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Research Scientist, post doc, Geopolitics of Natural Resources Governance - Natural Resources Institute Finland

We are looking for a postdoc to study the interaction between geopolitics and natural resource governance in the green transition context. Fields of science suitable for the task include e.g. political science, environmental policy or future research.

The EU is seeking to cut its dependency on Russian fossil fuels and accelerate the transition to clean energy. To this end, the EU has launched the REPowerEU plan, which is part of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The Recovery and Resilience plan is part of Finland's Sustainable Growth Programme, which accelerates reforms and investments. The Natural Resources Institute Finland's RePower project examines the interaction between global geopolitics and natural resource management as part of the green transition.

Recent years have shown that geopolitical development increasingly conditions the governance and policies on fossil-based but also renewable natural resources. Hence, in current geopolitical era the planning and orchestrating green transition in societies needs to adapt to geopolitical realities and align with policies such as the EU’s strategic autonomy, national self-sufficiency, and security of supply. Within this context we seek a postdoctoral researcher who is expected to focus on the interplay between global geopolitics and the governance of natural resources in the context of green transition. A researcher would focus on geopolitical drivers and influence on international, national, and regional strategies towards transition to sustainability.

Key responsibilities:
• Conduct comprehensive research and analysis on the geopolitics of natural resources, focusing on Finnish context but in close relation to the EU's strategic objectives regarding self-sufficiency and security of supply.
• Engage with policymakers, industry stakeholders, and academic circles to advocate for informed and sustainable natural resource governance policies which acknowledge geopolitical trends and development.
• Collaborate with interdisciplinary research in LUKE to integrate geopolitical analysis into broader discussions on sustainability, economic development, and international relations.
• Participate on drawing a roadmap towards emerging renewable energy systems in Finland from perspective of geopolitical conditions and realities

Our expectations of the applicant

Successfully managing the task requires:
• Doctoral degree in International Relations, Political Science, Environmental Policy, Future studies or a related field.
• Demonstrated expertise in geopolitics, natural resource governance, and policy analysis, with a specific focus on the EU and Finnish contexts.
• Good track record of publications and research in relevant areas and excellent analytical, writing, and communication skills.
• Academic proficiency in English is mandatory and Finnish language is considered as an asset.

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


Mikko Weckroth
Senior Scientist, Research Manager
+358 29 532 2723
Jyrki Aakkula
Development Manager
+358 29 532 6045
Ulla Ovaska
Group Manager, Senior Scientist
+358 29 532 6418

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.

    Helsinki, Joensuu

    You can work at one of our following locations

  • Helsinki
    Latokartanonkaari 9
    00790 Helsinki
  • Joensuu
    Yliopistokatu 6 b
    80100 Joensuu
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    Other information related to the task

  • Other information about the job: The office is Helsinki, Joensuu or another Luke's office as agreed.
  • 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 6 months.
  • Basis of remuneration: The position is at complexity level 9 in Luke's salary system and the position-specific salary is EUR 3 910,89 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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