Updated: 11 April 2018

COMPLETE Project Researcher

The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) is an intergovernmental organization (Denmark, Estonia, the European Union, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden) with its headquarters (Secretariat) in Helsinki, Finland, working to protect the marine environment of the Baltic Sea.

At present there are 30 staff members at the HELCOM Secretariat and the working language is English. We offer an open, friendly and energetic, at times even hectic, working environment that challenges everyone to contribute their best to our common goals. For more information about HELCOM, please visit our home page:


Based on the 1992 Helsinki Convention as well as later HELCOM decisions, including the 2007 BSAP, HELCOM has a dedicated working group to prevent any pollution from ships – including deliberate operational discharges as well as accidental pollution (HELCOM MARITIME), originally established in 2002, involves authorities of all Baltic Sea states and the EU as well as interest groups for regional negotiations on maritime activities.

The Joint HELCOM/OSPAR Task Group on Ballast Water Management Convention Exemptions (HELCOM/OSPAR TG BALLAST) is working since 2013 on developing a common framework on the specific issue of exemptions for the Ballast Water Management Convention (2004), both for the Baltic Sea (managed by HELCOM) and the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR) regions. The Task Group reports back to HELCOM MARITIME within HELCOM and EIHA Committee within OSPAR. 


HELCOM is engaged as a partner in a three year (1 October 2017 – 30 September 2020) EU INTERREG Baltic Sea Region project initiative “Completing management options in the Baltic Sea Region to reduce of invasive species introduction via shipping” (COMPLETE).

Further information in document 8-1 from HELCOM HELCOM/OSPAR TG BALLAST 8-2017 as well as in the outcome document of the meeting.

HELCOM is the lead of the activity aiming at producing an advanced risk assessment tool under the HELCOM-OSPAR Joint Harmonised Procedure. Additionally, HELCOM will be involved in the following activities:

  • Integrated monitoring system of non-indigenous species introductions by shipping and other vectors;

  • Target species selection criteria and risk assessments;

  • Information system on non-indigenous species and harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens;

  • Engaging stakeholders into development and use of project products;

  • Roadmap proposal for harmonized biofouling management in the Baltic Sea Region.

COMPLETE Project Researcher

We are currently in search of an experienced professional and enthusiastic person to strengthen our team at the international HELCOM Secretariat in Helsinki, Finland, as COMPLETE project researcher.

The appointment is planned to be full time preferably already from 1 June 2018 until the end of the initiative in September 2020. However, part-time employment can also be considered. The monthly salary is 2800€ per month. Please note, that the salaries paid by the Commission are exempt from Finnish income tax.

The tasks will be carried out independently. The project researcher will cooperate with the Professional Staff involved, who will provide comments and general guidance on the overall HELCOM framework. 


  • Review and further develop the risk assessment, update the target species list and selection criteria under the HELCOM-OSPAR Joint Harmonised Procedure (JHP), in cooperation with other project partners;

  • Contribute to the work on the recommendations for HELCOM manual on NIS monitoring to be drafted within the project ensuring that they are aligned with HELCOM needs;

  • Oversee the further development, in cooperation with the Klaipeda University, the AquaNIS database for the specific purposes of risk assessment for ballast water management exemptions (e.g. development of a new functional module in AquaNIS for the output of port baseline surveys including data on species occurrence, abundance and environmental conditions in ports; it will include target species lists prepared worldwide based on administrative decisions regarding exemptions);

  • Follow up on the drafting of the proposal of a roadmap for harmonized biofouling management system in the Baltic Sea Region to ensure that it is aligned with HELCOM needs;

  • Active participation on meeting projects, round tables and conferences. 

We expect that you:

  • Possess great knowledge on non-indigenous species monitoring and ballast water issues in the Baltic Sea region,

  • Possess significant knowledge on biofouling and its link to the introduction of non-indigenous species,

  • Have a minimum of three years’ experience from working in multi-partner international (preferably EU co-financed) projects, including substantial reporting,

  • Have a university degree in a relevant field or corresponding education,

  • Have excellent writing skills in English including experience of editing technical/scientific texts,

  • Are meticulous and result orientated,

  • Have excellent coordination and multitasking skills,

  • Are a team player and have good social skills.

How to apply?

The applicants with required expertise and personal qualities are invited to submit their application (consisting of a CV and a motivation letter) via e-mail to Administrative Officer Riina Kero ( no later than 1 May 2018. Please write “COMPLETE Project Researcher” in the subject field of the message.