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Postdoctoral position at the Finnish Forest Research Institute


The mission of Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) is to build the future of the forest sector of Finland by producing and disseminating information and know-how for the well-being of society.

The Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) announces an open postdoctoral / temporary researcher position for the period 01.04.2010-31.1.2013 (starting time negotiable) at Metla’s Suonenjoki Research Unit (

The successful candidate will work in the research project “Individual health and dynamics of natural populations” funded jointly by Metla and the Academy of Finland. The project will address the roles of food quantity and quality as determinants of the physiological and immunological health state of individuals and how variation in these factors predisposes individuals to parasite and pathogen infection and ultimately reflects onto population dynamics. As model species we will use the field vole, Microtus agrestis, which in northern Europe exhibits pronounced multiannual population cycles.

Tasks inherent to the position include planning and partaking in large-scale, year-round monitoring and experimentation in field conditions, laboratory work, data analyses and writing of scientific manuscripts. The candidate is expected to participate in the supervision of one or more Ph. D. and M. Sc. students during the funding period.

The applicant is required to have a Ph. D. or equivalent degree in ecology with prior experience in immunological, physiological or nutritional ecology and/or plant-herbivore interactions. Active contribution to the project in the applicant’s own field of expertise is strongly encouraged. Certification in laboratory animal research and prior experience in trapping and handling small rodents are regarded as benefits. The applicant must be willing and able to travel and to work with flexible hours, occasionally under harsh field conditions. A valid driver’s licence is essential.

Salary is based on the incentive system terms set by Metla, with a grade of 7-8 (2405.63-2587.31 €/month) depending on the competence of the person. In addition, an incentive part of the salary is paid, which may at maximum be 50 % of the salary level.

To apply, please send 1) a letter stating your research interests, 2) your CV and 3) the contact information of two references. Applications are to be submitted preferably by e-mail to Written applications can be sent by mail or delivered in person to:

Finnish Forest Research Institute Joensuu
Yliopistokatu 6 (PL 68)
FI-80100 Joensuu

All applications should state clearly the following registry number: 63/111/2010.

The deadline for applications is the 1 st of March 2010 at 16:00.

For further information, contact researcher Otso Huitu, e-mail:, tel. +358 29 5324917

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