Thursday, March 11, 2021

PhD Assistantship | Early Stage Researcher (Atmosphere and Climate Competence Center (ACCC) and Peatland and Soil Ecology Research)


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 2,700 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 faculty’s environments for research and learning are international, modern and multidisciplinary. The faculty has approximately 4,400 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students and some 460 postgraduate students. The number of staff amounts to 560.

We are now inviting applications for

Early Stage Researcher, School of Forest Sciences, Joensuu Campus

We are looking for motivated Early Stage Researcher (PHD student). The position is connected to Academy of Finland funded Flagship Atmosphere and Climate Competence Center (ACCC) and to the ongoing research in Peatland and Soil Ecology Research Group in School of Forest Sciences, University of Eastern Finland and in Institute for atmospheric and Earth system research (INAR) and Environ­mental Change Research Unit ECRU, University of Helsinki on the climate feedback of boreal peatlands.

We study if the recently found drying trend in boreal peatlands is a widespread phenomenon and also detectable in the GHG dynamics, and aim to identify underlying mechanisms behind the ongoing change. We use a long-term experimental site in Finland, and a suite of EC sites in Finland, Sweden, and Canada with the longest records of pristine boreal peatland GHG fluxes. The successful candidates will be supported by international research team from Finland, Sweden, France, Canada, and US with a strong expertise regarding plant and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, micrometeorology and modelling of biological processes.

Early-Stage Researcher will focus on microbial testate amoeba and their functional traits in the long-term experimental drainage site in Finland and in a suite of EC sites in Finland, Sweden, and Canada. Microbial communities and their traits are linked to peatland carbon dynamics. In addition to sampling and defining testate amoeba species, data analysis and scientific writing, work also includes participation on vegetation inventory and GHG exchange measurements.

We are looking for a motivated and research-oriented individual who holds a Master’s degree in relevant field, such as, biology, ecology, geology, forest sciences or natural geography. A person to be appointed as an early stage researcher shall be qualified to pursue postgraduate studies, i.e. he or she is required to have completed a suitable higher university degree or an equivalent education abroad which in the country in question would qualify the person for similar academic studies.

Experience in microscopical identification of species, and the use of R-program packages are beneficial for successful candidate. Scientific skills shown in publication record, earlier successful experience in research projects and international collaboration are beneficial for successful candidate. The applicant is expected to have good skills in written and spoken English.

The position will be filled for a fixed term from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2023 or as agreed. Positions of early stage researchers shall always be filled for a fixed term (UEF University Regulations, Section 31).

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on levels 2-4 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (2 055,66 - 2 563,09 €/month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be 6-50 % of the job requirement component.

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

For further information on the positions, please contact: Professor Eeva-Stiina Tuittila, tel. +358 29 445 3535, e-mail

For further information on the application procedure, please contact: Human resources secretary Sara Keronen, tel. +358 29 445 8302,

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:

-       motivation letter

-       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 applicant’s language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas

The application needs to be submitted no later than 15 March 2021 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.


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