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Postdoctoral researcher

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 researcher position for the period 01.03.2011-28.02.2013 (starting time negotiable) at Metla’s Suonenjoki Research Unit

The successful candidate will work in the ongoing research project “Individual health and dynamics of natural populations” funded jointly by the Academy of Finland and Metla. The international project is led by Doc. Otso Huitu (Metla, Finland), including as members Prof. Heikki Henttonen (Metla, Finland), Prof. Nigel Yoccoz (Univ. Tromssa, Norway), and Prof. Tapio Mappes (Univ. Jyväskylä, Finland), together with a number of expert collaborators.

The project addresses 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 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 essential. 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.

Applications

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 by e-mail to kirjaamo @ metla.fi.

Please mention registry number 831/111/2010 in application.

The deadline for applications is the 31st of January 2011 at 16:00.

Further information

Researcher Otso Huitu, otso.huitu @ metla.fi, tel. +358 29 5324917

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