Grant Coach

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Helsinki, Finland
12 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Funding Services at Research Services invites applications for a position of a GRANT COACH until further notice.

The grant coach advises researchers on the acquisition of competitive research funding, participates in the preparation of applications and supports researchers in collaborating with each other and with external partners when applying for funding. He/she focuses on assisting in the preparation of selected significant and competitive applications by commenting on the applications. In addition, the grant coach supports research groups in planning related to external funding, liaises with research funders, participates in the organisation of trainings and also takes care of other duties in Research Services, as agreed.

The position is located at the sector of Research Services, which provides customer-oriented services that support the research of a high international standard conducted at the University of Helsinki, its researcher education, preconditions for research, as well as the impact and applicability of research.

The Grant Coach will be responsible for supporting researchers mainly at the Faculties and institutes located at the Meilahti and Viikki campuses of the university.

About You

You have strong interpersonal skills, presentation and writing skills, the ability to work independently and show individual initiative in a precise and systematic way, occasionally also under time pressure. You are able to lead yourself in a goal-oriented manner and you have a solution-focused attitude towards service. The selected grant coach must have a doctoral degree and experience in biosciences.

Applicants best able to complete the duties of the position will have experience in applying for research funding and in research administration, and interest in understanding research outside of your own field. You are able to analyse text against the research funders’ criteria. In addition, we value extensive knowledge of universities and research funders, experience in administrative and service positions, good IT skills and the ability to work in an international environment. You communicate with excellent oral and written proficiency in English. Proficiency in Finnish will be considered an asset.

The job is well suited to a person who is interested in working at the interface of research and research services and developing services supporting research.

Why working with us?

The appointee will be offered the opportunity to work with the support of an inspiring team with an excellent team spirit. Your work will have an impact on enabling the researchers at the university to do high-level research for a better future. The well-being of the employees is important to us and we take care of it by offering flexible working hours, occupational health care and excellent sport facilities. In your work, you will be supported by the competent and diverse team of experts at the research services, as well as the whole community of university services.


Applications must be submitted through the University’s electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below at latest 30.9.2020. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal.

The selected grant coach will be employed as soon as possible with a six-month trial period for the position.
The starting salary will be 4200-4500 euros/month depending on the appointee’s qualifications and work experience.

Further information about the position may be obtained from Head of Research Funding Services Jukka Reivinen, +358 50 431 6973 (not available 18.9.-30.9.) or Grant Coach Katja Ritari +358 50 556 0332.


Due date

30.09.2020 23:59 EEST

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