Research Scientist, forest nutrition

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 02 Mar 2021

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 in the position is focused on forest nutrition management on mineral and peat soils. The major aim is to understand the potential and find tools, through research and development, for increasing biomass production and forest vitality by improving forest nutrition in a sustainable way.

The research work is based on the analyses of the results of empirical and modelling studies focusing on the effects of nutrition management on forest growth and forest ecosystem functioning and the environmental impacts in changing climatic conditions. The research results will be transferred into practice by developing forest nutrition management practices and decision- making tools. Researcher will work in a multi-disciplinary international research team and communicate with stakeholders.


A person to be appointed has a doctoral degree in forest sciences or other relevant discipline. In practice, success in the position requires skills and knowledge of forest ecosystem nutrient dynamics at tree, stand and landscape level and of environmental impacts of forest fertilization. Understanding of forest and ecological modelling and statistical methods used for analyses of empirical data are required in the work. The appointed person needs strong track record in applying and receiving research funding, managing research projects and in publishing scientific results. Funding collaboration with companies and other stakeholders is an advantage. We expect initiative and willingness to work in international multi-disciplinary research team and to communicate with research partners and stakeholders.

Scope of employment

Form of employment: Permanent employment

Scope:   Office work

Commencement:   01/04/2021


Last application date:   02/03/2021 16:00

Reference number:   30-124-2021

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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

Please note that the application period expires on 2 March 2021 at 4.00 pm (time in Finland, UTC + 2). Unfortunately, we are unable to consider late applications.


 The position is at complexity level 9-13 in Luke's salary system. Therefore, the position-specific salary component is EUR 3,579.47-5,650.29 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

Timo SaksaGroup Manager+358 29 532


Natural Resources Institute Finland
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki


Natural Resources Institute Finland
Yliopistokatu 6
80100 Joensuu


Natural Resources Institute Finland
Paavo Havaksen tie 3
90014 Oulun yliopisto


Natural Resources Institute Finland
Ounasjoentie 6
96200 Rovaniemi


Natural Resources Institute Finland
Vipusenkuja 6
57200 Savonlinna


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