Outi Oila, DSc(Tech), is a science adviser at the Academy of Finland’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Unit.
“I received my doctorate in chemistry, but I’d never really planned on becoming a researcher. Instead, I wanted to work in administration. As a science adviser at the Academy, my job involves presenting matters concerning Academy Projects for decision and heading teams for presentations and calls. I also do some communications work for my unit. Of the unit’s scientific disciplines, I’m responsible for chemistry. We usually have a great number of chemistry panels in connection with the Academy’s funding calls.”
“My job demands accuracy, teamwork ability and methodology. It also requires multitasking, managing many things at the same time. In addition, my work involves participating in international working groups and, for example, travelling to Brussels on EU-related assignments a few times a year.”
“The Academy of Finland is a good and respected employer that, in today’s jobs market, offers relatively secure employment. What I like best about my job is that I get to use my organisational skills and work independently. I also like the teamwork involved, and our unit has a good atmosphere. The Academy is overall a very flexible employer that takes each staff member’s needs into account. Right now, I work from home one day a week, and six hours a day for the rest of the week. The opportunity to telework is an efficient way of combining work and family life.”