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Responsible employer

The University of Turku’s role as an employer is guided by shared values of creativity, openness, ethical principles, critical thinking and strong community.

In our daily activities, we are committed to creating a positive and inclusive work environment with a strong focus on professional development opportunities, meaningful work assignments, good work-life balance, open and high-quality leadership, and a culture that emphasises equality, accessibility and sustainability.

Appreciation and support for researchers

The European Commission has awarded the University of Turku the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo. The logo is a token of the university's commitment to continuous development of the position and working conditions of researchers along the guidelines set forth in the European Charter for Researchers. Read more >

HR excellence in research logo


Inspiring work environment and community

Meaningful work assignments and responsibilities

The University of Turku offers meaningful and inspiring employment opportunities in a community that supports and values professional development. Our working environment is stimulating, supportive and collegial. 

We offer excellent conditions for ground-breaking interdisciplinary research and making the results available for the benefit of society. Globally competitive innovations and inventions are created from our research, and we are a strong advocate for open science as a way to promote responsible science and the impact of science in society.

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Our strategic research and education profiles

Innovations and entrepreneurship at the University of Turku

Open science and research at the University of Turku

Modern work equipment and facilities

Our research and work environments are high in quality and engaging. We offer our researchers the latest technologies, equipment and materials as well as expert support services. The digital working environment and culture at our University are modern and user-oriented.

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Our research environment

Our research infrastructures

A working culture that emphasises accessibility and equality

The University of Turku is committed to promoting a culture of respect, equality, accessibility and openness. In our daily operations, we emphasise participation and communality. This means that individuals from diverse backgrounds are welcomed and valued, and that everyone has the opportunity to contribute to a positive and collaborative work environment.

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Accessibility at the University of Turku

Equality plan of the University of Turku

A community committed to sustainability

Sustainable development is a cross-cutting theme in the University of Turku strategy. Our objective is to develop an operational culture in which the principles of sustainable development are embedded and realised in our education, research, social interaction and in the everyday everyday activities on our campuses. We are committed to being carbon neutral by the end of 2025 and monitor the realisation of this goal on an annual basis. We have also launched an Action Plan for Sustainable Campus Life which aims to develop everyday life at our campuses in a way that aligns with the principles of sustainable development.

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Sustainable development at the University of Turku

Health and well-being

A work community that invests in well-being

The well-being of our University community is the basis of our success and one of the cornerstones of our strategy.

We ensure well-functioning everyday life for our University community and the well-being of individuals with extensive and accessible services. Our unique Study and Work Well-being Services unit coordinates and develops methods and practices to make the University of Turku the best possible working and studying environment for everybody.

As outlined in our International Programme, services supporting well-being take into consideration the needs of people coming from different cultural backgrounds.

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Strategy 2030 of the University of Turku

International Programme of the University of Turku

Comprehensive occupational health services

The occupational health care services paid by the employer are available for all those employed by the University of Turku regardless of the length or type of their employment.

CampusSport’s broad selection of sports services at a personnel price

CampusSport offers sports services for the students and staff of the higher education institutions in Turku. All employees of the University of Turku are entitled to use the services at a personnel price.

Flexible work arrangements

We support our personnel by offering a variety of flexible work arrangements that support work-life balance and enable employees to work in a way that suits their personal circumstances and needs.

Remote work arrangements allow our employees to work remotely from their home or another location whenever such arrangement is feasible. Flexible working hours enable our employees to plan their work in a way that takes into account both professional and private needs.

In addition, the University of Turku offers part-time work opportunities and leaves of absence for personal or family reasons, such as parental leave. 

Support services and opportunities for professional development

Versatile training and development opportunities

Our University is a learning organisation where everyone can develop their skills. We encourage our personnel to develop their expertise by offering versatile training and competence development possibilities which employees can take advantage of during their working hours. The training possibilities are organized both internally and externally and for example the course offering of Open University is free of charge for our personnel. We also coordinate a mentoring programme for employees who wish to think about their professional development and hone their expertise.  

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Our mentoring programmes

Open University of Turku

Extensive support and professional services

We provide our employees with a wide range of support measures including services such as professional pedagogical and technical expertise, extensive research funding support and comprehensive human resource services. 

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Research funding support at the University of Turku

Appreciation and support for researchers