The University of Helsinki in Finland is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students, researchers and staff members. University of Helsinki is also the most important provider of research infrastructures in Finland.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (, located on the Viikki Campus, promotes the sustainable use of natural resources and human wellbeing through scientific research and research-based teaching. The Faculty’s key areas of education and research are food, agricultural, forest and environmental sciences, and economics and microbiology in relation to these areas. The Faculty has c. 3,200 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs c. 500 experts.

Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, HELSUS (, is a new cross-faculty research unit in sustainability science at the University of Helsinki. The mission of the institute is to contribute to sustainability transformations of the societies by means of inter- and transdisciplinary research and education. The research focuses in particular, on urban studies, consumption and production, and Global South and Arctic contexts. There are around 50 professors and more than 60 researchers associated to the institute in HELSUS faculties.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry and HELSUS invite applications for a

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER to a project: Embedding environmental sustainability norms in society (EMBED)

The postdoc position is a part of the EMBED project funded by HELSUS. Postdoctoral researcher will also be part of the Behavioural Change and Sustainability research group led by associate professor Annukka Vainio. The aim of EMBED is to explore the social and societal consequences of the adoption of environmental sustainability norms: how the norms are adopted, diffused and interpreted among different social groups; and how these norms change social relationships and networks. Qualitative narrative interviews and quantitative surveys will be collected and analyzed.

The applicant shall hold a doctoral degree in social psychology, sociology, environmental social science, or other relevant behavioural or social science. Knowledge of relevant theories of social norms, social practices and/or inter-group behaviour, as well as the skills to apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods are expected.

The position is available for two years. The salary of the successful candidate will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary will be between 3200 - 3600 eur/month, depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. A six month trial period will be applied.

Application should include the following documents in English as a SINGLE PDF file:
- a cover letter
- CV
- list of publications
- names and e-mail addresses of two referees.
Deadline for applications is 9 March 2020.

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

For further information, please contact: annukka.vainio(at)

Due date

09.03.2020 23:59 EET