University Lecturer in food chemistry

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 22 Apr 2024

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry invites applications for the position of UNIVERSITY LECTURER IN FOOD CHEMISTRY from 1.1.2025 onwards or as agreed. The permanent position will be located at the Department of Food and Nutrition.

The university lecturer will strengthen the Department’s teaching and research portfolio in food science including food innovation activities. We expect the appointee to possess strong expertise regarding food constituents, their chemical reactions and interactions and analytical methods as well as having knowledge on their biological effects.  The appointee must have necessary pedagogical skills to supervise, teach and develop teaching both in the Bachelor’s and the Master’s Programme in Food Science as well in doctoral training.


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.

Pursuant to the Government Decree on Universities, appointees to teaching and research positions at the University must be proficient in the language in which they provide instruction, i.e., Finnish or Swedish. The language of instruction in the position is Finnish. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must also at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Swedish. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English language 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 Finnish or English:

  • Motivation letter for the position in question (max 1 page)
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A numbered list of scientific and other publications (please use the Ministry of Education and Culture classification of publication types:;registryCode=research;schemeCode=Julkaisutyyppiluokitus
  • Research and scientific activities (max 3 pages)
  • Involvement in administrative duties
  • Other activities which you wish to bring to the attention of the faculty.
  • 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:

    elintarvikekemiayol_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 22.4.2024 (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 Marina Heinonen ([email protected], tel. 02941 58224)

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


    The Department of Food and Nutrition is a one of the six departments  of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The Department employs about 140 people including 25 teaching positions.  We address the challenges of food system sustainability by researching and developing food ingredients and production methods that support the transition to a healthier and more sustainable diet. In our changing society, the need for research-based knowledge on food, diets and their health effects as well as the special needs of different consumer groups is growing. Food innovation activities are part of our teaching and research.The department hosts both the BSc and MSc programmes “Food Science” and the MSc programme “Human Nutrition and Food Related Behaviour”.

    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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