Postdoctoral researcher
1 month ago | Closing on Jan 23
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
Postdoctoral researcher
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
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Published: 1 month ago
Application deadline: Jan 23
Location: Helsinki, Finland
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Postdoctoral researcher

Work tasks

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) has an open position in a multidisciplinary research group (>10 scientist) that focus on ecosystem analyses and apply compiled expertise and models on various applications ranging from mitigation of climate change in the land-use sector to effects of management practices on ecosystem water, carbon and nutrient balances. The researcher will explore how land surface characteristics and management affect carbon, nitrogen, water and energy exchange between boreal land ecosystems and the atmosphere. Special interests are how interplay between vegetation, hydrology and management of organic soils, i.e. drained and pristine peatlands, affect their biogeochemistry and resulting greenhouse gas balances. 

The main tasks are: 1) to use and further develop state-of-the-art hydrologic and biogeochemical models for managed and natural ecosystems in organic soils, 2) analyze multi-scale flux measurements (chamber, eddy-covariance, radiation balance, soil hydrology) and 3) produce model-based projections of climate and management impacts on organic soils. Some field and laboratory work may also be included. The researcher will work in projects CLIMOSS (Climate impacts of boreal bryophytes – from functional traits to global models) and SOMPA (Novel soil management practices - key for sustainable bioeconomy and climate change mitigation) funded by Academy of Finland. The projects are executed in close collaboration between partners in Finland and abroad. 


We are seeking highly motivated researcher with background in ecosystem-atmosphere interactions, biogeochemistry, ecohydrology or climate modeling. Excellent research motivation, will to apply ones skills to varying computational problems, and ability to work independently as part of multidisciplinary research group are essential. The good programming skills, ability to rapidly understand model algorithms and modular process-based frameworks (e.g., Python, FORTRAN, C, Matlab) are required. Knowledge on energy, water and carbon cycles in terrestrial ecosystems are needed. Strong record in scientific publishing, and collaboration with stakeholders and international networks of scientists are appreciated. 

The ideal candidate has a recent Ph.D. in the subject area. In case of exceptional candidate, the vacancy can also be filled as a post-graduate position and a possibility to conduct the Ph.D. studies in the Doctoral Programme of Atmospheric Sciences ( in University of Helsinki will be organized. 

Scope of employment

Form of employment: Temporary employment

Scope:   Office work

Commencement:   1.2.2018 or as agreed

Time-limited to:   31.12.2020Nature of the work


Last application date:   23.1.2018 16:00

Reference number:   30-399-2017

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You may also apply for this position by submitting your application to the address below. The job reference of the role must be cited both in the actual application and on the envelope. Applications will not be returned.

Luonnonvarakeskuksen kirjaamo
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki

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Number of positions advertised:   1


Contact persons

Samuli LauniainenAcademy Research Fellow+358 29 532

Raisa MäkipääResearch Professor+358 29 532

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Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
Location: Helsinki, Finland | Closing on Jan 23
PhD student
About the workplace Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation working to promote bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. We provide solutions and services based on best available scientific knowledge to our customers. Our research...