Labor­at­ory En­gin­eer/Senior En­gin­eer, De­part­ment of Chemistry

Helsinki, Finland
Thursday, 13 August 2020
End of advertisement period
Friday, 11 September 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. Some 35,000 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree at the University of Helsinki.

The Department of Chemistry ( at the Faculty of Science carries out research on chemistry and its applications at an international level and provides academic teaching based on high quality research. The has an annual budget of 19 million euros and reports 200 person-years per annum. There are 15 professors at the Department.

The Radiochemistry Unit ( is part of the University of Helsinki's Department of Chemistry. It is the largest University-based radiochemistry research and education facility in Finland, and home to approximately 40 radiochemistry researchers. Our research includes blue skies investigations and applied research that helps to address needs in the nuclear industry, radiopharmacy, environmental science, and analytical chemistry. The Radiochemistry Unit is also a key provider of radiochemistry education and training in Europe.

The Faculty of Science invites applications for the position of
at the Department of Chemistry and its Radiochemistry Unit from October 1st, 2020 onwards or as agreed.

The University of Helsinki Radiochemistry Unit is home to expert research and technical staff, modern radiochemistry laboratories, normal wet chemistry laboratories, an organic chemistry laboratory, extensive sample preparation facilities, an animal lab, a wide range of radiometric analytical equipment, and a cyclotron.

The duties of the Engineer / Senior Engineer include:

  • taking care of radiation safety and regulatory compliance and associated reporting within the Unit, and as needed, within the Department;
  • user support, maintenance, and development of the Unit’s analytical equipment (in particular, radiometric equipment, spectrometers, and the Unit’s cyclotron);
  • teaching nuclear spectrometry and radionuclide production on the Unit’s teaching programme, or assisting in other teaching as directed by the Head of Unit;
  • acting as the contact point for technical issues concerning the premises of the Radiochemistry Unit (e.g. renovations, technical building services etc.);
  • helping manage the workload of the Unit’s other technical staff;
  • induct / train new staff in safety / compliance issues, and nuclear spectrometry / cyclotron operation.


To be successful in the position, the candidate is required to have a strong background in nuclear physics or radiochemistry. Significant hands-on experience in radiometric techniques / nuclear spectrometry is essential, and experience of cyclotron operation and development would be advantageous. Competence to act as radiation safety expert will also be seen as an advantage. The candidate should hold a relevant PhD (for appointment as a senior engineer) or MSc degree, and have extensive scientific / engineering work experience. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate evidence of participating in scientific research in large multidisciplinary teams. The necessary pedagogical skills and experience to teach courses on nuclear spectrometry and radionuclide production are advantageous.

The position requires fluency in English. Knowledge of Finnish and/or Swedish would be considered an asset.

Salary and benefits

The starting salary will be ca. 4100-5000 euros/month (senior engineer), ca. 3550-4000 euros per month (laboratory engineer), with the appointment made depending on the appointee’s qualifications and work experience.

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office ( assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.

How to apply

Applications must have the following enclosures as a single pdf document (in English):

  1. Motivation letter describing the applicant´s motivation for applying and their suitability for the position;
  2. CV and any relevant documents on competence and merits that the applicant wishes to be considered in the selection process.

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link “Apply for the position” job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for applications is September 11th, 2020.

Additional information

Further information can be obtained from Professor Gareth Law ( and Senior Engineer Sami Heikkinen (sami.heikkinen(at)

Due date

11.09.2020 23:59 EEST