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The Future Sustainable Food Systems research group, led by Associate Professor Hanna Tuomisto, is affiliated with the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry and the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS). The recently established growing group is interested in researching potential of novel technologies such as cellular agriculture that utilises cell-culturing technologies for food production. The Future Sustainable Food Systems research group is seeking for

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER/DOCTORAL STUDENT in Sustainable Food Systems

for a temporary 2-3 year contract (depending on the level of the position and starting date) to work in a project called ”Assessing the potential of novel food production technologies to improve the environmental sustainability of food systems”. The project explores the potential of novel technologies, such as vertical farming and cellular agriculture (i.e. use of cell-culturing technologies for food production), to contribute to the improvement of the sustainability of global food systems. The project will develop new sustainability assessment methods and approaches that consider the wider consequential impacts such as the changes in land use, energy generation and composition of diets that are generally ignored by the commonly used environmental assessment methods.

The postdoctoral researcher/doctoral student will contribute to the development of novel frameworks, approaches and methods for consequential sustainability assessment of food systems and use these methods for assessing the impacts of introducing novel food production technologies in different geographic areas. The appointed researcher will work in collaboration with the other members of the Future Sustainable Food Systems research group and will be supervised by the team leader Assoc. prof. Hanna Tuomisto.

The candidate is expected to have:

• a degree (a master degree for the doctoral student position, and a doctoral degree for the postdoctoral researcher position) in environmental sciences, engineering, agricultural sciences, environmental economics, or other relevant field
• ability to work independently and as a part of a team
• strong quantitative skills and understanding of environmental impacts
• knowledge of sustainability assessment methods (e.g. life cycle assessment) is seen as a benefit.

A person appointed as a doctoral student is required to apply for the right for doctoral studies from the University of Helsinki within six months after starting the post.

The salary of a postdoctoral researcher will be based on levels 5 and doctoral student on levels 2 - 4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. For a postdoc the starting salary will be 3 200 euros/month and for the doctoral student the starting salary will be 2200 - 2400 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university) assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland. A six-month trial period will be applied.

The attachment required for the application include (preferable 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 (up to 3 pages)
3) Copies of 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.

Please submit your application through 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 submit their application via the SAP HR portal, saphr.it.helsinki.fi.

The closing date for applications is 3 March 2019 at 23:59.

Further information about the position may be obtained from Associate Professor Hanna Tuomisto hanna.tuomisto(at)helsinki.fi.

Due date

03.03.2019 23:59 EET