The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

Senior Scientist - Mineral Intelligence

The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) is a leading European specialist in mineral reserve assessment, research and sustainable use. Our task is to produce the information that society and the business sector need to promote the managed and sustainable use of soil and natural resources. We create new solutions, applications and innovations for the sustainable development of society. We function as a national geological information centre and actively participate in international research and project work as a specialist. GTK is part of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy (TEM). See also

We are seeking a highly motivated senior scientist to our Ore Geology and Mineral Economics unit. The position is located in our Espoo, Kuopio or Rovaniemi office.

Building capacity in minerals intelligence and foresight know-how is one of GTK focus areas in the coming years. Hence, we are seeking a Senior Scientist to develop our expertise and R&I project activities related to this applied field of geosciences.

In this position you will have an integral role in developing the research at GTK within this emerging field by implementing, preparing and managing national and international research projects with other team members and GTK personnel. Besides applied research in jointly funded projects, you will contribute to various commercial or custom made studies to GTK clients.

The applicant must have a PhD degree in geosciences or another discipline with close relationship to exploration and mining industry. We expect the applicant to be highly motivated and have a good track record in research. The applicant should also have well-established networks and be able to demonstrate an ability to attract external funding. Experience of at least three of the following subjects is required:

  • Scenarios and foresight
  • Material flows and life cycles
  • Circular economy
  • Mineral economics
  • Minerals policy and legal frameworks
  • Socio-economic and environmental aspects of minerals exploration and mining
  • Mineral statistics: production, collation, utilization and interpretation
  • Macro economy, it`s theories and applications

In addition we expect the applicant to have good teamwork skills. Also visionary and development oriented approach is highly preferred. Fluency in English is a minimum language requirement.

We offer a good research infrastructure with skilled, internationally oriented and highly trained personnel.

The benefits of the job include a working week of 36,45 hours with daily flexibility, generous annual holidays and a healthcare and pension plan.

The position is permanent, starting in 2018 upon applicant availability. Beginning salary will be between 3 780-4 540 euros/month depending on experience and qualifications.

We may conduct a personal background check of the person selected to the office or the job, if the person allows it (Security Clearance Act 726/2014). For more information about the security clearance process and the rights of the subject of the background check, visit

For more information about the position, please contact Mr Pekka Nurmi (Prof. Pekka Nurmi, Director, Science and Innovations), e-mail (tel. +358 29 503 2325) or Mr Pekka Tuomela (Head of Unit, Ore Geology and Mineral Economics), e-mail (tel. +358 29 503 4220). Please send your application with your motivation letter and CV by 4:15 p.m. (EET) on 31 January 2018 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 "Senior Scientist, Mineral Intelligence".

published: 02 January 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.