Thursday, March 11, 2021

Postdoctoral Researcher or Project Researcher (Drying trend in boreal peatlands - impacts and mechanisms, BorPeat)


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 application for

Postdoctoral Rsearcher or Project Researcher, School of Forest Sciences, Joensuu Campus

We are looking for Postdoctoral researcher/Project researcher to join our research project Drying trend in boreal peatlands - impacts and mechanisms (BorPeat) lead by professor Eeva-Stiina Tuittila and funded by Academy of Finland.

Project aims to assess if the recently found drying trend in boreal peatlands is a widespread phenomenon and also detectable in the greenhouse gas  (GHG) dynamics, and 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 strong expertise regarding plant and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, micrometeorology and modelling of biological processes.

Postdoctoral researcher/project researcher will focus on vegetation and plant traits change in the long-term experimental drainage site in Finland and in a suite of EC sites in Finland, Sweden, and Canada. The work will consist of analyzing existing data as well as collecting new data. In addition to vegetation inventory, plant trait measurements, data analysis and scientific writing, work also includes participation on master student supervision.

A person to be appointed as a postdoctoral researcher/project researcher is required to have completed doctoral degree in relevant field. 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. In this context, the 5 years refer to a net period of time, which does not include maternity leaves, parental leaves, or military service.

We expect demonstrated advanced skills on analyzing multiple kind of ecological data, use of R-program packages, and writing scientific text. Scientific skills shown in publication record, earlier successful experience in responsible positions 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 June 2021 or as agreed to 31 December 2023. The possible continuation of the position will be agreed separately. The position will be filled for a fixed term due to it pertaining to a specific project, i.e. “Drying trend in boreal peatlands - impacts and mechanisms (BorPeat)” (positions of postdoctoral researcher 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 level 5 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (3 000,49 €/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, +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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