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


specialising in systematics and biogeography of either vertebrates or invertebrates (excluding insects). At the moment, the Zoology Unit lacks vertebrate expertise, and therefore we are primarily looking for a vertebrate researcher. The appointment will begin on 1 July 2017 or as mutually agreed.

The curator will be part of the Metazoa Team of the Zoology Unit ( The duties of the curator will include independent research in collection-based and specimen-based systematics and zoogeography (at any taxonomical level, and including molecular approaches), as well as managing, amassing and developing the scientific collections together with the other team members. As an expert in the field, the curator will participate in the museum’s tasks related to teaching and societal interaction. The curator is expected to be active in obtaining external funding, forming and leading his/her own research group and supervising students and junior colleagues.

The curator must hold a doctoral degree and have a record of international publications demonstrating competence in research in the field. Experience in working with scientific collections, participation in university teaching and supervision, proven success in obtaining external funding, experience of societal interaction, as well as knowledge of Finland’s nature and fauna and an inclination to team work are considered further assets.

The official languages of the University of Helsinki are Finnish and Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempt from formal language requirements. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must also have good skills in English.

The salary will be based on levels 5-7 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities (a senior position equivalent to University Lecturer). The salary includes a component based on personal work performance. The starting salary will be 3 300–4 500 euros/month.

Applicants are requested to submit in English, as a single pdf file:
• an application
• CV
• list of publications
• optionally other documents that demonstrate the applicant’s merits
• a brief report (1−2 pages) on the applicant’s previous research activities and how the applicant intends to develop his or her research and focus his or her scholarly activities, if appointed.

Or, alternatively, an academic portfolio containing the above documents and information (

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

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

After closing of the call, if requested, applicants should be prepared to submit up to 5 publications of their choice to be evaluated.

For further information about the position, please contact Unit Director Aino Juslén (aino.juslen(at) For more information on Luomus, please see:

Apply at latest on Monday 20 February 2017.

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