Postdoctoral Researcher in Geochemical and Thermodynamic Modeling of Igneous Processes University of Helsinki, Faculty of Science Finland



The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The Faculty of Science situated at the Kumpula Campus is the largest hub of scientific expertise in the Nordic countries. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.



The Department of Geosciences and Geography at the Faculty of Science is an exceptionally diverse unit for academic research and education. Our research interest range from exploring the experiences of minorities in cities, through plate tectonics to how environments have changed since life began. The common denominator of the research at the Department is our planet Earth, from its core to the structures of its surface. The Institute of Seismology, which is a part of the Department, carries out international responsibilities in connection to monitoring seismic activities and the ban on nuclear tests.



The Faculty of Science invites applications for





Subject: Geochemical and thermodynamic modeling of igneous processes
Period: 1st of September 2018 – 30th of August 2019 (one year)
Project: Partial melting processes in the contact zones of layered intrusions (



The successful candidate with PhD in geosciences will be working in the Academy of Finland –funded project “Partial melting processes in the contact zones of layered intrusions”. We invite applications from candidates with a background in igneous petrology, geochemistry, and/or thermodynamics, and consider experience in computational modeling, Apple operating systems, and programming languages as an advantage.



The focus of the position is to use thermodynamic and geochemical modeling to understand the evolution of (mafic) igneous systems. During the project, the successful candidate will learn to master one of the most significant recent advancements in computational modeling of igneous petrology: The Magma Chamber Simulator (MCS; Learning to master this tool will give the candidate a strong advantage to pursue a more advanced career in geosciences.



Because of the rather short hiring period, we expect the successful candidate to have a dataset (from PhD or other projects) that could directly be modeled using MCS. As the main project explores the petrology of mafic intrusions, we prioritize research plans on such, although we also welcome well-justified applications with a different approach (e.g., modeling of felsic intrusions or volcanic systems).



Application should include:

1. CV (including educational history and list of publications, otherwise free-form)
2. 500–1000-word research plan on how the applicant plans to use the Magma Chamber Simulator
3. Description and source of the data available for modeling



Please apply 30th of April 2018 at latest, evaluation of applications starts immediately on the next day. The appointment will be for one year with an initial salary of ca. 3500 € per month, starting at 1st of September 2018. In addition, we strongly encourage candidates to consider submitting a further MCS-related application to the Academy of Finland in the September 2018 call for a 3-year postdoctoral position.



To apply, please submit a single-file pdf document including items listed above and the names and contact information of at least two referees. Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply link. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.



The final deadline for applications is 30th of April 2018.



Additional information:

- Project webpage:
- Academy Research Fellow and the PI of the project, Dr. Jussi S. Heinonen (jussi.s.heinonen(at)
- Regarding technical issues or other questions related to the application system, please contact HR specialist Laura Karppinen (laura.karppinen(at)



Due date

30.04.2018 23:59 EEST

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