Doctoral Researcher in Forest Business Economics

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 24 Jan 2024

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of a Doctoral researcher in Forest Business Economics

The Doctoral researcher will be appointed for a fixed-term 4-year contract (start date: February 1, 2024 or as agreed) to study the new value creation of the Finnish Forest Industries within the project entitled “Pathways out of Energy Crises to a Resilient and Just Energy System – PHOENIX” funded by The Strategic Research Council (SRC), an independent body of the Research Council of Finland. The project is implemented by Lahti-Lappeenranta University of Technology (consortium leader), University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland, University of Tampere and Institute for Economic Research. The position will be supervised by Associate Professor Mirja Mikkilä (Forest sciences), Post doctoral researcher Jenni Miettinen (Economics and Management) and Prof. emer. Markku Ollikainen (Economics and Management) at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.

PHOENIX-consortium seeks to assess how the benefits and costs of the energy system are distributed in Finland and design solutions, actions and policies that would support a more equitable distribution. PHOENIX addresses resiliency of the energy system and the sectors of the society impacted by the green energy transition, such as manufacturing, rural areas, and energy end users. It explores new energy solutions that strengthen resiliency.

Within the sub-project of the University of Helsinki the open vacancy focuses on the net positive forest industry. Net positive industry refers to industrial operations that are more positive than negative overall, and especially regarding the relationship between the industry and environment. The appointee’s main task is to examine the ability of the forest industry, one of the main manufacturing sectors in Finland, to adapt to the green transition. The forest industry has two key environmental challenges: climate and biodiversity impacts of its wood use and energy inputs reliant on wood-based side streams. The appointee is expected to be able to conduct economic analysis of the adapting sector including empirical analysis using economic optimization models.

Doctoral researcher: We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled researcher with a Master’s degree and experience in economics, environmental economics, forest economics, natural resource economics, or related field.

 A successful candidate should be able to:

  • Identify, design, conduct, analyze and report research within the scope of the project.
  • Contribute to undergraduate student supervision and teaching within the department.
  • Engage with the scientific community, research partners and the wider public, internationally and domestically through scientific publications, conference presentations, press releases, blogs etc.

The candidate is expected to have the following educational and technical skills, and experiences:

  • A relevant Master’s degree including experience in economics, environmental economics, forest economics, or natural resource economics.
  • Fluency in English and excellent writing skills.
  • Interest towards both theoretical and numerical economic modelling of the pulp and paper industry.
  • Programming skills (e.g. Matlab) are considered as an advantage.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Interest in basic and applied science.
  • Excellent analytical and innovative research planning skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experienced in working within multicultural and multidisciplinary teams.
  • High motivation for academic research, having initiative and capable of working independently as well as in team environments.
  • Values continuous improvement based on constructive evaluation, self-reflection and learning.

The appointee should either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment or apply for the right and obtain it within the probationary period of six months of their appointment. If the candidate does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, it must be applied for separately, please see:

The starting salary of the Doctoral researcher will be based on level 2 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary of the Doctoral researcher will be ca. 2200-2400 euros/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience. A six-month trial period will be applied.

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, unemployment and pension fund, a generous holiday package, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. A six-month trial period will be applied.


Please submit your application as A SINGLE PDF FILE in English using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System.

  • A cover letter explaining your motivation for the research work and a short research plan (e.g. approach, research materials and methods) (up to 3 pages).
  • Curriculum vitae showing your education, completed qualifications, work experience, possible list of publications and contact information of 2 persons for references (up to 3 pages).
  • Copies of Master's, and Bachelor's degree certificates and official transcripts of the records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English.
  • External applicants, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply Now button.

    Applicants who have a username and a valid employment contract, a grant researcher's contract or a visiting researcher's contract at the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by using the Employee Login button.

    The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

    The closing date for applications is 2 January 2024 at 23:59 EET.

    Further information

    About us

    The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is located on the Viikki campus, ten kilometres from the Helsinki city centre. The mission of the faculty is to promote the sustainable use of renewable natural resources through scientific research and research-based teaching. We focus on agricultural and forest sciences, food and nutrition, microbiology, as well as on economics and management. We cover the full natural resource chain from farm to fork, the entire field of forest sciences from soil chemistry to marketing, as well as the environmental effects of related activities. Graduates from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry are versatile experts in biosciences and business, able to meet the needs of both the business sector and society at large.

    The Department of Forest Sciences is a unit under the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, which employs over 100 individuals. The Department conducts research of a high international standard in the forest sciences and provides the highest education based on this research. The focus areas of the Department’s research and teaching are forest ecology and forest resource management as well as forest economics, business and society. The goal of the Department’s multidisciplinary operations is to provide teaching in the sustainability and sustainable use of forests, as well as conduct related scholarly research and public engagement. The Faculty grants Bachelor and Master of Science (Agriculture and Forestry) degrees, as well as Doctor of Science (Agriculture and Forestry) degrees in the University’s doctoral programmes. The Department’s degree programmes have roughly 350 undergraduate and 60 postgraduate students. The Department of Forest Sciences is active in its public engagement and it has a long history of successful collaboration with research institutes in the field, other universities, public administration and businesses both nationally and internationally.

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