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We expect the candidate to be highly committed to science and capable of conducting independent research in the appropriate field of the position. She/he should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English and good collaboration skills for working in a (multidisciplinary) team. The candidate should also be skilled in writing scientific publications and communicating the research results.

The person to be appointed to the postdoctoral researcher position should have completed his/her doctoral degree within the past four years (excluding maternity leaves, parental leaves, or military service). A doctoral degree must be completed at the time of accepting the position. The vacancy is initially for 2 years with a possibility of 1 year continuation (2+1).


Natural resources

1. Biological processes in organic soils

The postdoctoral researcher will focus on sustainability of different forest management options from the soil carbon balance point of view. She/he will work on processes related to carbon and nutrient cycling in organic (peat) soils, mostly forest soils. These processes include fine root production and turnover, organic matter decomposition, and the formation and emission of greenhouse gases. The work also deals with the microbial communities related to these processes.

– Location: Helsinki
– Supervisors: Prof. Hannu Fritze and Prof. Raija Laiho

2. Modelling of forest dynamics

The postdoctoral researcher will develop models for predicting dynamics of boreal forests, their response to management practices and environmental changes. Models will be applied in simulation and decision support tools to be used for both scientific and practical purposes.

– Location: Helsinki or Joensuu
– Supervisor: Prof. Jari Hynynen

3. Biotic risks in forestry

The postdoctoral researcher will work on assessment and modelling of biotic risks in forests with special emphasis on analysing the economic importance of forest damage. She/he will collect data on the occurrence of the most important forest pests and diseases in Finland, analyse the suitability of different data sources and monitoring processes in forest damage evaluations, and make economic assessments on the cost of damage.

– Location: Joensuu or Helsinki
– Supervisors: Dr. Heli Viiri and Dr. Mikko Peltoniemi

4. Novel cropping systems for sustainable plant production

The task of the postdoctoral researcher is to study the production potential of novel food crops and their traits that are important to generate sustainable production systems for future needs. The main focus is on production potential of the alternative/novel crops, roots, associated soil microbes and other ecosystem services and their interplay in the system.

– Location: Jokioinen
– Supervisors: Dr. Marjo Keskitalo and Dr. Nils Borchard

5. Novel methods for the management of threatened fish populations

The postdoctoral research position focuses on the development of novel, practical methods in hatchery processes to produce viable fish for supplementary stocking, rewilding domesticated hatchery fish stocks and to enhance fish habitats in nature. In addition, the target of the studies is to discover methods for decreasing possible negative effects of fisheries-induced evolution on wild fish populations.

– Location: Joensuu or Oulu (experimental work in Paltamo)
– Supervisors: Dr. Pekka Hyvärinen and Dr. Ari Huusko

Production systems

6. High performance computing in genomic prediction of livestock

The postdoctoral researcher will work mainly on the statistical modelling of large amounts of data (e.g., linear mixed effects models, Bayesian analyses, machine learning) and programming (numerical algorithms in high performance computing) to estimate genomic predictions and breeding values for livestock.

– Location: Helsinki or Jokioinen
– Supervisors: Prof. Esa Mäntysaari and Prof. Ismo Stranden

7. Embryo technology

The postdoctoral researcher will focus on the evaluation of the effects of different embryo production systems on subsequent in vitro embryo viability and quality. The tasks include comparison of the outcome of different in vitro embryo production protocols in terms of quantity and quality of the produced embryos. The quality of the produced embryos is evaluated using different staining techniques, molecular genomics and metabolomics tools as well as sensitivity to cryopreservation.

– Location: Jokioinen
– Supervisor: Dr. Jaana Peippo

8. Precision livestock farming

The postdoctoral researcher will work on data analysis applying existing and developing new modelling methods for automatic monitoring of animals based on sensor data and genetic information. The phenotyping data for the modelling comes from several sensor systems, such as positioning systems and accelerometers, 3D cameras and milk MIR spectra and the genomic data varies from low density SNP chips (<10k) to imputed full sequences (30 M SNPs).

– Location: Helsinki
– Supervisor: Dr. Matti Pastell

9. Greenhouse production technology

The postdoctoral researcher will focus on the development of modern, sustainable and year-round greenhouse production. The main topics may include (semi)closed greenhouse systems, plant factory concepts, energy utilization in cultivation, artificial lighting options, greenhouse climate control technology, renewable growth substrates and plant nutrition, as well as product quality.

