Research Professor in Silviculture

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 24 Nov 2020

About the workplace

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation working to promote bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. We provide solutions and services to our customers based on best available scientific knowledge. Our research results and services generate added value and sustainability as well as scientific evidence to support decision making. We carry out research on forestry, agriculture, food, game, and fisheries. We also perform statutory services.

Being open-minded and curious and having a strong will to leave a positive mark to the world binds Luke people together. Together we build a positive working culture where each other’s work is highly respected. In Luke, the work assignments are versatile and employees can influence the content of their work. We work in a mobile work culture which gives you the possibility to work from wherever it suits you the best. Luke offers a multidisciplinary international research environment with unique research infrastructures, experimental sites and well-equipped laboratories.

Work tasks

The research area of professorship in forest silviculture involves the basis and methods of forest regeneration and sustainable forest management as well as forest ecology and forest tree physiology. It includes high-quality research of tree seed crops, artificial and natural forest regeneration and young stand treatment supporting sustainable forest management in the boreal region under changing climate and in relation to biodiversity conservation.

The research themes cover:
- forest tree seed crops and seed procurement and requirements for natural regeneration under alternative forest management regimes,
- production of sustainable seed and seedling material and development of cost-efficient regeneration operations (soil preparation, planting, young stand operations) while taking into account environmental and biodiversity aspects,
- dynamics of regeneration and early growth of forests under alternative forest management regimes,
- development of forest management models, decision support tools and practices for forest reproduction starting from seed up to young stand management considering also the whole stand rotation

The research professor also participates in development of national and international research and networks, as well as enhancing cooperation with stakeholders and the dissemination of knowledge.

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The position requires excellent problem-solving, communication and international academic leadership skills, proved capacity to apply for external funding and capacity to cooperate with clients including ministry staff, industry, other agencies, NGOs and forest owners.

The research professor (tenure track: associate or full professor) should have a doctoral degree in forest science with special emphasis on silviculture, forest ecology, forest tree physiology, forest regeneration, young stand management or equivalent. High-quality scientific publication record is essential. Strong methodological skills on field research and comprehensive understanding on forest regeneration dynamics are essential, while expertise in modelling, use of geographic information and other are seen as advantages.

We expect that the research professor develops a research plan with an aim to enhance Luke's expertise in this field and to increase Luke's impact. The research professor should also participate in the supervision of researchers as well as in researcher training. The research professor is expected to build a strong research project portfolio, actively collaborate with academic and industrial players and stimulate active use of research results by beneficiaries. The research professor is also expected to have established international networks and to be actively engaged in national and international collaborations. The research professor should have strong track record in managing and leading international research projects, building attractive research environments, acquiring external funding, and in publishing and disseminating scientific results.

Scope of employment

Form of employment: Temporary employment

Scope:   Office work

Commencement:   01/07/2021or according to a contract.

Time-limited to:   30/06/2026Nature of the position

An applicant who has previously been elected as a professor at a university for the time being may be appointed as a research professor to a permanent position in Luke.


Last application date:   24/11/2020 16:00

Reference number:   30-380-2020

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You may also apply for this position by submitting your application to the address below. The job reference of the role must be cited both in the actual application and on the envelope. Applications will not be returned.

Luonnonvarakeskuksen kirjaamo
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki, FINLAND

The following documents should be enclosed with the application:
• A complete curriculum vitae (including full name, date and place of birth, nationality, current residence, education and degrees awarded, linguistic skills, current and previous positions, major research funding obtained, research leadership, list of supervised PhDs and postdoctoral researchers, other academic merits, number of peer-reviewed articles, H-index, total citations and average citation per item) maximum 10 pages.
• A complete list of publications (with citations and impact factors) and copies of ten selected publications most relevant for the professorship
• Summary of research activities carried out so far including aspects of customer interphase work, societal impact of research, and the dissemination of research results (maximum two pages)
• A research plan and ambitions as a research professor (maximum five pages)
• Names and contact information of three referees.


 The position is at complexity level 12 - 13 in Luke's salary system. Therefore, the position-specific salary component is EUR 5 002,26 - 5 650,29 per month. In addition to the position-specific salary component, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. It can be at most 50% of the position-specific salary component. The applicant may also
present a separate salary request.


Number of positions advertised:   1

Contact person

Antti AsikainenExecutive Vice President, Research+358 29 532


Natural Resources Institute Finland
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki


Natural Resources Institute Finland
Yliopistokatu 6
80100 Joensuu


Please note that the application period expires on 24 November 2020 at 4.00 pm (time in Finland, UTC + 2). Unfortunately, we are unable to consider late applications.

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