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Job advertisement Post-doctoral researcher focusing on soil element cycles and GHG dynamics

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Post-doctoral researcher focusing on soil element cycles and GHG dynamics

Post-doctoral researcher focusing on soil element cycles and GHG dynamics

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Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation working to promote bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. We provide solutions and services to our customers based on best available scientific knowledge. Our research results and services generate added value and sustainability as well as scientific evidence to support decision making. We carry out research on forestry, agriculture, food, game, and fisheries. We also perform statutory services.

Being open-minded and curious and having a strong will to leave a positive mark to the world binds Luke people together. Together we build a positive working culture where each other’s work is highly respected. In Luke, the work assignments are versatile and employees can influence the content of their work. We work in a mobile work culture which gives you the possibility to work from wherever in Finland it suits you the best. Luke offers a multidisciplinary international research environment with unique research infrastructures, experimental sites and well-equipped laboratories.

As a postdoctoral researcher in Luke you are one of our future makers. Luke’s postdoc policy ensures that everyone gets the same support and position like a right to scientific supervising and equal career development possibilities. Our Early Career Community and Intercultural Community offer possibilities to share experiences and competence as well as everyday joys and griefs. As an employer Luke offers relocation packages for those, who have been recruited from abroad. This support means a remarkable help in immigration and settling in Finland.


Helsinki, Finland


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)

Full time


51000 - 66000 € / Year, The applicant may also present a separate salary request.

Required education

Application deadline
2 October 2022

19 September 2022

Job description

Luke has an open position for a post-doc researcher in a multidisciplinary research group of >10 scientists. The group develops sustainable land-use and ecosystem management practices in several ongoing projects, including HoliSoils ( and SOMPA ( The projects comprise field experiments on both peatland forests, where varied management regimes (including continuous cover forestry) are tested, and on mineral soils, where ecosystem processes are studied. The group also develops models to predict the impacts on ecosystem water, carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes, especially focusing on peat soils. The post-doctoral researcher will be engaged in an active international collaboration that aims at improving the scientific knowledge base on soil processes and the effects of management practices on forest soils.

The researcher will study how ecosystem management affects soil element cycles, GHG fluxes and their drivers. The work will be focused on processes in managed peatland forests. The researcher will 1) implement a field experiment, where effects of management practices on soil GHG fluxes and drivers of peat decomposition processes are studied, 2) analyze the obtained empirical data, and 3) participate in developing mathematical models that describe soil processes. The researcher will be responsible for scientific writing and reporting of study results as a lead author.

How to apply

Last application date: 27.9.2022 16.00

Reference number: 30-289-2022

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Luonnonvarakeskuksen kirjaamo
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki, FINLAND

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