university.

Job description

The main duties of the professor of violin:

  • Plans, fosters, and develops the training of violinists in cooperation with other faculty members within the university
  • Promotes the field of violin music and violin music education taking into account the perspectives of both soloist and orchestral and chamber music activities by bringing together teachers and experts of various fields of violin music
  • Builds an inspiring learning and working environment for the students and teachers of violin music
  • Establishes and maintains international and domestic networks
  • Promotes cooperation within the field, including music schools, arts institutes, orchestras, and festivals
  • Provides students with study guidance and supports them in transition into working life
  • Participates in the student admissions process and study assessments
  • Contributes to the development of international violin student recruitment
  • Carries out high-level artistic work

The total annual working time in a full-time professor position is 1,612 hours, of which 386 hours are designated to contact teaching. A full-time professor position requires regular and active participation in the activities of the university community and the music life of the Helsinki metropolitan area. In addition, the professor has administrative duties associated with the post, such as participating in the development and quality-assurance processes as well as in the work of the university’s administrative bodies as necessary.

Competence requirements and selection criteria

Eligibility for the position of professor of the Uniarts Helsinki 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.

In addition we expect that the professor of violin has

  • A clear vision of the future of violin 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
  • An artistic vision as well as extensive knowledge, skills, and experience in the field
  • Evidence of high-level international experience as an artist
  • Pedagogic vision and excellent teaching skills
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the teaching field
  • Evidence of violin teaching at the university level / in a higher education institution
  • Evidence of proactive and dynamic development and planning of education
  • Constructive and interactive assessment and feedback skills as well as collaboration skills
  • 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.

The applicant’s eligibility will be assessed both on the basis of the available documentation and in a separate demonstrations of proficiency event, which will be held in Helsinki in the beginning of 2023. The content of the demonstrations (duration approximately 1 hour 30 minutes / candidate) is tentatively the following: artistic performance, (applicant may choose the repertoire), teaching demonstrations (two students at different stages in their studies) and an interview.

Language proficiency

The languages of instruction at the University of the Arts Helsinki are Finnish, Swedish and English. Violin is taught mainly in Finnish or English. Applicants are required to have a good command of the language of instruction. For international applicants, we only require proficiency in English. Language skills are assessed in relation to work tasks and demonstrated in an aptitude test. Satisfactory knowledge of a second native language is also required for domestic applicants.


The salary is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. The demand level of the post is on levels 8–9. In addition, a personal salary component will be paid. In a full-time (100%) position, the gross annual salary will be approximately EUR 64,000–75,000 depending on the experience and merits of the person. In addition, Uniarts Helsinki offers occupational health care.

How to apply

Apply for the post by 11.59 p.m. (UTC +2) on 25 September 2022 at the latest through electronic recruitment system. You will then receive an acknowledgement of receipt via email (check the spam folder if you can’t find the email in your inbox). Your application must include the following documents as PDF files written in English:

  • An open application letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A teaching portfolio (instructions for compiling a teaching portfolio on our website)
  • Document with links to some current artistic performances (e.g. one-three audio or video recordings / samples)


For further details concerning the advertised post, please contact Head of Department Päivi Arjas tel. +358 40 710 4289 and for further details concerning the application process, please contact HR Officer Anne Kilpeläinen tel. +358 50 348 4539. Our emails are

About us

Uniarts Helsinki is an open meeting place for the arts – an ambitious university community for bold reformers and experts in tradition. We cultivate a unique environment that helps artists grow and strengthens the power of art as a driver of change. Uniarts Helsinki is one of the leading universities in its field, and it is comprised of the Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy and Theatre Academy. We have about 2,000 students, 60 professors and 700 full-time equivalent employees.