The Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) is a specialist research organisation which develops solutions to the challenges and questions posed by the care, utilisation, products, services and intangible value of forests
Fixed term contract 1.9.2014 - 31.8.2016
Yliopistokatu 6, 80101 Joensuu
The Finnish Forest Research Institute Metla announces an open researcher position for the period
1.9.2014-31.8.2016 at Eastern regional unit in Joensuu
The successful candidate will work in the ongoing research project (Winter in changing climate :
effects of snow conditions on plants, soil and their interactions in the boreal forest) funded by the
Academy of Finland and Metla. The project aims to find out how changes in the winter conditions will
affect boreal forest plants, forest soil and plant-soil interactions. Laboratory experiment, where both
above and belowground wintertime conditions are manipulated, will be carried out using special root
growth chambers. Plant growth, C and N pools in plants and soil, gas exchange and microbial
communities and activities will be monitored. The research team consists of scientists from Metla,
Arctic Centre of University of Lapland, University of Oulu, Geological survey of Finland (GTK) and
French national institute for agricultural research (INRA) .
The applicant is required to have researcher qualifications in plant ecology, physiology or
comparable field (e .g., biology, forest sciences or biochemistry) with prior experience in laboratory
work (basic knowledge in biochemical processes of plants is required). Integral parts of the task are
partaking in maintaining the laboratory experiment, sample collection, laboratory analyses, data
analyses and writing of scientific manuscripts. The applicant has to be able to work independently,
as well as to be cooperative in international working group. Previous experience of working methods in root research and raot laboratory will be considered as an advantage for the applicant
Salary is based on the incentive system terms set by Metla, with a grade of 8 (2763,80 €/month).
In addition, an incentive part of the salary is paid depending on the competence of the person.
Applications should include:
1. a letter of interest
2. your detailed CV (including your expertise, list of publications, earlier experience as a researcher) and
3. the contact information of two references
This announcement can be downloaded at: www.valtiolle.fi with the key numbers 400-103-14. The deadline for written applications is 18.7.2014 at 15:00 and they should be sent to:
Finnish Forest Research Institute
The application and the envelope should have a the key number 400-103-14.
- Senior researcher Pasi Rautio, +358 29 532 4045, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senior researcher Tapani Repo, +358 29 532 3136, email@example.com