– Location: Turku
– Supervisors: Dr. Liisa Särkkä and Dr. Kari Jokinen

10. Wood formation and wood characteristics

The postdoctoral researcher will focus on wood formation processes and genetics of chemical and physical characteristics of wood. She/he is expected to analyse existing data (quantitative genetics of wood characteristics and wood formation processes), and take part in ongoing genetic studies on wood formation and biosynthesis of value added biochemical compounds.

– Location: Helsinki or Espoo
– Supervisors: Dr. Tuula Jyske, Prof. Katri Kärkkäinen and Dr. Harri Mäkinen

11. Valorization of natural ingredients in food, nutraceutical and cosmetic products

The postdoctoral researcher position covers the valorization of raw materials and side streams from food system, with an aim for value added applications from plant and marine based natural ingredients. The focus is on assessing the functionality and feasibility of the natural ingredients in product concepts. Special emphasis is on high nutritional and functional quality of the end products.

– Location: Jokioinen
– Supervisors: Dr. Pirjo Mattila and Dr. Anne Pihlanto

12. Industrial ecosystems in bio-based production

The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for research, innovation and analysis of market based industrial ecosystems and business environments related to food and forest industries, agroecology and aquaculture. The work is focused on identifying and developing symbiotic opportunities in bio-based production.

– Location: Espoo
– Supervisor: Dr. Riitta Laitinen

Bioeconomy and environment

13. Soil carbon estimation for forestry and agriculture

The postdoctoral researcher will study how land-use affects the quantity and quality of organic matter flows from vegetation to soil in boreal ecosystems. The research approach combines data from ecosystem measurements and satellite observations with mathematical modelling. The main tasks are 1) to improve and further develop methods of quantifying organic matter flow from vegetation to soils in forests and agricultural systems, 2) to validate the developed methods against multi-scale experimental data, and 3) support soil carbon model calibration against various data sources.

– Location: Helsinki
– Supervisor. Dr. Aleksi Lehtonen

14. Biodiversity in forest resource scenarios

The postdoctoral researcher will develop quantitative methods for the evaluation of the biodiversity implications of the forest resource use scenarios. She/he will analyse the impacts of forest policies and forest management scenarios on the biodiversity and ecosystem services, resistance and resilience of plant/fungal communities to changes in environment, synergies and trade-offs between biodiversity and ecosystem services, and ways to simultaneously promote the biodiversity and economic benefit in forests.

– Location Helsinki or Oulu
– Supervisors: Prof. Raisa Mäkipää and Dr. Päivi Merilä

15. Modelling of tree canopy structure and dynamics

The postdoctoral researcher will analyse the structure and dynamics of tree canopies, canopy responses to varied management regimes and changes in environmental conditions. Tasks include processing of the point cloud data obtained by TLS and direct tree measurements for the development of volume, stem curve and biomass models.

– Location: Helsinki or Joensuu
– Supervisors: Prof. Annika Kangas and Dr. Kari T. Korhonen

16. Land use planning for sustainable bioeconomy

The postdoctoral work has three general objectives: (i) to identify the current land use planning infrastructure that governs the use and protection of renewable natural resources on national, regional and local levels, (ii) to assess the mechanisms with which the social, economic, cultural and ecological impacts are taken into account in bioeconomy land use planning, decision-making and ex post evaluation, and (iii) to provide advice for long-term democratic development of bioeconomy in Finland.

– Location: Turku
– Supervisor: Prof. Juha Hiedanpää

17. Economic modelling and analysis of bioeconomy policies and markets

The postdoctoral researcher will conduct quantitative analysis of policy impacts and market changes in the bio-economy, at enterprise and sector level. She/he will also participate in integrated bio-physical and economic modelling, aimed at comprehensive sustainability assessment.

– Location: Helsinki
– Supervisor: Prof. Heikki Lehtonen

18. Societal challenges in fisheries

The postdoctoral researcher will study the current and future societal challenges of commercial fisheries in Finland. There are three intertwined focus areas in the work: (i) institutional analysis of current fisheries policies, (ii) assessment of the economic and social consequences of environmental and fisheries policies on fishing as a livelihood, and (iii) proposal for the development of institutional arrangements and consequent policies.

– Location: Turku
– Supervisors: Dr. Pekka Salmi and Prof. Juha Hiedanpää

19. Business models for sustainable nature-based tourism and recreation

The postdoctoral researcher will conduct research on business development linked to the amenity benefits of nature. This covers the traditional areas of nature-based tourism and outdoor recreation, but research may also involve possibilities to develop sustainable products related to nature’s effect on human well-being linked to social and health care sectors.

– Location: Helsinki
– Supervisor: Prof. Liisa Tyrväinen