The Finnish Museum of Natural History LUOMUS ( is an independent institute of the University of Helsinki and the national museum in the field of natural history in Finland. The museum’s duties are to amass, maintain, and display its collections, and to conduct related research, particularly in the field of species-level biodiversity. The collections serve research, teaching, and public education in biology, geology, and biodiversity, and form part of the international network of natural history repositories. The Finnish Museum of Natural History, established in 1988, has four units: Zoology, Botany, Natural Sciences, and General Services. The institution has a staff of c. 130, of which 40 work in the Zoology Unit. The entomological collections of the Unit comprise c. 9 million specimens from all over the world. Close to half of the insects are from Finland, and there are extensive collections from e.g. the northern Palearctic region and sub-Saharan Africa. The collections are particularly rich in Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, and Diptera.

The Finnish Museum of Natural History invites applications for a permanent position of

Senior Curator

specialising in the systematics and biogeography of insects. The appointment will begin on 1 November 2017 or as mutually agreed.

The duties of the senior curator will include independent research in collection-based systematics and zoogeography, acting as a superior for the Entomology Team as well as managing, amassing, and developing the scientific collections together with the other team members. As an expert in the field, the senior curator will participate in the museum’s international collaboration and community engagement in the field, as well as tasks related to teaching, e.g., the development of Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes and digital learning environments. The senior curator is expected to be active in obtaining external funding and in supervising research students and junior colleagues.

According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, an appointee to a senior curatorship shall hold a doctoral degree and have top-level scholarly qualifications, experience in leading research, proven success in obtaining external funding, as well as the documentation of international cooperation in the research field that the appointee represents.

Experience in working with scientific collections, pedagogical training, participation in university teaching and supervision, good leadership skills, and an inclination to team work as well as experience of societal interaction and knowledge of Finland’s nature and fauna are considered further assets.

The official languages of the University of Helsinki are Finnish and Swedish. According to the Government Decree on Universities, senior curators must be proficient in Finnish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must also have good skills in English.

The senior curator’s salary will be based on level 8-9 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The gross monthly salary will be approximately 5 100-6 100 euros, depending on the appointee’s career stage and scholarly qualifications.

Applicants are requested to submit their application as one single pdf file which includes the following documents:

1) An English language CV

2) An English language report (max. 3 pages) on the applicant’s previous research activities and acquired external funding, and a brief plan on how the applicant intends to develop and focus his or her research and its funding in the future

3) A report (max. 3 pages) of experience and merits which are of relevance for the evaluation of other skills relevant for the position (e.g. leadership, collection work, supervision and teaching). Please refer to the criteria for the assessment of teaching skills:

4) A numbered English language list of publications and other works with which the applicant wishes to demonstrate his or her competence and merits

Or, alternatively, an academic portfolio containing the above documents and information (for instructions, please see /

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, they may be requested to submit 5-10 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors.

The application, together with the required attachments, must be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the Apply link below.

Internal applicants (i.e. current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 11 April 2017.

For further information about the position, please contact Unit Director Aino Juslén, aino.juslen(at), phone+358 50 3109703 or Director Leif Schulman, leif.schulman(at), phone +358 50 5487692. For more information on Luomus, please see:

For technical assistance with the university’s electronic recruitment system and SAP HR portal, please contact recruitment(at)

Apply at latest 11.04.2017

Due date

Tuesday, April 11, 2017