Senior Adviser in Research Funding - Position announced on: Sep 5, 2014
Apply at latest on: Sep 26, 2014
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Helsinki has a staff of close to 500. The Faculty´s annual budget is 40 million euros, of which 45% comes from external funding. The Faculty operates in a research-intensive manner and its researchers are involved in several Academy of Finland centres of excellence in research, and the Faculty has four Academy professorships. The number of postgraduate students is approximately 450 (undergraduate students total 1,800), and the Faculty awards some 50 doctorates each year. The Faculty operates at the Viikki Campus in Helsinki as well as the Lahti University Campus and three biological stations (Lammi, Kilpisjärvi and Tvärminne). The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences wishes to provide optimal conditions for high-quality research. This requires success in the acquisition of external funding. The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences invites applications for the position of Senior Adviser in Research Funding
for an open-ended contract. The appointee should take up the position as soon as possible, no later than on 1 January 2015. The employment contract will include a four-month trial period. The grant writer must be an expert in biological and environmental sciences who strives to increase the number and success rate of the Faculty´s applications for research funding. His or her primary task will be to assist in the preparation of large applications for research funding, particularly in calls for application that emphasise the utilisation of research results (e.g., the EU and the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, or Tekes). The grant writer´s duties will include recognising the researchers with the greatest potential in each application round, supporting them in writing the scientific section of their funding applications and, if necessary, writing texts required for the societal utilisation of research and the non-scientific sections of funding applications. The appointee will also organise workshops related to funding application calls and will coordinate the Faculty´s internal mentoring in the above-mentioned processes. He or she will advise and train researchers in finding funding opportunities, writing competitive applications and planning long-term funding strategies. The grant writer will work on the Viikki Campus and collaborate closely with the staff of both the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences and the University´s Research Services. The successful applicant will be able to present solid evidence of competence in applying for research funding and will have excellent oral and written proficiency in English. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have a doctoral degree, preferably in the biological or environmental sciences, or if he or she has a degree from another field, expertise in the biological and environmental sciences. Business expertise will also be considered an asset. We would appreciate a candidate with a sociable personality, the ability to work independently and show initiative, as well as organisational and teamwork skills. Knowledge of Finnish and international funding instruments and the related decision processes will be a further advantage. The salary will be based on level 10 of the requirement level for personnel in other than teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. The total monthly salary will range between 3,613 and 4,801 euros. Applications must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae. Applications addressed to the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, together with the required enclosures, must be emailed to
The deadline for applications is Friday, 26
September 2014 at 15.45 local Helsinki time.
Further information about the position may be obtained from Veli-Pekka
Heiskanen, Head of Faculty Administration, tel. +358 2941 57580,
firstname.lastname@example.org, and Floora Ruokonen, Head of Research
Funding Services, tel. +358 50 311 2534, email@example.com.