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Research Scientist, doctoral researcher, biological control of conifer root rot - Natural Resources Institute Finland

A PhD researcher position in the VIROVEC project “Towards practical virocontrol against Heterobasidion spp. using a new vector”.

Luke invites applications for a researcher position in a multidisciplinary Forest Health and Biodiversity -group. The researcher will mostly work in the VIROVEC project funded by the Natural Resources Research Foundation (; “Towards practical virocontrol against Heterobasidion spp. using a new vector”). Funding for the project is provided in the form of one-year research grants with an opportunity for a three-year total duration. The researcher's task is to investigate the possibilities of using a new vector for transmitting a fungal virus found suitable for the biological control of Heterobasidion spp. root rot fungi. The research will be conducted in accordance with the approved research plan and will include both laboratory and greenhouse or field experiments. The researcher's tasks will include the implementation of experiments as well as scientific reporting and research communication and networking. The research carried out during the project can be used in a Doctoral thesis supervised by the project Principal Investigator and the results will also be published as scientific peer-reviewed publications, of which the hired researcher has the main writing responsibility.

Our expectations of the applicant

Required qualifications include a Master’s degree or an equivalent academic level of competence and expertise in molecular biology, microbiology and laboratory techniques. Knowledge on forest pathology, mycology and virology is considered an advantage. The applicant should be capable of both independent work and teamwork as part of a multidisciplinary research group. We also require the applicant to have good oral and written communication skills and English language skills, and success in previous studies.

Benefits Our mobile work model allows you to work in Finland in the location most appropriate for your work. In addition, we provide flexible hours, and as your employment with us continues, long vacations. We offer lunch benefits, as well as sports, culture or commuting support.

For international recruits, we provide a relocation package, which includes concrete support for coming to Finland and Luke (eg. residence permit, various registration procedures, banking and taxation, finding an apartment).

The person selected for the position might need to undergo standard security clearance vetting with the applicant’s consent (Security Clearance Act 726/2014). More detailed information on the procedure and the subject's rights is available at


Eeva Vainio
Research Manager, Principal Scientist, available on weekdays cl 8-16.15
+358 29 532 5410
Riikka Linnakoski
Group Manager, Forest Health and Biodiversity, available on weekdays cl 8-16.15
+358 29 532 2289

How to apply

Primarily, we request applicants to submit their applications electronically via the service. However, you can also apply for this job by delivering your application to the Registry Office’s postal address. Both the application and the envelope must feature the ID number of the position applied for. The letter must be delivered by the end of the application period.

  • The Registry of Natural Resources Institute Finland

    The Registry of Natural Resources Institute Finland
    Latokartanonkaari 9
    00790 Helsinki, Finland

  • Organization

    Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research and expert organisation that builds sustainable future and well-being from renewable natural resources. Through research, we create value and solutions for our customers and society by solving local and global challenges.

    Being open-minded, curious, and having a strong will to make a positive impact in the world bind Luke people together. We value our diverse working community consisting of people with different backgrounds and cultures and promote equality. Sustainability is included in all our operations.


    You can work at one of our following locations

  • Helsinki
    Latokartanonkaari 9
    00790 Helsinki
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    Other information related to the task

  • Employment group: Specialists
  • Remote work: Possibility to work remotely
  • About working remote: Mobile work is used at Luke. This means that work is performed where it suits best. Mobile work is only possible within Finland, and the practices of mobile work are agreed with the supervisor. We also meet regularly face-to-face.
  • Reason for a fixed-term job: Nature of work
  • Working time format: Office working hours
  • Trial period: A trial period is 4 months.
  • Basis of remuneration: The position is at complexity level 6 in Luke's salary system and the position-specific salary is EUR 2 944,19 per month. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid (max. 50% of the position-specific salary). A new employee's personal performance component depends on competence and experience and generally falls in the range of 15-20 %. The applicant may also present a separate salary request.
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