Doc­toral Stu­dent, Finnish In­sti­tute for Veri­fic­a­tion of the Chem­ical Weapons Con­ven­tion

Helsinki, Finland
24 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Helsinki (, founded in 1640, is one of the world's leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. The Department of Chemistry (, located in the Kumpula Science Campus, focuses on research, research based teaching, and social influence through science.

The Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (VERIFIN) is part of the Chemistry Department. The VERIFIN institute ( operates in close contact with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and is the National Authority for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). VERIFIN supports the disarmament of chemical weapons by development of identification methods for chemical warfare agents (CWA) and organizes training courses for chemists in developing countries. The institute is an accredited testing laboratory (T073, ISO/IEC 17025) by the Finnish Accreditation Service (FINAS). VERIFIN is also one of the designated laboratories of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for analysis of environmental and biomedical samples.

VERIFIN invites applications for a DOCTORAL STUDENT

The appointment is for three years, starting in January-February 2021, with a six-month trial period, under the mentorship of Professor Paula Vanninen, in the WARTOX project (Chemical Warfare Agents in the Baltic Sea: biodegradation, metabolism and toxicity) funded by the Academy of Finland.

The selected doctoral student will work in a multidisciplinary team, planning, developing and testing methodology for analysis of environmental and biological samples related to research of sea-dumped chemical munitions. The biotransformation products are identified by using sophisticated structure elucidation methods in sediments and aquatic organisms. Fish cell line assays will be used to study cytotoxicity and cellular metabolism.


We are seeking a candidate with a Master’s degree, preferably in analytical or synthetic chemistry. Previous experience in chromatography, mass spectrometry, and/or sample preparation of environmental and/or biological matrices is considered an advantage. Previous experience in laboratory work is required. The successful candidate will have a good command of spoken and written English, and a capability to multitask and meet research schedules.

The appointee must either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment, or apply for the right and obtain it within the probationary period of 6 months applied in the appointment. If the appointee does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, the appointee must apply for it separately after being selected for the position,

Salary and benefits

The salary will be in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel, level 2). In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary will be approximately 2300-2600 €/month.

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.


The application should include a motivation letter (max. 1 page) and a complete CV with:

  • Education/Degrees obtained (preferably accompanied by a copy of the latest diploma)
  • Prior work/research experience and list of publications
  • Other relevant information to demonstrate qualifications of the applicant
  • Recommendation letter(s) or contact information of one or more references

The above-mentioned attachments must be submitted as a single pdf file.

Submit your application with its attachments through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the “Apply for the position” button below.

The closing date for applications is December 18th, 2020.

Further information

Enquiries about the position should be addressed to Professor Paula Vanninen (

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Due date

18.12.2020 23:59 EET