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
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
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
a letter stating your research interests,
your CV and
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.
Researcher Otso Huitu, otso.huitu @ metla.fi, tel. +358 29 5324917