Postdoctoral Researcher, Finnish Museum of Natural History

Helsinki, Finland
08 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
24 Aug 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Finnish Museum of Natural History, Zoology Unit, invites applications for a position of


The postdoctoral researcher to be employed is expected to work on projects in insect systematics, and the work may be connected to species delimitation, trait evolution, or biogeography. The work should utilise collections and we especially encourage projects that include integrative methods, utilising for instance molecular systematics, artificial intelligence, with demonstrated or planned interest on museomics. The other duties typically include teaching, applying for external funds, student supervision, and collection responsibilities. The work should be related to that carried out by at least one of the PIs of the Unit (to be indicated in the application).

The assignment starts in January 2023 and will continue for two years, and includes an option for a 2-year contract extension after the initial period.

We are looking for an individual who is highly motivated and can work both independently and in a team, and who is willing to contribute to the capacity building and peer support of molecular methodologies in phylogenetics, phylogenomics and museomics in the Zoology Unit. A successful candidate should have a demonstrated track record in research and experience in modern research methods. A strong candidate is expected to have a capacity to face intellectual challenges, and willingness to learn new skills and to explore new intellectual territories. The working language will be Finnish or English.

The salary will be based on level five of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish Universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance (total gross salary will be approximately 3400–3900 EUR per month).

The application should include: (i) cover letter with contact details, and statement on motivation for applying for this position (maximum length one page), (ii) CV (maximum length two pages), (iii) list of publications, (iv) research plan (maximum length two pages) and (v) contact information of two supporting persons, who have agreed to provide a written statement on behalf of the applicant if asked.

Please submit your application, together with attachments, through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply now. If you need technical support with the recruitment system, please contact

Further information on the position is given by Unit Director Pasi Sihvonen ( For more information on Luomus, please see:

Apply at the latest on 24 August, 2022.

The Finnish Museum of Natural History LUOMUS ( 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 has four units: Botany, Zoology, Natural Sciences, and Biodiversity Informatics. The Zoology Unit has a staff of about 60 persons, including both permanent and temporary employees.

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