Postdoctoral Researcher, Ecology and Evolutionary biology

Our naturally beautiful campus in the Jyväskylä city centre is home to a dynamic multidisciplinary research university – a modern, open and collaborative community of 2,500 experts and 15,000 students seeking answers to the pivotal questions of today and tomorrow.It was here, in 1863, that Finnish-language teacher education began. Since then, the University of Jyväskylä has been serving the future.The dialogue between research, education and society is our driving force.We cherish this balance of research and education, and work to promote open thinking. We kindle the skills, knowledge and passion to live wisely for the best of humanity.

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of 
Postdoctoral Researcher,
Ecology and Evolutionary biology for a fixed period of 1.5.2018-30.4.2020.

Research of the Department of Biological and Environmental Science is renowned in the University’s denoted core research activity fields of basic natural phenomena and mathematical thinking. Areas of research strength in the Department include research evolutionary research and biological nanoscience and research on natural resources and environment. Research in evolutionary ecology and evolutionary genetic is broad-based, with approaches at different levels: from the DNA, through organisms and populations to ecosystems. Researchers working within the field continue a strong tradition of empirical research, using state of the art techniques, to investigate and integrate disparate biological fields.

The postdoctoral researcher will work in the research group of professor Leena Lindström in the Finnish Academy funded project "Human induced trans-generational stress tolerance and invasion success”. The main aim of the project is to assess the human contribution for the development of stress resistance particularly on a pest species the Colorado potato beetle. We are going to estimate the relative roles of genetic background, trans-generational effects and human induced selection on stress tolerance. Our results will serve both basic research and improve sustainable implementation of invasive species strategy.

The duties and qualification requirements and language skills for the position of the Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to have good skills in English language.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic member to our research group. Candidates should have a PhD or be about to obtain a PhD in ecology, evolutionary biology, agriculture, entomology or another relevant discipline. A successful candidate will have good expertise in genetic and epigenetic research methods, good communication skills and ability to supervised bachelor and master’s level students. Previous experience with experimental work and genomic analyzing methods are considered beneficial.

The job-specific salary component of a postdoctoral researcher is based on the job demands level 5-6 (2865,30 €/Month - 3340,77 €/Month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46,3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

A trial period of four months will be used when the position is first filled.

For further information: Professor Leena Lindström, +358 40 842 7228,

Please attach the following documents to the online application form:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering, when possible, the template for a researcher’s curriculum vitae by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity.
  2. Short application / motivation letter, including research interests and plan.
  3. List of publications covering all the scientific and other publications of the applicant.
  4. Two reference letters from people who can be contacted by telephone or e-mail before or after the interview.

Please submit your application at the latest by 15.4.2018 using the online application form.