Postdoctoral Fellow in Life Science

University of Helsinki is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to work in European Research Council (ERC) and Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) funded project MEMETRE (From processes to modelling of methane emissions from trees). The postdoctoral researcher will join a multidisciplinary group of 10 scientists studying the exchange of greenhouse gases methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) in forest ecosystems, with the main aim at answering the question: what is the role of trees in the CH4 and N2O exchange of forests. We are seeking for


The position can be filled in August 2019, or as soon as suitable for the candidate, for 2-years (with possibility for extension).

The aim is to develop biogeochemical models so that the processes of CH4 exchange in the soil, and between the soil, trees and the atmosphere can be described. The main tasks of the postdoctoral researcher will be 1) to mathematically describe CH4 transport, production and consumption processes in trees, 2) to incorporate the developed tree-modules into process-based biogeochemical models for soil-tree-atmosphere gas exchange, 3) to participate in experimental work to guarantee direct interaction between the experimental and model development, and 4) to supervise PhD and MSc students working with process-based models. The modelling work will be conducted in close collaboration with research groups at the University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences, Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) and at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE).

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher with background in physics, ecophysiology, biogeo-chemistry, ecohydrology, and experience in supervising MSc and/or PhD students. To succeed in the task, basic knowledge on energy, water and carbon cycles in terrestrial ecosystems are needed. We also value an excellent publication record, and ability and willingness to work in a multidis-ciplinary research group consisting of biogeochemists, physicists, meteorologists, forest ecologists and microbiologists. Good programming skills and an interest to develop process-model algorithms (e.g., Python, FORTRAN, C, Matlab) are required.

Ideally you would have a recent Ph.D. in the subject area. In a case of an exceptional candidate, the vacancy can also be filled as a post-graduate student position and a possibility to conduct the Ph.D. studies at the University of Helsinki in the Doctoral Programme of Atmospheric Sciences (…).

This project is a collaborative project with the research groups of Prof. Jaana Bäck, and will be affiliated to the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR), to be established in 1 January 2018. We offer an internationally competitive package and access to state-of-the-art infrastructures (such as ICOS, Integrated Carbon Observation System,

The salary of a postdoctoral researcher will be based on levels 5 (doctoral student on levels 2 – 4) of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. For a postdoc the starting salary will be 3 200 euros/month (for the doctoral student the starting salary will be 2200 – 2400 euros/month), depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office ( assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland. A six-month trial period will be applied.

Please submit your application, your motivation letter, CV, publication list, and a minimum of two references (in one pdf-file), through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal, ( The closing date for applications is 12 May 2019.

For additional information, please contact Associate Professor Mari Pihlatie, mari.pihlatie(at)

Due date

12.05.2019 23:59 EEST