Vacancy: Research Director

We are looking for an employee for a brand new role of Research Director.

The Research Director plays a pivotal role in research coordination and implementation in  the  Kotka Maritime Research Centre  focusing on the above outlined  research topics of the centre.

The Research Director  will act as a member of the  Executive Board and will work actively with Prof. Pentti Kujala (Aalto University), Prof. Sakari Kuikka (University of Helsinki) and  Prof. Tommi Inkinen  (University of Turku)  and  Research Director Ville Henttu  (South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Science).  An active collaboration with  research teams of universities of the centre is necessary.

The successful candidate will work closely  with  the  KMRC  research  teams  to:

  • plan the interdisciplinary,  applied  research  by  combining  the knowledge  and skills  of  research  teams;
  • identify knowledge  gaps  and  research  priorities;
  • produce competitive  and  relevant  research project  applications  conducting  interdisciplinary,  applied  research;
  • write and  coordinate  joint publications and by this highlight the expertise of KMRC research.

The position is available from September 1, 2018, through August 31, 2020 (24 months). Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is funded through KMRC basic funding and ongoing research projects. Option for continuation could be considered.


The ideal candidate will be someone who:

  • Holds a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., maritime safety, marine environment, logistics and port operations, or a related field), expertise being on assistant or associate professor level;
  • Has interest and experience in conducting interdisciplinary, applied research:
  • Has an interest and ability to  learn  new  research  methods  as  needed  for  attaining  the objectives;
  • Has demonstrated high productivity in producing peer-reviewed publications:
  • Has knowledge of, or strong interest in, following topics (particularly in the Baltic Sea): ship operations and technology, maritime traffic, logistics, and maritime policy making; environmental and safety risks related to maritime traffic, research evaluation;
  • Works well both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. Is able  to  communicate  effectively  with  researchers  in  various  disciplines  and  with  nonacademic members of governments, communities, and the private sector.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae including a list of publications, two to three representative publications, a statement of research interests, and two reference letters by email to Executive Director Anna Kiiski ( with “Research director” as the subject line.

The deadline for applications is the 8th of June, 2018

Please address any inquiries to Executive Director Anna Kiiski, (