Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation working to promote bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. We provide solutions and services to our customers based on best available scientific knowledge. Our research results and services generate added value and sustainability as well as scientific evidence to support decision making. We carry out research on forestry, agriculture, food, game, and fisheries. We also perform statutory services.
Being open-minded and curious and having a strong will to leave a positive mark to the world binds Luke people together. Together we build a positive working culture where each other’s work is highly respected. In Luke, the work assignments are versatile and employees can influence on the content of their work. We work in a mobile work culture which gives you the possibility to work from where ever it suits you the best. Luke offers a multidisciplinary international research environment with unique research infrastructures, experimental sites and well-equipped laboratories.
Sustainable and multifunctional use of natural resources requires assessment of alternative land-uses and their impacts on various environmental factors, such as biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions, and hydrology, as well as on socio-economic variables. There is an increasing need to evaluate the impacts of the use of natural resources in a spatial context. For example, ecological restoration and forest management need to be allocated spatially so that their present and future impacts on biodiversity, greenhouse gases, socioeconomy, and public acceptance are optimized. In this context, there is a need to develop methods and models to predict environmental impacts in unsurveyed areas. The analysis and prediction of the impacts of alternative land-uses requires in-depth knowledge and skills in spatial modelling and geoinformatics. All this requires good understanding, knowledge and skills in GIS.
In response to above challenges, Luke opens a position for an advanced spatial land-use modelling senior scientist. The specific tasks of senrior scientist include: (1) Spatial modelling and analysis using various methods (e.g. Maxent, ANN, GAMM) and tools (ArcGis, QGis, R); (2) Impact assessment of natural resources uses; (3) Development of modelling tools and expertise in land-use modelling, spatial analysis, and data visualization; (4) Interactive work between research and various stakeholder groups; (5) Writing research plans and funding applications, for domestic and international funding sources as well as for customer funding; (6) Publishing results in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
The Senior Scientist / Scientist is expected to apply and develop advanced GIS methods as a part of sustainable natural resources use, and to evaluate the effects of land-uses on environmental but also on socioeconomic factors. These topics are studied in multi-disciplinary national and international projects.
In practice, success in the position requires strong foundations in nature related GIS analyses, experience in modelling of ecological and ecosystem services data, and a good knowledge of multiple-use forest management as well as forest ecology. We expect an applicable doctoral degree. However, advanced applicants very close to doctoral graduation are also considered. Proven understanding and experience of habitat suitability modeling and related spatial analysis methods is necessary, and knowledge on geoinformatics and remote sensing is highly appreciated. Willingness and capability to work in an international multicultural environment and active participation in international networks are required. The work may require travelling and working abroad. We expect evidence of writing high-quality research reports and a strong track record in scientific publishing. Good English language skills are vital. Command of the Finnish language is appreciated due to stakeholder connections. Proven capability to acquire research funding is required. Experience on managing research projects, participation in international research projects and networks, and in stakeholder engagement are appreciated.
Form of employment: Permanent employment
Scope: Office work
Commencement: 01/11/2019or according to the contract
Last application date: 23/09/2019 16:00
Reference number: 30-287-2019
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00790 Helsinki, FINLAND
Please attach your curriculum vitae and your publication list to the application.
The position is at complexity level 9-11 (Senior Scientist) or 8-9 (Scientist) in Lukes salary system. Therefore, the position-specific salary component is EUR 3540.52 - 4412.00 (Senior Scientist) or EUR 3131.07 - 3540.52 (Scientist) per month. In addition to the position-specific salary component, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. It can be at most 50% of the position-specific salary component. The applicant may also present a separate salary request.
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|Title||Senior Scientist/scientist, spatial land-use modelling|
|Employer||Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)|
|Job location||Latokartanonkaari 9, FI-00790 Helsinki|
|Published||September 9, 2019|
|Application deadline||September 23, 2019|
|Job types||Researcher  |
|Fields||Ecology,   Civil Engineering,   Forestry,   Landscape Architecture,   Ecological Engineering,   Spatial Planning,   Urban Design  |