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Assistant professor/ professor in astronomy at Tuorla Observatory, University of Turku

Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Astronomy or permanent position of Professor of Astronomy is available  at Tuorla Observatory (http://www.astro.utu.fi), University of Turku, Finland. For the tenure track assistant professorship, we seek a highly talented and already merited young researcher. To be qualified for the full professor position, the applicant has to already be at a high international level. A person selected for the post will be responsible for the teaching and research in the field of astrophysics especially high-energy and/or theoretical astrophysics.

Tuorla Observatory is the largest Finnish astronomical institute situated in a suburb of Turku, the oldest city in Finland and less than two hours drive from Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Together with the Finnish Centre of Astronomy with ESO (http://finca.utu.fi) which is based in the observatory’s premises, it hosts about 40 astronomers. The main research directions of the observatory are high energy astrophysics, active galaxies, X-ray binaries, black holes and neutron stars, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts, cosmology, galaxy evolution, solar physics and physics of the solar system.  Researchers of Tuorla Observatory have full access to the major astronomical facilities at the European Southern Observatory and at the Nordic Optical Telescope. The observatory has close ties with Opteon Ltd which constructs optics for telescopes and other instruments. Tuorla Observatory is part of the MAGIC and CTA international gamma-ray observatories.

Application deadline is 2014 October 31. For more information on the application and evaluation procedure, please see


Informal enquiries to Professor Juri Poutanen (Director of Tuorla Observatory) about the position are welcome. Email: juri.poutanen@utu.fi  Tel: +358-2-333 8943