PhD student (Freshwater Ecology)

University of Oulu

, , FI

Doctoral student position in freshwater ecology (4 years)

Description University of Oulu announces a four-year doctoral student position in the project “Understanding and predicting environmental change in northern rivers: biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in a changing climate”.

The position is based at the Department of Ecology and Genetics, Faculty of Science. Research in this position will focus on disentangling the effects of climate change and forestry-related land use on stream biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, as well as on developing and testing tools for mitigating such effects (restoration ecology). Empirical work will combine field surveys and mesocosm experiments. The PhD student is expected to contribute to teaching and supervision of undergraduate students as part of his/her doctoral education.

Responsibilities and Required Qualifications A successful candidate is expected to have M.Sc. degree in ecology or limnology (or equivalent). Strong understanding of theoretical and applied community ecology is required and experience in numerical ecology is considered beneficial. The position requires fluent written and oral English skills and good communication skills.

Salary The salary will be based on the levels 1 – 4 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component). The salary will thus be roughly 1,900 – 2,500 € per month, depending on the appointee’s qualification and experience.

Application Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted electronically by 15th November, 2017.

The position is filled as of 1st January, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. A trial period of 4 months is applied in the position.

The following documents must be attached to the application: 1) Curriculum vitae in English 2) List of possible scientific contributions (publications, talks, posters etc.) including teaching merits 3) A brief (1 page) description of the motivation and suitability to the post 4) Contact information of 1 – 2 references 5) Documentation of English language skills

Contact details For further information, please contact: prof. Timo Muotka, email: timo.muotka(at)