Chief Expert, Environmental Solutions

Geological Survey of Finland is an internationally oriented geoscience research agency operating under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. We are a leading European competence center on the assessment and sustainable use of geological resources. For our customers and partners we provide geological expertise to create solutions for more sustainable growth. We offer diverse expert and research services, continuously developing digital services and a broad range of laboratory services. We employ over 400 professionals.

The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) is looking for a Chief Expert for the Environmental Solutions unit in Espoo, Kokkola, Kuopio or Rovaniemi. You will be responsible for developing environmental geology / geochemistry research in GTK. Your assignment will be strongly involved in developing national and international cooperation, project preparation and implementation with partners and customers.

What we expect

  • We expect you to have a PhD in geology and long previous working experience with scientific publishing in the field of environmental geochemistry or geology
  • You are capable of developing (especially catchment level) research dealing with anthropogenic / land use influence in soil, water balance, surface water and sediments
  • We also expect you to have fluent language skill in English, good cooperation and networking skills, communication skills, readiness, ability and willingness to travel and do fieldwork
  • You are an adaptable team player. You take initiative and work independently. You enjoy sparring and helping your team succeed. You are passionate about learning new things. You work well under pressure and have good prioritisation skills. You can quickly adapt to changes and seize opportunities. We expect you to be innovative and development-oriented

We appreciate

  • Capability to manage and model research results with latest methods
  • Existing international network in customer and research community
  • Experience in preparing funding proposals and leading international cooperation projects
  • Language skill in Finnish

What we offer

GTK is an international and diverse work community where everyone's input is valued. Our employees have the opportunity to influence their own work, and we offer the ability to work remotely. At GTK we are determined to renew our operations and expertise. We take care of our employees' wellbeing with our extensive occupational healthcare and wide range of activities that support wellbeing at work. Find out more about us:

Information about pay

The total salary at the beginning of employment will be approximately EUR 5130 - 5470 per month.

Security clearance

We may conduct a personal background check on the person selected for the job with the person's consent (security clearance act 726/2014). For more information about the security clearance process and the rights of subjects of background checks, please visit

Other details

The position is permanent. The starting date is 01.01.2021 or by agreement.

For further information, please contact your future supervisor Jouni Pihlaja (tel. +358408243117) on 15.09 at 14-16 or 17.09 at 14-16 (EET).

Please send your application with your motivation letter and CV through the service latest on 30.09.2020 at 16:15 (EET), using service key 32-687-2020.

published: 9 September 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.