Research Professor, Ecosystem Modelling – Forests and Peatlands

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    Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
    Agricultural sciencesForest sciences
    Biological sciencesOther
    Environmental scienceEcology
    Environmental scienceOther
    Established Researcher (R3)
    15/07/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Finland › Helsinki


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.

Luke employs around 45 top research professors in their field. Luke’s Professor Policy ensures transparency, predictability and international comparability in professor recruitments. For new employees coming from abroad Luke offers relocation packages which means a remarkable help in immigration and settling in Finland. An important asset for research at Luke is the multidisciplinary, innovative and ambitious researcher community and the availability of a wide range of technical staff. Our Intercultural Community offers possibilities to share experiences and competence, and supports the development of internationality in Luke.

Work tasks

The research area of the research professor in forest and peatland ecosystem modelling involves understanding of ecosystem processes and capacity to develop dynamic process-based models that are applicable for analyses on ecosystem responses to changes in management and environmental conditions. Model approaches should accommodate to further integration of environmental and socio-economic impact assessment.

The work should contribute to studies on ecosystem productivity and resilience with advances in integration of the above and belowground ecosystem processes (incl. microbiome drivers of greenhouse gas fluxes), biogeochemistry and hydrology. Developed models should contribute e.g. to precision forestry, sustainable forest and peatland management, supporting ecosystem service production and biodiversity, greenhouse gas inventory, forest monitoring, and economic analyses (incl. life cycle assessment) in forestry and facilitate informed strategy choices and decision-making in land-use planning and policy.

The research professor should build advanced opensource models that especially address boreal soil processes including greenhouse gas fluxes of peat soils and integrate the empirical open access data sources together with Lukes long-term monitoring data to ecosystem process modelling piggybacking on existing models and model co-development in Luke.

The person nominated in the position is expected to actively develop the strategic orientation of ambitious research projects, lead the development of large-scale international project entities, develop and scientifically lead a strong research group in the field of research at Luke, secure long-term broad-based funding, interact with relevant national and international stakeholders and promote the application and dissemination of research results.

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The research professor (tenure track: associate or full professor) should have a doctoral degree in a relevant field, like earth system science, forestry, statistics, applied ecology, or related field. The key competence of research professor is to master relevant methodologies applicable in ecosystem modelling and yielding mechanistic understanding of the ecosystem processes at a scale relevant to management operations and environmental pressures. We appreciate state-of-the art professional programming skills, capacity for spatial data integration to process understanding and advanced knowledge e.g. on Bayesian calibration, data assimilation, inversion mathematics, and system analysis.

The position requires excellent problem-solving, communication and international academic leadership skills and proved capacity to build multidisciplinary research consortium that are competent in raising international research funding. Candidates must demonstrate a capacity to undertake innovative, high quality research, to build research networks, and to publish in highly cited peer-reviewed international research journals.


Scope of employment

Form of employment: Temporary employment

Scope:   Office work

Commencement:   01/04/2022or according to a contract.

Time-limited to:   31/03/2027Nature 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:   15/07/2021 16:00

Reference number:   30-294-2021

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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

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 post doctoral 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 5 140.65 - 5 805.06 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 3250antti.asikainen@luke.fi




Natural Resources Institute Finland
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki



Please note that the application period expires on July 15, 2021 at 4.00 pm (time in Finland, UTC + 3). Unfortunately, we are unable to consider late applications.

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Required Research Experiences

    Agricultural sciences
    4 - 10
    Biological sciences
    4 - 10
    Environmental science
    4 - 10
    Environmental science
    4 - 10
Work location(s)
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Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
Latokartanonkaari 9

EURAXESS offer ID: 642687
Posting organisation offer ID: 158835


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