Postdoctoral Researcher, Evolutionary Ecology

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 in Evolutionary Ecology, for a fixed 2,5 year term starting 1.1.2019 or as agreed.

Research of the Department of Biological and Environmental Scienceis 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, 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 Dr. Anssi Karvonen in the Finnish Academy funded project "Environmental effects on complex parasite interactions”. The main aim of the project is to explore how co-infections of unrelated parasites are shaped by different conditions of environmental variation at within-host, among-host and host-external levels. Study organisms include bacterial pathogens and trematode parasites of salmonid fishes. Specific questions will look into effects of factors such as temporal variation in host exposure, natural and human-induced genetic variation of hosts, and chemical and physical changes in the environment surrounding the host-parasite interaction. The project will present novel results for basic research on evolutionary ecology of multiple parasite infections and has applied implications for management of key disease-issues in aquaculture.

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, molecular biology, microbiology, or another relevant discipline. A successful candidate will have good problem solving and communication skills, and ability to supervise bachelor and master’s level students. Previous experience of microbiology/molecular biology and experimental research is considered beneficial.

The job-specific salary component of a postdoctoral researcher is based on the job demands level 5-6 (2893,95 €/Month – 3374,18 €/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 six months will be used when the position is first filled.

For further information: Senior Lecturer Anssi Karvonen, +358 40 805 3882,

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.
  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 September 30th 2018 using the online application form.