Grant-funded researcher

The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. More than 30,000 students are currently pursuing a degree at the University of Helsinki. The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is an expert in the responsible use of renewable natural resources both in Finland and worldwide. The Faculty focuses on the agricultural and forest sciences, food and nutrition, microbiology, as well as on economics and management.

The Future Sustainable Food Systems research group, led by HELSUS Assoc. Prof. Hanna Tuomisto, is seeking


for a three (3) year fixed-term scholarship aiming at doctoral dissertation. The research scholar will join a project that estimates environmental impacts of cultured meat by using consequential life cycle assessment.

Cultured meat (i.e. in vitro meat, artificial meat or laboratory-grown meat) is produced by cultivating animal cells in a nutrition medium by using tissue-engineering technologies. The technologies are still at research stage. A few studies have provided preliminary estimates of the environmental impacts of cultured meat, but further research is needed.

This project will develop consequential life cycle assessment methods for comparing environmental impacts of cultured meat with livestock meat and plant based meat substitutes. The method considers the wider consequential environmental impacts that are not taken into account in the commonly used environmental assessments. These include the consequences in the land use change, energy generation and production of other commodities that occur as result of implementing changes in a system.  

The grant-funded researcher have to hold a relevant master degree (e.g. in environmental sciences, engineering, agriculture or economics) and have good English language skills. The selected person is required to apply for the right for doctoral studies from the University of Helsinki within six (6) months after starting as a grant-funded researcher unless they already have the right for doctoral studies.

The grant is € 2000 / month. The applicants should read the documentation related to the pension and insurance as these will affect the net amount of the grant. The University will provide working space in Helsinki. 

The application consists of the following documents in a single pdf-file:

  1. A cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for research work (up to 2 pages)
  2. Curriculum vitae showing the applicant's education, completed qualifications, work experience and possible list of publications (up to 3 pages)

Send the cover letter and the CV to by 15 Dec 2018 at 23.59.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor Hanna Tuomisto,

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