Postdoctoral Researcher in Multibenefit solutions to climate-smart agriculture (MULTA)


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The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of a


for a fixed-term of two years (with a possibility for an extension) from June 2020 onwards (or as agreed) to work in a Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland funded project MULTA (Multi-benefit solutions to climate-smart agriculture) and in HiLIFE Grand Challenge Climsage (Climate-smart Northern Agriculture). MULTA is part of Finnish CarbonAction project ( that aims to implement the international 4permille initiative ( in Finland. The postdoctoral researcher will join a multidisciplinary team to study soil carbon sequestration and climate impacts of agricultural practices with a strong focus on soil processes of carbon stabilization.

The aims of the consortium are to 1) design climate-smart agricultural solutions that are widely beneficial to food systems, 2) test their practical application, 3) understand C stabilization processes and develop a verification system for the carbon sequestration and other climate impacts to be used in policy and markets, and 4) develop economic measures and policies to promote the implementation of these solutions in Finland and abroad.

Do you want to be part in solving the questions about stable carbon in soils? Tasks of the postdoctoral researcher will be 1) to plan and participate in state-of-the-art laboratory and field experiments on C sequestration and development of soil C analytics, 2) to analyze data, report and present scientific findings, and 3) to take an active role in group work and supervision of students to guarantee direct interplay between the experimental work and modelling.

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher with a Ph.D. in the subject area in biogeochemistry, chemistry, soil science, or other relevant fields. We value experience in using and developing methods for stable carbon indicators in the soil as well as willingness to utilize new tools to evaluate carbon stabilization processes. Also, experience in supervising MSc and/or PhD students, an excellent publication record and the ability to work independently as part of a multidisciplinary research group are essential.

This project has tight collaboration with consortium partners at the Finnish Meteorological Institute and Natural Resources Institute Finland and belongs to the HiLIFE (Helsinki Institute of Life Science) Grand Challenge “Climate-Smart Northern Agriculture (Climsage)”, and it is linked to recently funded new infrastructure project on Climate-smart Northern Agriculture (INAR RI Agriculture) of the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR). We offer an internationally competitive package and access to state-of-the-art infrastructures (such as INAR RI Agriculture, ICOS, Integrated Carbon Observation System,

The salary of the appointee will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary will be between 3200-3600 eur/month, depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. Occupational health care services and standard Finnish pension benefits are provided for University employees. There is a six-month trial period for the position.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents (please compile all documents as a single pdf file):
1) CV
2) motivation letter
3) publication list, and
4) a minimum of two references

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2020. The position can be filled in June 2020, or as soon as suitable for the appointee. The duration of the funding period is 24 months with a possibility for an extension.

For additional information, please contact Associate Professor Mari Pihlatie, mari.pihlatie(at) or docent Jussi Heinonsalo, jussi.heinonsalo(at)

Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Coordinator Sari Aaltonen, sari.aaltonen(at)

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31.05.2020 23:59 EEST

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