The Finnish Museum of Natural History LUOMUS (www.luomus.fi/en) is an independent institute of the University of Helsinki and the national museum in the field of natural history in Finland. The museum’s duties are to amass, maintain and display its collections, and to conduct related research, particularly in the field of species-level biodiversity. The collections serve research, teaching, and public education in biology, geology, and biodiversity, and form part of the international network of natural history repositories. The Finnish Museum of Natural History, established in 1988, has four units: Zoology, Botany, Natural Sciences, and Biodiversity Informatics. The institution has a staff of c. 130, of which 40 work in the Zoology Unit. The entomological collections of the Unit comprise c. 9 million specimens from all over the world. Close to half of the insects are from Finland, and there are extensive collections from e.g. the northern Palearctic region and sub-Saharan Africa. The collections are particularly rich in Coleoptera, Diptera, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera, and Lepidoptera.
The Finnish Museum of Natural History invites applications for two permanent positions of
specialising in the systematics and/or biogeography of insects. For these positions we especially encourage applicants working on Coleoptera, Diptera, Hemiptera, or Hymenoptera. The appointments will begin on 1 June, 2018 or as mutually agreed.
The curators will be part of the Entomology Team of the Zoology Unit (https://www.luomus.fi/en/zoology-unit). The duties of the curators will include independent research in collection- and specimen-based systematics and/or zoogeography, as well as managing, amassing and developing the scientific collections together with the other team members. As experts in the field, the curators will participate in the museum’s tasks related to teaching and societal interaction. The curators are expected to be active in obtaining external funding, forming and leading their own research groups, and supervising students and junior colleagues.
A curator must hold a doctoral degree and have a record of international publications demonstrating competence in research in the field. Experience in working with scientific collections, participation in university teaching and supervision, proven success in obtaining external funding, experience of societal interaction, as well as an inclination to gather knowledge on Finland’s nature and fauna and an inclination to team work are considered further assets.
The official languages of the University of Helsinki are Finnish and Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempt from formal language requirements. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good skills in English.
The salary will be based on levels (5-)6-7 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities (a senior position equivalent to University Lecturer). The salary includes a component based on personal work performance. The starting salary will be 3 300–4 500 euros/month.
Applicants are requested to submit in English, as a single pdf file:
· an application letter
· list of publications
· optionally other documents that demonstrate the applicant’s merits
Applications must be submitted through the University’s electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal. Apply at latest 28 February, 2018.
Further information may be obtained from Unit Director Aino Juslén (aino.juslen(at)helsinki.fi, tel. +358294128600).
Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi(at)helsinki.fi.
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