Open positions in research

Here you will find open positions in research from projects and initiatives to which HELSUS members and professors are affiliated.

These positions may be linked to research projects and initiatives where HELSUS is not involved. In case you have any questions on any of the open positions, please contact the responsible person(s) related to each of the positions.

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Environmental sustainability assessment of incorporating cellular agriculture in sustainable farming systems

The Future Sustainable Food Systems research group (University of Helsinki), led by HELSUS Assoc. Prof. Hanna Tuomisto, is seeking for a doctoral candidate or postdoctoral researcher for a year fixed-term scholarship. The research scholar will join a project funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation: "Transforming agriculture with agroecological symbiosis combined with cellular agriculture - Environmental impacts and perceptions of farmers and consumers”

The project explores the possibilities of improving the environmental sustainability of food production through new technologies. This position focuses on the modelling of environmental benefits that can be achieved by moving to sustainable farming practices. The aim is to model environmental benefits and disadvantages that can be achieved by converting conventional farming to agroecological symbiosis that utilises agroecological farming practices, biogas production and cellular agriculture. Cellular agriculture means the use of cell-culturing technologies for the production of food and materials. The focus of the research is on cultured meat and proteins synthesised by microbes. The environmental impacts will be modelled by using life cycle assessment (LCA).

The grant-funded researcher have to hold a relevant master or doctoral degree (e.g. in environmental sciences, biology, agriculture, natural sciences, data science or engineering) and have good English language skills. Strong quantitative skills are essential.

The grant is approximately € 2000 / month for a doctoral candidate and € 2500 / month for a postdoctoral researcher. The applicants should read the documentation related to the pension and insurance as these will affect the net amount of the grant. The University will provide working space in Helsinki or Mikkeli. In addition to the Future Sustainable Food Systems –research group, the grant-funded researcher will be affiliated to Ruralia Institute.

The application consists of the following documents in a single pdf-file:

  1. A cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for the research work and a short research plan (e.g. approach, research materials and methods) (up to 3 pages)
  2. Curriculum vitae showing the applicant's education, completed qualifications, work experience, possible list of publications and contact information of 2 persons for references
  3. Copies of Doctoral, Master's and Bachelor's degree certificates and official transcripts of the records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English
  4. A proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English, if the applicant is not a native speaker or educated in any of them

Send the application to hanna.tuomisto@helsinki.fi by 22.1.2021

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Hanna Tuomisto, hanna.tuomisto@helsinki.fi

Read more about the Future Sustainable Food Systems research group.

Read more about the Ruralia Institute.

Read more about the grant recipient's statutory pension and work accident insurance.

Read more about taxpayer taxation.

 

Environmental impacts of cultured meat

The Future Sustainable Food Systems research group (University of Helsinki), led by HELSUS Assoc. Prof. Hanna Tuomisto, is seeking for a doctoral candidate for 12 months or postdoctoral researcher for 10 months fixed-term scholarship. The research scholar will join a project funded by Wihuri Foundation that estimates environmental impacts of cultured meat by using consequential life cycle assessment (LCA).

Cultured meat (i.e. in vitro meat, artificial meat or laboratory-grown meat) is produced by cultivating animal cells in a nutrition medium by using tissue-engineering technologies. The technologies are still at research stage. A few studies have provided preliminary estimates of the environmental impacts of cultured meat, but further research is needed.

This project will develop consequential life cycle assessment (LCA) methods for comparing environmental impacts of cultured meat with livestock meat and plant based meat substitutes. The method considers the wider consequential environmental impacts that are not taken into account in the commonly used environmental assessments. These include the consequences in the land use change, energy generation and production of other commodities that occur as result of implementing changes in a system.

The grant-funded researcher have to hold a relevant master or doctoral degree (e.g. in environmental sciences, natural sciences, data science, engineering, agriculture or economics) and have good English language skills. Strong quantitative skills are essential.

The grant is approximately € 2000 / month for a doctoral candidate and € 2500 / month for a postdoctoral researcher. The applicants should read the documentation related to the pension and insurance as these will affect the net amount of the grant. The University will provide working space in Helsinki.

The application consists of the following documents in a single pdf-file:

  1. A cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for the research work and a short research plan (e.g. approach, research materials and methods) (up to 3 pages)
  2. Curriculum vitae showing the applicant's education, completed qualifications, work experience, possible list of publications and contact information of 2 persons for references
  3. Copies of Doctoral, Master's and Bachelor's degree certificates and official transcripts of the records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English
  4. A proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English, if the applicant is not a native speaker or educated in any of them

Send the application to hanna.tuomisto@helsinki.fi by 22.1.2021.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Hanna Tuomisto, hanna.tuomisto@helsinki.fi

Read more about Future Sustainable Food Systems research group.

Read more about the grant recipient's statutory pension and work accident insurance.

Read more about taxpayer taxation.