Project Researcher or Postdoctoral Researcher, Boreal Forest Ecosystems

The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,500 students and 2,500 members of staff. We operate in Joensuu and Kuopio. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading universities in the world.

The Faculty of Science and Forestry operates on the Kuopio and Joensuu campuses of the University of Eastern Finland. The mission of the faculty is to carry out internationally recognised scientific research and to offer research-education in the fields of natural sciences and forest sciences. The faculty invests in all of the strategic research areas of the university. The facultys environments for research and learning are international, modern and multidisciplinary. The faculty has approximately 3,800 Bachelors and Masters degree students and some 490 postgraduate students. The number of staff amounts to 560. http://www.uef.fi/en/lumet/etusivu

We are now inviting applications for

a Project Researcher or a Postdoctoral Researcher position (Boreal forest ecosystems), Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Kuopio Campus

The person to be appointed to this position will work at the Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences http://www.uef.fi/en/web/envbio in the biogeochemistry research group http://www.uef.fi/en/web/bgc in a project funded jointly by the Water JPI and Academy of Finland. The project studies the effects of peatland forest management on dissolved organic matter production and its chemical quality.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with experience in working in boreal forest ecosystems. Skills in soil organic matter chemical fractionation, organic matter decomposition studies and chemical analyses of soil and water samples are needed to complete the work successfully. Good communication and writing skills in English are also required. The position is for 2 years and enables the researcher to take part in supervising MSc and PhD students, scientific writing, grant applications, scientific collaborations and teaching in suitable areas.

The person to be appointed in the position shall hold a suitable doctoral degree. If the employee has been awarded his or her doctoral degree less than five years ago, the post will be one of a Postdoctoral Researcher. If the doctoral degree has been awarded more than five years ago, the post will be one of a Project Researcher. Persons graduating with a PhD in the near future are also encouraged to apply. However, they are expected to hold a PhD degree by the starting date of the position.

The position will be filled for a fixed-term of two years due to it pertaining to a specific project (positions of postdoctoral researcher shall always be filled for a fixed term, UEF University Regulations, Section 31). The full-time position will start in 1 April 2020, or by agreement.

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on levels 5 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff ( 2,935.55/month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 50 % of the job requirement component.

For further information on the position, please contact: Professor Jukka Pumpanen, email: jukka.pumpanen[a]uef.fi , phone +358 29 445 3327. For further information on the application procedure, please contact Executive Assistant Satu Turunen, email: satu.turunen[a]uef.fi , phone +358 29 445 3031.

A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:

- a résumé or CV
- a list of publications
- copies of the applicant's academic degree certificates/ diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to the applicants language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas
- motivation letter

The application needs to be submitted no later than 18 November 2019 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.


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