Description of job and tasks involved
I have been working at the Research Services’ legal team for about 15 months. In short, the legal team deals with all legal issues but HR and (public) procurements, the emphasis being on research related issues.
During my work experience I have acquainted myself with the basics of different aspects of law dealing with research. The main focus has been on drafting, commenting and negotiating grant agreements, consortium agreements and partnership agreements. Major part of my word assignments are related to European Commission’s framework programmes and nationally funded research projects.
Having relatively short experience on legal issues dealing with research I do not consider myself to be an expert on externally funded projects. However, I am willing to deepen my existing knowhow and to improve my knowledge in order to become an expert on administering different types of research projects. Further, I am willing to share my experience so far and to create networks for the purpose of being able to tackle the common issues and problems on a constant basis together.
Experience in European research projects
The University of Turku, established in 1920, has 7 faculties and 11 independent units. There are over 20,000 students and 3,300 staff members. The University of Turku is an internationally competitive university, the operation of which is based on high-quality multidisciplinary research. The University promotes free research and academic education and provides higher education based on research. The University is part of the international academic community and works in collaboration with society.
The Research Services of the University of Turku is a centralized expert unit offering support services both for the University’s researchers and project administrative personnel as well as for the decision makers. The mission of the unit is to increase the volumes of external research funding and to ensure smooth project management and thus support the research activities of the University. The research funding expertise of the unit covers national, EU and other international funding. Research Services is divided into three segments according to the life span of externally funded projects: pre award, negotiation (legal) and post award phases. The personnel includes 14 professionals: research funding specialists, legal counsels and project finance specialists.
- Curriculum Vitae
Master of Laws, University of Turku (thesis in Contract Law) 2009-2010: Associate, Hannes Snellman Attorneys Ltd since 2010: Legal Counsel, University of Turku, Research Services (including two maternity leaves totaling in approximately 2 years and 4 months)