University Researcher (Global Ecosystem Change)

University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland
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The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. Some 35,000 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree at the University of Helsinki.

The Department of Geosciences and Geography at the Faculty of Science is an exceptionally diverse unit for academic research and education. Our research interest range from exploring the experiences of minorities in cities, through plate tectonics to how environments change. Geography at the department comprises 15 academic staff (in physical geography/GIS and human geography), around 30 post-doc scholars and Ph.D candidates, and around 450 postgraduate or undergraduate students. The most recent QS rankings for Geography placed Helsinki University 47th overall in the world.

The Department of Geosciences and Geography invites applications for the position of UNIVERSITY RESEARCHER IN GLOBAL ECOSYSTEM CHANGE (2 YEARS)

The position is for a period of 2 years starting from 1st April 2019. The field of the post is physical geography/biogeoscience.

According to the regulations of the University of Helsinki, the appointee to a university researcher position holds a doctoral degree and has evidence of scientific research work as well as the teaching skills necessary for the position. The position requires the ability to coordinate and develop research, and acquire external research funding.

The University Researcher will work closely with the projects of the BioGeoClimate Modelling Lab led by Professor Miska Luoto, particularly coordinating and developing of research in global ecosystem dynamics, their drivers and the main implications under contemporary climate change. The University Researcher is involved in applying for national and international research funding, and will be collaborating with other research teams and international networks, and participate in teaching and supervising MSc and PhD students at the University of Helsinki.

Applicant should have completed a doctoral degree from a relevant field (e.g. geography, remote sensing, data science, ecology). The applicant is expected to have good research coordination skills, proven experience in applying for research funding, and an ability for innovative thinking both individually and within a team. Excellent skills in spoken and written English are required.

According to the Government Decree on Universities, university researchers are required to be proficient in Finnish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. The salary is based on the salary system of Finnish universities. The salary range is from 4000 – 4500 euros per month.

Applications must have the following enclosures as a joint pdf document (in English):

  1. an academic portfolio approved by the Faculty (as set out at
  2. a list of those publications (or a full publication list) and other relevant documents on competence and merits that the applicant wishes to be taken into account in the selection process.

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for the applications is 1 March 2019.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Miska Luoto,
tel+358-44 2727 327, miska.luoto(at)
BioGeoClimate Modelling Lab: