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University of Helnsinki Postdoctoral Researcher in Impacts of Climate Change

The Department of Geosciences and Geography provides excellent working conditions and a friendly atmosphere. The research project is integrated in interdisciplinary national and international research projects (EU, Nordic networks, Academy of Finland). The University of Helsinki carries out research of an internationally high standard. The University of Helsinki has regularly been ranked among Europe’s top 10 to 15 universities on worldwide ranking lists of research universities.

Project Description
University of Helsinki looking for a talented and highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher, for a three-year position (2011-2013), based within the Department of Geosciences and Geography at the University of Helsinki. The appointee will participate full-time in a project “Impacts of climate change on Arctic vegetation and biodiversity” funded by the Academy of Finland. This project will 1) investigate dynamics and the main drivers of recent changes in the Arctic vegetation; 2) threats caused by climate change to Arctic plant diversity, and 3) develop projections of the changes in the Arctic plant biomass patterns under future climates.

The project will focus on subarctic and alpine ecosystems of the northernmost Europe and Eurasia. The project has defined key goals, but there is substantial room for independent and collaborative exploration of related topics in biogeography, macroecology, remote sensing and spatial modeling. The project will require the appointee to carry out field work in the summer months.

The starting salary will be 3 200 € per month.

Eligibility Requirement

The candidate is requested to:

  1. have a Ph.D. with research experience in either physical geography, ecology or comparable fields
  2. have profound understanding in multivariate data analysis and spatial modelling
  3. show excellent writing and speaking skills in English
  4. have knowledge on the Arctic/Alpine vegetation, remote sensing and global change impact modelling
  5. be motivated to carry out field studies in high-latitude environment for several days.

Please send a CV, a brief statement of research interests, letter of motivation, and the names and contact information of three references to Professor Miska Luoto, geo-office[at] We would like the appointee to start the position on January-March, 2011.

Deadline for applications is October 29, 2010 at 3.45pm.

Contact details and further information:

Miska Luoto, Professor in physical geography
Department of Geosciences and Geography
P.O. Box 64
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
Tel +358-9-19150768
Fax +358-9-19150760
Email: miska.luoto[at]


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