Postdoctoral Researcher in Forest ecosystem services and biodiversity

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 Forest ecosystem services and biodiversity, for a fixed 3 year term starting 1.1.2019 or as agreed.

The postdoctoral researcher will work in the research group of Prof. Mikko Mönkkönen in the Biodiversa funded project "Scenarios for biodiversity and ecosystem services acknowledging health”. This project is a part of a multi-national consortium, with collaborators in Sweden, Norway, Germany and Austria. The main aim of the project is to forecast the impacts of mitigating climate change impacts through the transitioning process from a fossil-based to a bio-based economy at a European scale. The key issues considered in this research are the impacts on forest biodiversity and the relationship to human health. This work includes simulating forest data to mimic various management alternatives at a landscape level, and then explore alternative policies through the use of optimization tools and Bayesian statistical models. As a multi-objective problem, trade-offs will be examined between criteria for biodiversity, the perceived impact on health, climate impacts and ecosystem services. The projected solutions will help in assessing how each country should contribute to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. This assessment will include a quantification of the uncertainties of the conclusions.

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 landscape ecology, forestry, or another relevant discipline. Expertise in forest planning and understanding of forest growth models is necessary, including the ability to work with large data sets. Experience in forest simulation modelling and/or multi-objective optimization is considered an asset.

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 Researcher Kyle Eyvindson, +358 50 439 3311, kyle.j.eyvindson@ or Dean Mikko Mönkkönen, 

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 October 15th 2018 using the online application form.