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The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

Chief Expert in Urban Geology

The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) is one of the leading geosciences research centres in Europe. We are seeking a skilled, collaborative-minded and enthusiastic Chief Expert who wants to promote our know-how and project activities related to urban geology, particularly, the application of geoscientific expertise, data and geomodels in sustainable urban development and in building information modelling (BIM). The main task is to model geoscientific data (e.g., geological, geophysical, geotechnical, rock mechanical and hydrogeological data) to be integrated in urban planning and engineering geology. The aim is to promote sustainable land use planning, infrastructural design, tunnelling and construction. Co-operation with a variety of private and public stakeholders is important. The results should create new know-how, innovations and customer-oriented applications. The Chief Expert should have the motivation and capacity to initiate, prepare and lead national and international R&I projects, and to take care of competence development at GTK.

We expect the applicant to have a minimum of an M.Sc. degree in geosciences or another relevant discipline, and to be highly motivated and experienced. A good track record in R&I or other type of project activities relevant to urban geology is an advantage. Proven good personal networks with research and other stakeholder groups within universities, research institutes, and the public and private sectors are desirable. We expect the applicant to demonstrate an ability to attract external funding. Project experience in cooperation with the private sector is highly appreciated. Special emphasis is placed on collaborative skills and the ability to initiate and lead research projects with partners, as well as on the ability to lead competence development at GTK. Fluency in English is the minimum language requirement.

The position has a fixed term of five years, with the possibility of being extended, and it is located at our Espoo office. We offer a good research infrastructure with skilled, internationally oriented and highly trained personnel.

The benefits of the job include a working week of 36 hours with daily flexibility, generous annual holidays and a healthcare and pension plan. GTK's payroll system consists of a job-specific component (Level 11, 4616/month) plus a personal component of up to 50%, depending on performance and expertise.

For more information about the position, please contact Prof. Pekka Nurmi (Director, Science and Innovations), e-mail (tel. +358 40 5045236), or Mr Petri Lintinen (Director, Projects and Customers), e-mail (tel. +358 40 7513361). Please send your application with your motivation letter and CV by 4:15 p.m. (EET) on 17 October 2016 to the Geological Survey of Finland by e-mail:; or by mail: P.O. Box 96, 02151 Espoo, Finland. Please mark your e-mail or mail with "Chief Expert, Urban Geology".

published: 26 August 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.