Grant Writer

Updated: 3 months ago

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with over 12 000 students, and 4000 employees, of whom close to 400 are professors. Our campus is located in Espoo, Otaniemi.

Aalto University’s Research Services provide services to develop the university’s multidisciplinary research and artistic activities. The Vice President for Research leads the unit.

We are looking for a


to join our talented team of research funding specialists. The Pre-award team’s role is to increase the possibilities to secure external research funding for Aalto University’s researchers.

The job position is a substitution, and therefore temporary for the period 1.6.2022–31.12.2024 (starting date negotiable). However, this post offers an excellent chance to get acquainted with the grant writing services at Aalto University. Besides, you will be in a favourable position if a permanent placement opens in our team.

Your role in the team

As a Grant Writer, your role is to participate in preparing and writing research funding proposals in collaboration with the researcher or research group applying for funding. The grant writing service especially targets proposals to major national funding agencies and the EU framework programme. However, handling other proposals is not uncommon.

Other duties include, for instance, finding and publicizing suitable funding opportunities, advising researchers in aspects related to funding applications, contacting the funding bodies, seeking the necessary approvals and/or signatures to proposal documents and providing training on funding-related topics.

You will be responsible independently for the grant writing service to proposals and researches assigned to you. However, you will receive support from the other research funding experts in the team.

For this position, we require a doctoral degree in one of Aalto University’s research areas (or close to) and fluent spoken and written knowledge of the English language.

In addition, other preferred skills, knowledge, and abilities are:

  • good knowledge of major funding instruments
  • experience in successful funding proposals
  • fluent spoken and written knowledge of the Finnish language

Besides, we value:

  • self-initiative and pro-active behaviour
  • ability to cooperate and high motivation in challenging customer service duties
  • enthusiasm in editing and writing texts

We offer an exciting and diverse opportunity in our motivated and efficient team, with great colleagues and possibilities for professional growth. In addition, we also offer strong support from Aalto University’s Research Services.


For more information about this position, please contact the Head of Pre-award Services Claudia Dell’Era, , available by phone at 050 441 1407 on Friday 1st April and 8th April from 2 to 4 pm and on Wednesday 13th April from 9 to 11 am.

Please send your application (complete with your CV and a motivation letter) via our recruitment system by 20th April 2022.

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