The University of Helsinki
is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland,
an international scientific community of 40,000 students and
researchers. In the international university rankings, the University of
Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki
seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking
for the best of the humanity. Through the power of science, the
University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640.
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.
03.03.2019 23:59 EET
Apply for the position
Read the job description at the university homepage
Post expires on Sunday March 3rd, 2019