Research Scientist / Senior Scientist (Hydrogeochemistry)

At GTK, we aim to work for the Earth and for Us. We conduct objective research to find solutions to challenges posed by climate change, the energy transition, and the circular economy. Our 400 experts are specialists in the mineral economy, green energy, water management, the environment, and digital solutions. Together with our Finnish and global partners, we are building sustainable and carbon-neutral future. GTK is a research organization governed by the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) is looking for a Research Scientist / Senior Scientist in the Energy and Construction Solutions unit in Espoo. You can also work flexibly remotely in Finland.

Your tasks are related to the final disposal and long-term safety of nuclear waste, but also to other applications that require expertise in bedrock hydrogeochemistry and hydrogeology. In your role, you will participate in research and project activities related to deep bedrock hydrogeochemistry and rock-related geochemistry as part of a research group or as a project manager. In general, groundwater evolution and rock-water interactions, as well as aspects related to hydrogeological and biogeochemical issues, are your key research themes. One of the priorities is to understand the processes that affect the amount and chemical composition of deep bedrock groundwater in a changing climate. Gases dissolved in groundwater are also covered by the studies.

The emphasis and responsibilities of the tasks can be adjusted according to the capabilities and experience of the person selected. As a research scientist, you are responsible for implementing or managing projects and applying for funding, as well as producing scientific publications for your research work. As a senior scientist your responsibilities include broader tasks in your field, participation in interdisciplinary research, and supervising research work and projects. Depending on your abilities, your responsibilities include scientific publishing and customer reporting, as well as working in national and international networks and projects.

You will join an active and innovative group of about 10 people. With us, you will be able to participate in research work and projects in an internationally significant field and thereby promote safe disposal operations, in which Finland has a leading position.

What we expect

  • You have a master's degree in geology or other field suitable for the position.
  • You are familiar with
    • hydrogeochemical and/or hydrogeological research of groundwater in bedrock,
    • geochemical and isotopic geochemical methods; and
    • the geology of crystalline bedrock.
  • You have good written and oral English skills.
  • You are able to work on paid and co-financed projects in both domestic and foreign projects as part of a working group and as a project manager.
  • You have good collaborative skills and an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to research and development.
  • You have the readiness and ability to work in the field and, if necessary, to travel abroad.

We appreciate

  • A PhD degree in a field suitable for the position
  • Experience in bedrock water and gas sampling techniques
  • Expertise in mineralogy
  • Experience in geochemical modeling

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 wide range of activities that support wellbeing at work. In addition, we offer central government holiday benefits and modern and multi-location work, including flexible working hours and remote work opportunities. We offer relocation services (eg. help with permits and settling in) for employees moving to Finland from abroad. Find out more about us:

Information about pay

Salary for the position is determined according to difficulty class 9 (research scientist) or 10 (senior scientist) and the competence of the person selected for the position. The total salary at the beginning of employment will be EUR 4003-4853 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 1.8.2022 or by agreement.

The title of Senior Scientist is possible to take into use if the selected candidate has a PhD degree.

For further information, please contact your future supervisor Taina Karvonen, tel. +358 50 348 6501 reachable on 31.3.2022 at 9-15 (EET) or Head of Unit Hannu Lahtinen tel. +358 40 732 2250 reachable on 12.4.2022 at 10-14 and 21.4.2022 at 9-12 (EET).

Please send your application with your motivation letter and CV in English through the latest on 25.4.2022 at 16:15 (EET), using service key 32-493-2022.

The interviews are scheduled to take place in May.

Please note that names of the applicants and the applications with attachments are public.

published: 24 March 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.