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CURATOR - The Finnish Museum of Natural History

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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 maintain, augment and display its collections, and to conduct related research and
education. Natural Sciences Unit is a part of LUOMUS and performs research related to geology,
palaeontology and chronological and isotopic methods within a broad operating environment. The
institution has a staff of c. 150, of which 15 work in the Natural Sciences Unit.
The Finnish Museum of Natural History is inviting applications for the permanent position of
specialising in palaeontology. The appointment will begin on 1st of October in 2013, or on a
later date as agreed.
The curator will be part of the Geology Team of the Natural Sciences Unit. The team is
responsible for the mineral, rock, and fossil collections, for participation in the digitising and
data management work related to the collections, for research on geology and
palaeontology, for teaching in its field, and for participation in the geological survey of Finnish
nature. The permanent staff of the team contains two researchers (Curator and Senior
Curator) and a Senior Museum Technician.
The Curator performs independent research in the field of palaeontology. As a part of the
team, the Curator is responsible for the organisation, management, and expanding of the
fossil collections, and for collections-related database work. The Curator participates in the
administrative tasks of the Unit. As an expert in the field, the Curator will participate in
LUOMUS's tasks related to societal interaction. The Curator is expected to be active in
obtaining external funding, and in supervising research students and junior colleagues. The
duties include an annual average teaching load of two ECT credits.
The Curator must hold a doctoral degree in the field of palaeontology and have an
international publication record demonstrating competence in research in the field. In addition
to scientific merits, general knowledge in geology and palaeontology, readiness for
collections-based research and for collections management tasks, activity in obtaining
external funding, teaching and supervising experience, proven success in popularisation of
research, as well as readiness to support research-based exhibitions, capabilities of societal
interaction and good teamwork skills are considered further assets.
The official languages of the University are Finnish and Swedish. Applicants of non-Finnish
origin may be exempt from formal language requirements. Proficiency in English is essential.
The salary will be based on levels 5-7 of the demands level chart for teaching and research
personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities (a senior position equivalent to
University Lecturer). The salary includes a component based on personal work performance.
The position is filled with a 4-month trial period.

Applicants should enclose with their applications a CV and list of publications, or an
academic portfolio containing the same information, and a research plan, as well as any
other documents that demonstrate their merits.
Applications should be addressed to the Director of the Finnish Museum of Natural History -
LUOMUS, and they must be submitted, together with the required enclosures, to the
Registrar of the University of Helsinki,
P.O. BOX 33 (Yliopistonkatu 4),
or by e-mail to The deadline
for applications is 15th May 2013 at 15.45 Finnish time.
Further information about the duties and salary can be obtained from Dr Markku Oinonen,
Director of the Natural Sciences Unit, Finnish Museum of Natural History – LUOMUS, email:
This is an unofficial translation of the official announcement, which can be found at (in Finnish).

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