Research Professor or Associate Research Professor in Minerals Processing

The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), established in 1885, is a leading European competence center in the assessment and sustainable use of geological resources. We provide expertise that serve the interests of our clients, stakeholders and society as a whole. We generate innovative solutions that lead to new technologies and business areas, as well as promote sustainable growth. GTK is expert organisation under Finland's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, employing approximately 420 full-time staff who are effectively engaged in tasks at the local, national and international level. A particular feature of GTK is our Mintec Pilot Plant facility in Outokumpu, which comprises a world-class research mineral processing facility that performs plant trials and testing of ores from Finland and around the world.

We are looking for a Research Professor or Associate Research Professor in Minerals Processing with focus on hydrometallurgy and/or flotation. You will develop state-of-the-art research and innovations, as well as customer-oriented applications, such as digital solutions for improved processing efficiency. You are expected to successfully bid for competitive research funding sources, and to initiate, prepare and lead national and international science and innovation (S&I) projects in the field, thus implementing strategic competence development.

For the Research Professor position a PhD degree in geosciences or a closely related discipline is required. You are a recognized international expert in minerals processing as applied to hydrometallurgy and/or flotation, and you have an excellent track record and experience in S&I activities related to minerals processing. Alternatively, the position may also be filled as an Associate Professor. In that case a PhD in Mineral Processing or Minerals Engineering is required in addition to a good postdoctoral experience in the field. Research experience in cooperation with industry is a merit.

You must be highly motivated, have well-established networks with international research groups, and be able to demonstrate an ability to attract external funding. Excellent communication skills in English are expected. A good understanding and experience in the use of modern instrumentation and techniques in minerals processing is essential.

We offer a modern, well-equipped working environment with teams comprising competent, internationally engaged, and highly trained staff.

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The appointment is for five years, with the possibility of extension. The preferred starting date is 1.1.2020. You will be located in Finland at our Espoo or Outokumpu office. The starting salary for Research Professor is 5 950 - 6 340 eur/month and for the Associate Research Professor 5 080 - 5 410 eur/month.

For more information about the position, please contact Prof. Alan Butcher (, Science and Innovations Director, Dr Saku Vuori (, or Operative Units Director, Mr Olli Breilin, ( Please indicate clearly in your application which position level you are interested in. Kindly send your application with your motivation letter and CV by 4:15 p.m. (EET) on 30.8.2019 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 "Research Professor in Minerals Processing".

published: 27 June 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.