Tailored opportunities: Doctoral student or Post-doctoral researcher (Climate/Vegetation change and priming effect)- Finland


The Department of Forest Sciences at the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of a DOCTORAL STUDENT OR POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER (climate/vegetation change and priming effect in northern soils)

The full-time position can start in May (or June) 2018. For PhD student position the student is hired until the end of May 2021 (with a possible extension until the end of May 2022). If recruited for the Post-doctoral researcher position, the person is hired until the end of August 2019 with a possible extension. We are hiring a doctoral student/post-doc to do scientific research on the rhizosphere priming effects. The research focuses on the effects of tree species and soil microbial community on this process, and priming effects linked to vegetation changes at the tree-line in Finnish Lappland.

The doctoral student or Post-doctoral researcher will be positioned in the Department of Forest Sciences at the University of Helsinki, but be working in close collaboration with researchers from the University of Oulu and Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE).

The salary for the doctoral candidate position is based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities, and level 5 for Post-doc. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. Depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience, the salary is EUR 2200–2500 per month for PhD student, and 3200-3500 per month for a Post Doc. The appointment starts with a probationary period of six months.


Eligibility for doctoral studies (if applying for a PhD student position)
– M.Sc. or PhD degree in a suitable field (e.g. Soil and Environmental Science, Biology, Forest Ecology, Forest Soil Science)
– Enthusiasm towards scientific research and eagerness to learn
– Good writing and other presentation skills
-Good statistical analysis skills (SPSS, R or Matlab)
– Capability to work both independently and in a research team, in the laboratory and in the field
-Experience in studying soil C and N cycling, for example greenhouse gas flux measurements, enzyme assays, soil organic matter fractionation, decomposition experiments, stable 13C and 15N isotopes in studying soil processes or 14C measurements in studying soil C cycling


Deadline for application is 25 April 2018


The applicants are requested to submit a letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae (as a single pdf file) through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the Apply link. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) please submit your applications through the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is April 25th, 2018.

Further information:
Assistant Professor Kristiina Karhu, Forest Soil Science, Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, tel. +358 50 530 3670, e-mail kristiina.karhu(at)helsinki.fi

In case you need support with the recruitment portal, please contact recruitment(at)helsinki.fi.

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