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Research Scientist, Climate change impact and adaptation in northern agriculture - Luonnonvarakeskus

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), group of Ecosystems and Modelling, seeks a researcher to work in the field of climate change impacts and adaptation in northern agriculture.

We invite applications for a 3-year researcher position (Postdoctoral or postgraduate level) in Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) in the group of Ecosystems and modelling to work in the field of climate change impacts and adaptation in northern agriculture. The successful candidate will join our various multidisciplinary research projects and will be integrated in our national and international collaboration networks. The researcher will conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with Luke’s strategies.

The researcher will advance the development of agroecosystem modelling and novel model-data fusion with an aim to enhance the development of sustainable and climate-resilient northern farming systems. The work involves significant collaboration with the other research team members and project collaborators.

Our expectations of the applicant

The applicant should have a PhD or MSc degree in agronomy, agro-meteorology, atmospheric sciences, environmental engineering, environmental sciences, systems modelling, mathematics or in a related discipline. Candidates with prior experience in process-based ecosystem modelling will be given a priority. Strong programming skills (e.g., Python or R) are expected and experience in data science, machine learning or remote sensing in the agricultural context are valued. Proficiency in written and oral English is a necessity in our international research team and with our collaborative network. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills and motivation to work in multidisciplinary, regionally dispersed research teams. She/he has a publication record that corresponds with his/her career stage. Experience in acquiring competitive research funding is regarded 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


Taru Palosuo
Principal Scientist
+358 40 186 9114

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 6 months.
  • Basis of remuneration: The position is at complexity level 8 in Luke's salary system and the position-specific salary is EUR 3512,13 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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