The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) is a government and research organization providing national weather and climate services, with extensive research activities in atmospheric sciences including numerical weather prediction, air quality and climate change; marine research; polar research; and space research. There are currently 360 members of research staff at FMI; 30 professors, and more than 150 Ph.D. level scientists.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) seeks talented and motivated academics who have completed their doctoral degree within the last ten years, and have since accrued academic and other relevant qualifications. FMI has introduced a tenure track programme for service and research personnel to provide consistent, competitive and attractive career paths.

Successful applicants will be employed as tenure track professors, and they have permanent senior researcher positions. The duration of the initial tenure track professor’s employment contract is three years. Continuation on a second fixed-term tenure track professor’s contract depends on successful fulfilment of predefined criteria; after which a permanent position as research professor may be offered. Academic qualifications and experience will be considered. Additional merit will be given for demonstrating the ability to acquire research funding, utilization of research in service development, working abroad, and international exposure.

FMI will allocate these four tenure track positions to areas which are of strategic importance for the future success of the institute. Applicants are expected to have a significant contribution to one of these essential areas.

Qualifications POSITION 1: Tenure Track Professor, Regional climate modelling

The tenure track professor is expected to take a leading position in FMI’s research on regional climate modelling and model development, essentially within the European Harmonie-Climate consortium.

Qualifications – candidates must have

  • Doctoral degree in an appropriate field

  • High-level or promising scientific and other merits within the field of the open position

  • Proven ability to acquire external research funding

Other desirable qualifications are

  • Experience in supervising early-career researchers

  • Experience in transferring scientific knowledge into societal decision making

  • Keen interest and demonstrated ability to communicate research results in different media and to different stakeholders

POSITION 2: Tenure Track Professor, Coastal oceanography

The tenure track professor is expected to take a leading position in FMI’s research on coastal oceanography. For this position, we are looking for a person with a strong background in physical oceanography, numerical modelling or remote sensing. We expect the tenure track professor to utilize the Finnish marine research infrastructure FINMARI’s assets and data for process studies and model developments.

Qualifications – candidates must have

  • Doctoral degree in an appropriate field

  • High-level or promising scientific and other merits within the field of the open position

  • Proven ability to acquire external research funding

Other desirable qualifications are

  • Experience in supervising early career researchers

  • Keen interest and demonstrated ability to communicate research results in different media and to different stakeholders

POSITION 3: Tenure Track Professor, Satellite studies of greenhouse gases

The tenure track professor is expected to take a leading position in FMI’s research on greenhouse gas concentrations and fluxes derived from satellite measurements.

Qualifications – candidates must have

  • Doctoral degree in an appropriate field

  • High-level or promising scientific and other merits within the field of the open position

  • Proven ability to acquire external research funding

Other desirable qualifications are

  • Experience in supervising early career researchers

  • Keen interest and demonstrated ability to communicate research results in different media and to different stakeholders

POSITION 4: Tenure Track Professor, Aerosol and cloud processes

The tenure track professor is expected to take a leading position in FMI’s research on atmospheric aerosol and cloud processes. The expertise of the candidate can be in aerosol physics or chemistry, and we expect the tenure track professor to utilize FMI’s extensive experimental aerosol data either using data analysis methods, process-level modelling, or molecular modelling methods.

Qualifications – candidates must have

  • Doctoral degree in an appropriate field

  • High-level or promising scientific and other merits within the field of the open position

  • Proven ability to acquire external research funding

Other desirable qualifications are

  • Experience in supervising early career researchers

  • Keen interest and demonstrated ability to communicate research results in different media

The positions will be located in Helsinki and the work will begin on 1 January 2022 or as agreed. The position includes a probationary period of 6 months in the beginning. The successful candidate is required to participate in international research, including scientific conferences and research visits abroad.

The total gross salary is between 4,500 eur to 6,000 eur per month, based on the FMI salary system and determined from the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Further information may be obtained from Professor, Chief Scientist Ari Laaksonen, ari.laaksonen@fmi.fi , or tel. +358 40 513 7900.

Applications should be sent by 10 August 2021 at 12 noon (EET) via valtiolle.fi recruiting system https://www.valtiolle.fi/en-US/Vacancy?id=31-121-2021. Applications must include the following, written in English: an application letter, a CV, a list of publications, contact details for one to three reference persons, a summary of previous experience and merits addressing the skills required for the position, and any supplementary material relevant to the application. In addition, applicants are expected to provide a statement (max. two pages, in English) describing how they intend to develop the research in their chosen field, if appointed.