Lecturer in Environmental and Resource Economics
University of Helsinki


The University of Helsinki is the largest university in Finland, which seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. We are one of the best multidisciplinary universities in the world and our community of c. 8 000 employees offers wide ranging career development opportunities in teaching and research as well as in specialist and other support positions.


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.


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 invites applications for the position of

University Lecturer in Environmental and Resource Economics

starting on 1 August 2020 or by mutual agreement.


Focus area of the position is research and teaching of economic valuation and cost-benefit analysis (CBA) methods. In particular, applications of the methods in faculty’s central fields including environmental, natural resource and food related economic issues.


The university lecturer will develop the teaching of economic valuation and CBA methods. This is an essential part of the department’s BSC and MSc programmes (eg AGERE master’s programme). https://www.helsinki.fi/en/admissions/degree-programmes/agricultural-env...



The duties of the University Lecturer include (i.) teaching (including the supervision of theses) at bachelor and master level, in areas at the intersection of environmental, natural resource and food related economic issues, (ii.) research in these areas, and (iii.) administrative tasks. All duties require language competences in both Finnish and English. In order to successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee shall ideally not only have experience in teaching, theses supervision and administration, but also be active in terms of academic research. Success in attracting research grants and/or industry-sponsored projects, and possession of a relevant international networks is an asset.


According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, an appointee to the position of university lecturer 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 applicants for the position of university lecturer attention shall be paid to scientific publications and other research results of academic value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a teaching demonstration.


To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have excellent English language skills. According to the University Decree, university lecturers must also be fluent in the Finnish language. In addition, university lecturers should be proficient in Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in the Finnish or Swedish language may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. Although the languages of instruction are English and Finnish, applicants without Finnish language competence are warmly encouraged to apply. It is however, expected that the appointee will acquire Finnish language skills to teach courses and perform administrative duties within a reasonable time after her/his appointment. Support for language studies is offered.



We offer an interesting opportunity to work in a diverse research environment. At the faculty you will carry out research-based teaching at the highest 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. 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 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 3 360 and 5 000 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 for the position.



Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications in ONE SINGLE PDF file:
- a CV
- a list of publications

and a brief English-language dossier including the following:
- motivation letter for the position in question (max 1 page)
- research and scientific experience (max 3 pages)
- a description of teaching qualifications (max 3 pages)
- involvement in administrative duties
- other activities which the applicant wishes to bring to the attention of the faculty


For more detailed instructions, please see:


Instructions on the description of teaching qualifications:


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


Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal (https://saphr.it.helsinki.fi/irj/portal). The deadline for applications is April 3, 2020.


• Further information about the position is available from Head of Department Marko Lindroos (marko.lindroos(at)helsinki.fi, tel. 02941 58068)

• Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen (mirkka.juntunen(at)helsinki.fi, tel. +358 2941 57583)


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Due date
03.04.2020 23:59 EEST


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