University of Turku

1-2 University researcher positions in Digital Waters Flagship

2024-06-17 (Europe/Helsinki)
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The Faculty of Science, Department of Geography and Geology, at the University of Turku invites applications for contract-based, fixed term university researcher positions for 4 years. Employment starts on as agreed during year 2024.

The positions are located within the flagship research project "Digital Waters" at the Department of Geography and Geology, Home -

Job description

The selected candidates will:

• Conducts and guides scientific research: It is expected that the candidate will collaborate within research group and acquire domestic and international research funding.

• Provides research-based teaching: Additionally, the candidate is expected to actively participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching and contribute to their development.

• Supervise or co-supervise theses at all academic levels.

• Keeps abreast of scientific developments.

• Engages in societal interaction and international cooperation in their field.

The positions encompass hydroinformatics, fluvial geomorphology, big data analyses and statistics in hydrology, with a primary focus on new digital measurement methods and their application in digital twin of river basin.The selected candidates will supervise PhD researchers and MSc students and provide teaching, particularly in the flagship doctoral pilot (comprising 60 doctoral researchers in the consortium, with 16 doctoral researchers at the University of Turku) and engage in international cutting-edge research as part of the Digital Waters research community.

Who we are looking for


We are seeking a highly motivated person with:

  • PhD degree and 4-6 years postdoctoral research in geography, geology, water engineering, forestry or a relevant subject.
  • proficiency in fluvial geomorphology, biogeography, geoinformatics, big data analyses, statistics or remote sensing
  • R command line with a merit in learning other programming languages such as Python (merit).
  • Fieldwork and field measuring skills are a valuable asset but not mandatory.

Additionally, the selected candidates are expected to be proficient in fluvial geomorphology, biogeography, geoinformatics, big data analyses, statistics or remote sensing as part of hydrological research and societal applications. Research achievements, especially in these areas, demonstrated through publications, are highly valued. The applicants are expected to have good writing and communication skills in English. Finnish language skills are an advantage.

We value equality and diversity in our work community and encourage qualified applicants, regardless of background, to apply for our open positions.



We offer you responsible and interesting tasks and the opportunity to develop your professional skills in a versatile operating environment. You get a professional and inspiring team to support your work. We take care of your well-being at work and the functionality of your everyday life, e.g. with the help of flexible working hours and our well-being services.

Please read more about University of Turku as an employee from our Come work with us! pages.

The European Commission has awarded the University of Turku the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo. The logo is a token of the University's commitment to continuous development of the position and working conditions of researchers according to the guidelines set forth in the European Charter for Researchers. 

The university offers good support and orientation for international hires. Please learn more about the Finnish culture and relocation to Finland:

Salary and trial period

The salary is determined in accordance with the university salary system for teaching and research personnel. The job requirement level of the position is 6 – 7 (3747,44-4320,23€).  In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance is paid. Salary, based on previous experience and skills, is approximately 4100 - 4700 euros/month at the beginning of the assignment.

The position has a trial period of six months.

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is Monday 17.6.2024 at 16.00 (EEST GMT+3 / at 13:00 UTC). The application period has been extended until 17.6.2024 (30.5.2024)

Please include the following information and documents (in English) with your application:

  • Motivation letter, explaining qualifications and interest for this position (max. 1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae, including the contact details of 2 reference persons (max. 2 pages)
  • List of publications
  • Copy of PhD degree certificate
  • other documents that may influence the filling of the position.

We reserve the right for justified reasons to leave the position open and to extend the application period if needed.

Further information

For further information about the position, please contact: professor Petter Alho,

With questions about the application process, please contact: HR-specialist Kaisa Ketomäki, kaisa.ketomaki(at)

Department of Geography and Geology

The Department of Geography and Geology is an active and versatile unit which studies the Earth and its dynamic natural and anthropogenic phenomena. We conduct research on several continents and our international collaboration is diverse. We use modern research methodologies and state-of-the-art equipment both in the field and in the laboratory.

In the Faculty of Science, we seek the truth and develop solutions for sustainable future and intelligent society. Science Fiction becomes reality.

The University of Turku is an inspiring and international academic community of 25,000 students and staff in Southwest Finland. We build a sustainable future with multidisciplinary research, education, and collaboration. With us, your work will have a significant impact and relevance in the changing world.

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Information for the applicant

The application form cannot be saved as a draft. However, after submitting you can return to edit your application via the link you receive by email. The application can be edited until the application deadline.

You have 6 hours to complete your application before the timeout.

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Dettagli del lavoro

1-2 University researcher positions in Digital Waters Flagship
Datore di lavoro
Vesilinnantie 5 Turku, Finlandia
Scadenza candidatura
2024-06-17 16:00 (Europe/Helsinki)
2024-06-17 15:00 (CET)
Tipo di lavoro
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