Postdoctoral Researcher / Doctoral Researcher (UEF WATER), Environmental Social Science, especially Responsive and Collaborative Governance in Restoration

University of Eastern Finland (UEF)

Joensuu, Finland 🇫🇮

The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher or Doctoral Researcher position in environmental social science, especially responsive and collaborative governance in restoration. The position will be filled from 1 June 2023 (or starting date as agreed) for two years. Please find more information below and submit your application no later than 13 April 2023.

Role and salary

UEF water research (UEF WATER) brings together researchers and research groups from various fields of science. The aims are to conduct research on a high international level and educate experts for water related fields. Furthermore, we aim to create an open innovation ecosystem, where stakeholders from the university, national research institutes, and water related businesses can meet and establish collaborative networks. By doing this, we aim to increase the impact of water related research and promote the sustainable use of water resources. Please read more about the UEF water research program here.

We are seeking for a highly motivated and ambitious Postdoctoral Researcher / Doctoral Researcher to work in the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, on the Joensuu campus.

The primary goal of the doctoral/postdoctoral researcher is to explore collaborative approach (e.g., people-private-public partnerships) and their applicability in addressing restoration targets and reconciling conflicting interests. This requires understanding of the socio-political framing of restoration targets, but also action-oriented site-specific case study research involving local actors in knowledge co-creation. The position is suitable for competitive candidates with a strong background in action oriented social scientific research and familiarity working with actors in natural resource settings.

In this position you will co-operate with the other researchers working in the research group, reflecting that work to the modelling approaches to be developed for water management purposes. UEF water research program

The position will be filled for a fixed term, from 1 June 2023 (or starting date as agreed) for two years, due to it pertaining to tasks connected to UEF water research development. A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff. 

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of the Finnish universities. The salary comprises two components: a job requirement component and a personal performance component. For a Postdoctoral Researcher, the job requirement component is 3,044.00 €/month, based on level 5 of the job requirement chart for teaching and research staff. The personal performance component ranges from a minimum of 6 % to a maximum of 50 % of the above-mentioned sum. Depending on the personal performance component, the salary will be approximately €3534–3717 per month at the beginning of the employment. For a Doctoral Researcher, the job requirement component is 2,108.40 – 2,628.85 €/month, based on levels 2 – 4 of the job requirement chart for teaching and research staff. Depending on the level of the job requirement component and personal performance component (6 % – 50 %), the salary will be approximately €2447­–3209 per month at the beginning of the employment. The salary of a Doctoral Researcher depends on the phase of the doctoral dissertation and postgraduate studies as well as personal performance.

Our requirements

  • The person to be appointed as Postdoctoral Researcher is required to hold a doctoral degree from an applicable field, which may not have been completed more than five years ago (dated first of June 2018 or later) at the time of accepting the position (a net period of time, which does not include parental leaves, military service etc.). The degree has to be completed by the end of the application period.
  • PhD students in the final stages of their doctoral studies, whose research and other merits complement their research expertise, may also be considered. In this case, the candidate shall be appointed to be a Doctoral Researcher.
  • Good command of the English and Finnish language is required.

Your benefits

You will have access to the university’s staff benefits, including  

  • opportunity for flexible multi-location work,
  • extensive occupational health care,
  • broad selection of staff training,
  • staff discount on lunch in our campus restaurants, as well as on a range of other services,
  • affordable sports services and tax-free bike benefit.

Please read more in the Work at UEF section on our website.  

You will have an opportunity to work in an interesting, meaningful and diverse role as part of our international, creative, participatory and inclusive academic community.    

Enjoy your life in Finland! Known for its cleanliness, welfare know-how, modern technology and superb education system, Finland is an exotic and safe country to work in. Please visit the Life in Finland section on our website to learn more.    

How to apply?   

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 13 April 2023 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time).

Please note that you must include the following appendices in your application:


For further information on the position, please contact Professor Irmeli Mustalahti, email:, tel. +358 29 455 5006.  

For further information about the application procedure, please contact Human Resources Coordinator Airi Leppänen, e-mail:, tel. +358 29 445 5171.

University of Eastern Finland and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies in brief 

The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We have a staff of 3,200 members, and our academic community comprises around 16,000 degree students. Our campuses are located in Joensuu and in Kuopio. Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. We generate research-based knowledge and make it openly accessible for the benefit of all. To learn more about our university please visit our website at On our website, you’ll also find information about the university as a work community and as an employer (, as well as our employees’ career stories (

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies operates on two campuses of the University of Eastern Finland – in Joensuu and Kuopio. The faculty trains experts in the fields of history, geography, economics and business administration, law, social sciences, and social and health management. The faculty’s research is closely linked to the research areas identified in the university’s strategy. The faculty has 4,480 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students and approximately 500 postgraduate students actively pursuing their studies. The faculty has 550 staff members. 





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