The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. Some 35,000 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree at the University of Helsinki.

Measured in number of students and teachers, the Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki is the largest science faculty in Finland. There are some 6,000 students taking a basic degree. Out of them, some 1,000 are postgraduates. There are some 500 international students, and over 200 researchers and teachers from abroad.

Institute for Atmospheric and Earth system Research (INAR) is a multi- and interdisciplinary research unit based in physics, chemistry, meteorology and forest sciences in the University of Helsinki. INAR aims to strengthen the internationally leading, integrated multidisciplinary research environment for atmospheric and Earth system science and to feed in scientific results for the national and international environment and climate policy. It performs multiscale research from molecular to global scale and focuses on climate change, air quality, biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem processes. The scientific objective of INAR is to reduce the scientific uncertainties related to climate change at global scale by quantifying the essential feedback mechanisms between atmospheric processes and changing functioning of biosphere and to increase knowledge of air quality – climate interactions and feedback. Research and high international impact of INAR is based on the unique, comprehensive and continuous data from SMEAR field stations. INAR leads two European ESFRI research infrastructures. There are around 20 professors and 150 researchers in different career stages affiliated with INAR in the University of Helsinki. INAR has national partners in Finnish Meteorological Institute, University of Eastern Finland and Tampere University of Technology.

The Faculty of Science invites applications for the position of
starting from 1 January 2020 or as agreed.
The appointee to a research director position must hold a doctoral degree and qualifications equivalent to professorships. When considering qualifications, special attention will be paid to scientific work, efficient leadership of a research group, success in obtaining external research funding and evidence of international research cooperation.

The appointee to a research coordinator position must hold a doctoral degree and have evidence of scholarly work and the teaching skills necessary for the position. Research coordinators should themselves be engaged in research activities. This requires the ability to coordinate research projects and their finances. In addition, scholarly work outside Finland and evidence of international cooperation are given particular consideration.

We are looking for a Ph. D. scientist focused in aerosol physics and chemistry and with demonstrated history of working in the research and/or industry and research infrastructures for at least for a couple of years. Experience in organizing and participating in field and laboratory experiments is highly appreciated for this position. Excellent skills in English and Finnish, both written and spoken are required for the position. Willingness to travel internationally and nationally is mandatory for the person in this position.

The nominee for the post will establish, run and lead Helsinki unit of two ACTRIS calibration centers (ACTRIS central facilities); in-situ aerosol measurements and in-situ reactive trace gas measurements. Your working place is located at INAR facilities, in University of Helsinki, Finland. The work includes legal, governance, financial, technical, strategic, and administrative aspects, all related to implementation of the calibration centre units according to the concepts developed in ACTRIS preparatory phase project and put forward in ACTRIS implementation phase project supported by the European Commission.

He/she will take charge of the calibration and the quality-assurance for near-surface observations of reactive trace gases measured by the modern mass spectrometric methods (e.g. nitrate based Chemical ionization – atmospheric pressure interface time-of-flight mass spectrometer, CI-APi-TOF), and sub 10 nm aerosol particle counters and spectrometers, as well as cluster and ion spectrometers and instruments (such as Neutral cluster and Air Ion Spectrometer, NAIS and Particle Size Magnifier, PSM). The work will include the support for the quantification of measurement errors, promoting standardized methods, training of staff and other scientists, audits and research and development of methodologies. The person nominated will teach courses on aerosol and trace gas measurement technologies and atmospheric chemistry.

The salary is based on the salary system of Finnish universities. The average starting salary for a research director is about 5700 euros/month and for a research coordinator about 4200 euros/month.

Applications must have the following enclosures as a joint pdf document (in English):
1) an academic portfolio approved by the Faculty (as set out at
2) a list of those publications (or a full publication list) and other relevant documents on competence and merits that the applicant wishes to be taken into account in the selection process.

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

The deadline for applications is 7 November 2019.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Tuukka Petäjä, +35850415527 or Professor Markku Kulmala +358405962311.

Due date

07.11.2019 23:59 EET