Doctoral Researcher in Forest Sciences

Updated: 6 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 18 Apr 2023

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of a Doctoral Researcher to work at the Department of Forest Sciences.

The research area is not tightly defined, but any topic on tree structure and forest carbon dynamics from local to global scale is possible if it interests both the Doctoral Researcher and the supervisor, Markku Larjavaara


We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled person who would like to pursue a PhD in forest sciences. The successful candidate has an MSc degree in forest sciences, ecology, geography, mathematics, computer science, engineering, statistics, or another suitable field.

The initial contract is for eighteen months starting e.g. on 1 May 2023. 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 salary of the successful candidate 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 researcher will be ca. 2300 euros per month before taxes. A six-month trial period will be applied.


Applicants are requested to enclose with their application the following documents in English. Please compile documents as a single PDF file named familyname_givenname:

  • Cover letter with less than 200 words
  • CV (including topic of MSc thesis and potential other publications)
  • Copies of BSc and/or MSc degree certificates
  • Please submit your application as a single pdf file using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System.

    External applicants, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply Now (Hae nyt) link.

    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 (Työntekijän kirjautuminen).

    The deadline for applications is 18 April 2023 (at 23.59 EET).

    The University of Helsinki welcomes applications from representatives of different genders, language and cultural backgrounds, and minorities.


    Additional information can be obtained Associate Professor Markku Larjavaara ( )

    If you need assistance with the recruitment portal, please contact HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen (mirkka.juntunen(at) )

    About us:

    The Department of Forest Sciences is a unit under the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, which employs circa 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.

    The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is located on the green Viikki campus of University of Helsinki. 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.

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