Postdoctoral Researcher (Forest soil science)

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 15,000 students and 2,500 members of staff. We operate on two campuses 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 facultys environments for research and learning are international, modern and multidisciplinary. The faculty has approximately 3,800 Bachelors and Masters degree students and some 490 postgraduate students. The number of staff amounts to 560.

We are now inviting applications for

a Postdoctoral Researcher (Forest soil science) position, School of Forest Sciences, Joensuu Campus

We are seeking a motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to join the project Seasonality of root symbioses in boreal forests, funded by the Academy of Finland. The tasks are planning, implementing and reporting experimental studies on the stress tolerance of ectomycorrhizal, arbuscular mycorrhizal and actinorhizal symbioses and their plant and microbial partners. The environmental factors under study are low and freezing temperatures, drought and limited nutrient availability. Most of the experiments will be done with tree seedlings in a unique controlled-environment facility designed for the study of effects of low and freezing temperatures, and some in the field. Laboratories in Austria and Canada participate in the project providing opportunities for visits and further training. Five percent of the working time is assigned to teaching.

The person to be appointed as postdoctoral researcher is expected to hold a doctoral degree in forest sciences, biology, environmental sciences or a related field. Experience in some of the following is considered an asset: Experimenting with plants and their symbionts; root studies; microbiological laboratory work; microscopy; chemical analyses; ecophysiological measurements; publishing in scientific journals.

The applicant is also expected to have excellent written and spoken English language skills.

The position is filled for a fixed term from 1 September 2019 to 31 May 2023. The position will be filled for a fixed term due to it pertaining to a specific project (positions of postdoctoral researcher and shall always be filled for a fixed term, UEF University Regulations, Section 31).

The salary of the postdoctoral researcher or project researcher 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 ( 2,935.55/ month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary is supplemented by a personal performance component, which can be a maximum of 50% of the job requirement component.

A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:

- CV
- List of publications
- Copies of the applicant's academic degree certificates / diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to the applicants language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas. If the degrees are in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English, certified English translations are required.
- Motivation letter (one page). In the letter, please indicate why you are interested in this research project and why you would be a suitable person for this position.

For further information on the position, please contact : Senior University Researcher Tarja Lehto, e-mail: tarja.lehto[a], tel. +358 29 445 3491 For further information on the application procedure, please contact: Human Resources Secretary Noora Hämäläinen, e-mail: noora.hamalainen[a], tel. +358 29 445 8376

The application needs to be submitted no later than 30.7.2019 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.


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