University Researcher in Seismology

The University of Helsinki is a multidisciplinary research university that ranks among the best in the world and the top ten among European universities. The university has some 36,000 degree students.

The Department of Geosciences and Geography at the Faculty of Science is the leading research and education unit in its field in Finland. In addition to research in geology, geophysics and geography, research into seismology and official duties in the field of seismology is carried out at the department. The staff at the department numbers some 100. The Institute of Seismology (ISUH; belongs to the Department of Geosciences and Geography. The Institute performs research, education, continuous Earth monitoring, and helps government and private organizations in their projects requiring seismological expertise.

The Faculty of Science invites applications for a permanent position


starting from January 2023 or as agreed.

The focus of the position is to lead the mobile Finnish Seismic Instrument Pool and to conduct research in seismology, preferably using the pool instruments. The pool consists of 1200 short period and 44 broadband instruments ( The position is at the Institute of Seismology, which has a long history of studying the structure and evolution of the Earth's crust using active seismic methods including seismic refraction, reflection and tomography using mobile seismic instruments.

We seek a research scientist to be the head of the pool operations during the construction phase and beyond. The head of the mobile pool is expected to develop the pool's routine functions and management; to support, service, and consult seismic instrument pool projects; to lead and collaborate in national and international externally funded seismic experiments and deployments.

A successful candidate has active research interest in seismic imaging and/or monitoring. He/she has basic knowledge of seismic instrumentation, and experience in designing and leading (dense) array deployments and/or active seismic acquisition campaigns. The candidate is proficient in data processing using community and industry software tools and packages.

We expect a PhD degree in related fields, demonstrated experience in field based seismological research, in seismic data acquisition and processing, in seismological imaging and/or monitoring applications, and in management and international networking. The candidate has good communication skills. The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from all gender identities, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. We will offer the appointee a challenging career opportunity in top-level research, infrastructure development, and possibilities for international collaboration. The candidate may also contribute to MSc teaching in Geology and Geophysics.

Finland is a member of EU, has high quality free schooling (also in English), generous family benefits and healthcare, and was recently ranked as the best country in the world for expat families. Helsinki is in the world's top ten most livable cities. Finland and the Helsinki region possess top expertise in sciences in terms of a vibrant talent pool, leading research, strong support services and functioning collaboration networks. For more information about working at the University of Helsinki and living in Finland, please visit

The starting salary of the position will be ca. 4000-5000 euros/month. Positions at the University of Helsinki always start with a six-month trial period.

How to apply

To apply, please submit a single-file pdf document including your CV and other relevant documents using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System, please see the link on The deadline for applications is 9 November, 2022.

Further information may be obtained

About the position

Professor Gregor Hillers,
Director of the Institute of Seismology Timo Tiira,
Head of Department Annakaisa Korja,

About the recruitment system:

posted: 29 September 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.