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University Research Fellow position in observational astrophysics

The University of Turku is a world-class multidisciplinary research university which offers interesting challenges and a unique vantage point to national and international research and education.

Tuorla Observatory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of mathematics and natural sciences announces a University Research Fellow position in observational astrophysics. The position is permanent and filled starting from 1.8.2017 or another date to be agreed upon.

Job description

We seek individuals whose research will strengthen the current research activities in the priority areas of Tuorla Observatory that include supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, neutron stars and both stellar mass and supermassive black holes. The researcher is expected to participate in teaching of the basic- and advanced-level courses in both astronomy and physics as well as to supervise undergraduate and graduate students.


Candidates applying for the post of university research fellow should have a PhD in astronomy or physics or a related field, a proven record of scientific research in observational astrophysics and necessary teaching skills. Experience of using international large observing facilities such as the ones offered by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and/or the European Space Agency (ESA) is an advantage.In addition, the ability to obtain supplementary research funding is required. When assessing the merits of the applicants, special emphasis will be put on international research activities and evidence of international collaboration.

The qualification requirements of the position are written in the University of Turku rules of procedure.

Salary and contract

The salary is determined in accordance with the university salary system for teaching and research personnel. For university research fellow the salary will be based on levels 5-7 on the job demands chart, where the task specific salary component is 2.865,30-3.851,33 euros per month. In addition, a personal work performance component will be paid.  The personal work performance component is a maximum of 46.3 % of the task specific salary component.

There is a trial period of four months.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted by 31.3.2017 at the latest via the electronic application form of the University of Turku. The link to the electronic application system is at the announcement which can be found from

Application should consists of

More information

For further information on the available position, please, contact the Director of Tuorla Observatory, professor Juri Poutanen (juri.poutanen(a), tel. +358 400 640684) or Professor of Astronomy Seppo Mattila (seppo.mattila(a), tel. +358 2 333 8299) or the Head of Department, professor Petriina Paturi (petriina.paturi(a), tel. +358 2 333 5676).

For information about the application process, please, contact administrative coordinator Sanna Ranto (sanna.ranto(a), +358 2 333 5646).

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Tuorla Observatory is a part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Turku. Tuorla Observatory, together with the Finnish Centre for Astronomy with ESO in the same premises, make the largest Finnish astronomical institute which hosts three professors, about 20 other teaching and research staff members and a number of PhD students. The current research directions of the observatory are high-energy astrophysics, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts, black holes and neutron stars, X-ray binaries, active galaxies, large scale structure, and physics of the solar system. The staff of Tuorla Observatory is international as are many of its PhD students. (

The Department of Physics and Astronomy ( is a work community of about 100 people. The focus fields of research at the department are materials research, theoretical quantum physics and astronomy and space physics.