Postdoctoral Researcher in Aquatic Science

University of Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä, Finland 🇫🇮

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science is currently seeking to recruit candidates to the position of


for a fixed-term from April 1, 2023 until September 30, 2025, or as agreed (in total 30 months).

We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher with demonstrated experience in mathematical modelling (preferably of aquatic communities) to join the Academy of Finland research project “How will multiple stressors impact cold-water lake food webs and their salmonid fishes? (COLDWEBS).

The Postdoctoral Researcher will develop an allometric trophic network (ATN) model for the highly-resolved food web in subarctic Lake Takvatn in northern Norway. Using the developed ATN model, the Postdoctoral Researcher will simulate how community dynamics may respond to ongoing and potential future stressors in high-latitude lakes, such as species’ invasions, fishing and increasing water temperature. Besides ATN model parametrization, simulations and generalization, the Postdoctoral Researcher will write scientific papers based on the simulation results and also contribute to development of a handbook for mitigation measures in Fennoscandian subarctic and alpine lakes subject to various anthropogenic stressors. The Postdoctoral Researcher is also expected to visit collaborators in UiT The Arctic University of Norway and to present the study findings in at least one international scientific conference.    

You are the person we are looking for if you have 

  1. PhD degree (or be about to obtain a PhD degree) and experience in at least one of the following fields: Aquatic Sciences, Ecology, Arctic Biology, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics or Statistics; 
  2. Practical experience or willingness to refine skills in mathematical modelling and/or theoretical ecology; 
  3. Capability of conducting independent research but also collaboration in large international research projects;
  4. Solid skills in English language and scientific writing; and
  5. Experience in data processing and mathematical simulations (using e.g. Matlab or R program).

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. A good command of English is required and a proficiency to teach in English will be considered beneficial. The PhD degree required for the position must have been completed before starting the position.

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

At the University of Jyväskylä, you are a recognized member of our community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. You get to participate in our international and multidisciplinary community where the welfare of each individual is important. At the University of Jyväskylä, we offer a great and lively campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

Finland has a high standard of living, with free schooling (also in English), affordable childcare, good family benefits, and healthcare. Jyväskylä is located in central Finland in the Finnish Lake District having excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The city of Jyväskylä is a major educational center with a large student population and a vibrant cultural atmosphere. For more information regarding the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University’s International Staff Guide.

The annual salary range will be approximately 41,800 – 49,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. 

How to apply?

The application documents that should be included in a PDF format:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity and including contact information of two academics who can provide reference letters
  2. Cover letter including a statement of research interests.
  3. A numbered list of publications
  4. Relevant certificates / diplomas (or date of completion the PhD)

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by December 31, 2022.

For further details, please contact: Senior Researcher/Academy Research Fellow Antti Eloranta,, +358 40 632 9524. 

The research in the Department focuses on three core areas: evolutionary biology, natural resources and environment, and biological nanoscience. The Department building, Ambiotica, is an integral part of the University of Jyväskylä’s Ylistönrinne Mathematics and Science Research Complex, which includes buildings of chemistry, physics and nanoscience. Ambiotica houses high quality laboratories for bioscience and experimental facilities for a wide range of biological and chemical analyses as well as highly motivated laboratory personnel.

The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. JYU’s naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development