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University Lecturer In Sustainable Food Consumption And Business

Helsinki, Finland
Closing date
11 Mar 2024

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry invites applications for the position of UNIVERSITY LECTURER IN SUSTAINABLE FOOD CONSUMPTION AND BUSINESS from 1.8.2024 onwards or as agreed. The permanent position will be located at the Department of Economics and Management.

The university lecturer will strengthen the Department’s teaching and research portfolio in sustainable food consumption and business. We expect the appointee to possess strong expertise in research, teaching and theses supervision in these areas and to support the implementation of the study plans of the Bachelor’s Programme in Environmental and Food Economics (YET) and the Master’s Programme in Food Economy and Consumption (EKM).

The ideal candidate is highly competent in both quantitative and qualitative methods and has a strong interest to work in interdisciplinary teams, and with stakeholders from the private and public sector and NGOs.

To be successful in the position, the candidate should have research and teaching experience in one or several of the following areas (in alphabetical order):

  • business management and/or organization studies
  • circular economy and sustainability transitions
  • consumer societies and cultures of consumption
  • corporate social responsibility and business ethics
  • data analytics; Big data; AI
  • food value chains and sustainable use of natural resources

An ability to link these areas of expertise with the agri-food sector is an asset. The appointee is expected to contribute to the teaching and development of the curriculum in the Bachelor’s Programme in Environmental and Food Economics and the Master’s Programme in Food Economy and Consumption.


The appointee to the position shall hold an applicable doctoral degree and be able to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations. When assessing the qualifications of the applicants, attention shall be paid to scientific publications and other scientific merits, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning materials, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a teaching demonstration. 

According to the Government Decree on Universities, university lecturers must be proficient in Finnish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application.  If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish, they are expected to acquire intermediate level skills (CEFR level B2; within five years after the appointment. The University will support the appointee in acquiring the necessary Finnish language skills and time for language studies can be included in annual working plan. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills.


We offer an interesting opportunity to work in a diverse research environment. At the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry you will carry out research-based teaching at the highest education level in the field in Finland and have the opportunity to take part in internationally valued, first-class research activities. The position is also an opportunity to develop your own professional skills in a multidisciplinary work community of the faculty. Your work will be supported by the research and teaching staff of the department and the faculty as well as the administrative and technical staff at Viikki campus. the University of Helsinki has a university lecturer's career model in use

The salary will be based on levels 5-7 of the requirements 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. Monthly gross salary for a university lecturer varies between 3 410 and 5 500 euros depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. Occupational health care services and standard Finnish pension benefits are provided for University employees. There is a six-month trial period in the position.


Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications in ONE SINGLE PDF file the following (in English):

  1. Motivation letter for the position in question (max 1 page)
  2. A curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. A numbered list of scientific and other publications (please use the Ministry of Education and Culture classification of publication types:;registryCode=research;schemeCode=Julkaisutyyppiluokitus
  4. Research and scientific activities (max 3 pages)
  5. Involvement in administrative duties
  6. Other activities which you wish to bring to the attention of the faculty.
  7. Please submit the description of your teaching qualifications via a separate e-form at:

General guidelines on application documents:

Applications with the above attachments must be submitted in a single PDF file, which is named: liiketoimintayol_lastname_firstname. Other attachments are not required. 

External applicants, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply Now button.

Applicants who have a username and a valid employment contract, a grant researcher's contract or a visiting researcher's contract at the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by using the Employee login.

The deadline for applications is 11.3.2024 (at 23.59 EET).

The University of Helsinki welcomes applications from representatives of different genders, language and cultural backgrounds, and minorities.


  • Further information about the position is available from Head of Department Professor Marko Lindroos (, tel. 02941 58068)
  • Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen (mirkka.juntunen(at), tel. +358 2941 57583)


The Department of Economics and Management conducts high-quality research and teaching, involving the application of economics, management, marketing and consumption theory, methods and

perspectives to address issues associated with the goods and services from our terrestrial and aquatic environments: agricultural areas, food systems, forests and aquatic environments. The department has several international research groups. The department hosts the M.Sc. programme “Agricultural,

Environmental and Resource Economics” and the M.Sc. programme “Food economy and consumption (website in Finnish)” and the B.Sc. programme “Environmental and Food Economics”. Our researchers also participate in the teaching and development of doctoral programmes. The Department is also a part of Helsinki Graduate School of Economics (HGSE).

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is located on the Viikki campus. The mission of the faculty is to promote the sustainable use of renewable natural resources through scientific research and research-based teaching. We focus on agricultural and forest sciences, food and nutrition, microbiology, as well as on economics and management. We cover the full natural resource chain from farm to fork, the entire field of forest sciences from soil chemistry to marketing, as well as the environmental effects of related activities. Graduates from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry are versatile experts in biosciences and business, able to meet the needs of both the business sector and society at large.


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