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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 01.04.2014 - 31.03.2016
Location: Eteläranta 55, 96300 Rovaniemi

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. Snow manipulation field experiments combined with dual stable isotope labeling will be performed. Plant growth, C and N pools in plants and soil, gas exchange and microbial communities and activities will be monitored using field observations, biochemical and molecular biological techniques. 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 a Ph. D. or equivalent degree 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 field experiment, sample collection, laboratory work, data analyses and writing of scientific manuscripts. The applicant has to be able to work independently also in the field conditions, as well as to be cooperative in international working group.


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: with the key numbers 400-49-14. The deadline for written applications is 17.3.2014 at 15:00 and they should be sent to:

Finnish Forest Research Institute
P.O.Box 18
01301 Vantaa

The application and the envelope should have a remark 'Post doc application' and the key number 400-49-14.

Further information

  • Tutkija Pasi Rautio, 029 532 4045,


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