The Department of Geosciences and Geography 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.

Institute of Seismology belongs to the Department of the Geosciences and Geography. The Institute performs research, education, continuous Earth monitoring, and helps government and private organisations in their projects requiring seismological expertise. The institute is responsible for seismic monitoring in Finland and for providing seismic waveform and earthquake data products to international seismological datacentres.

Faculty of Science invites application for a permanent position as a


starting from March 2023 or as agreed.

The focus of the position is to lead the seismological observatory practice of the Finnish National Seismic Network and to conduct research in earthquake seismology. The candidate is expected to oversee the modernization of the institute's seismological analysis and to develop and maintain a scalable analysis workflow on the Unix/Linux computing platform in collaboration with the Institute's technical team.

Requirements and eligibility criteria

We seek a motivated team member, who has a PhD degree in seismology or a related field, with demonstrated experience in seismological observatory practice. Skills in coding, project management and science communication are merits.

The appointee must have fluent English skills and proficiency in Finnish. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish, he/she is expected to acquire advanced level skills (CEFR level B2; ) within five years after the appointment. The university will support the appointee in acquiring the necessary Finnish language skills.

Benefits and Salary

We will offer the appointee a career opportunity in a top-level observatory and research environment, and possibilities for international collaboration. The candidate may also contribute to teaching in Geology and Geophysics at the MSc level.

The starting salary of the position will be 4000-5000 euros/month. Permanent positions at the University of Helsinki always start with a six-month trial period. Furthermore, the University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.

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 liveable 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. Please notice more information about working at the University of Helsinki and living in Finland.

How to apply

Please submit your application via Careers at the University of Helsinki:

Please submit your application as a single pdf file, which includes the following documents in English:

  • CV
  • Other relevant documents

The deadline for applications is 10 December 2022.

University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Further information may be obtained:

About the position

  • Director of the Institute of Seismology Timo Tiira, timo.tiira(at)
  • Head of Department Annakaisa Korja, annakaisa.korja(at)

About the recruitment system

  • hr-kumpula(at)

posted: 25 October 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.