About the workplace: Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation working to promote bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. We provide solutions and services to our customers based on best available scientific knowledge.

Our research results and services generate added value and sustainability as well as scientific evidence to support decision making. We carry out research on forestry, agriculture, food, game, and fisheries. We also perform statutory services.

Being open-minded and curious and having a strong will to leave a positive mark to the world binds Luke people together. Together we build a positive working culture where each other’s work is highly respected. In Luke, the work assignments are versatile and employees can influence the content of their work. We work in a mobile work culture which gives you the possibility to work from wherever in Finland it suits you the best. Luke offers a multidisciplinary international research environment with unique research infrastructures, experimental sites and well-equipped laboratories.

Work tasks The multidisciplinary Forest Health and Biodiversity group is searching for a motivated researcher with excellent understanding on forest biodiversity indicators in old and/or managed boreal forests.

An entomologist specialized in the Nordic fauna of insect group(s) relevant in conservation and community ecology is preferred, but experts of vascular plants, lichens, mosses or other taxonomic groups will also be considered. Research in forest biodiversity is one of the central issues in the strategy of Luke. The group has several research and customer relationship projects underway and in preparation.

The successful candidate will utilize his/her education and experience to lead the design, set up, management and analysis of field inventory and laboratory studies. The researcher will have the responsibility to lead the groups customer work, which ranges from literature- and data-based assessments to targeted biodiversity inventories and laboratory research.

We also expect the person to take an active role in applying for external funding, and active societal outreach and networking.

General requirements A personnel security clearance may be obtained for a person chosen for an office or a post with his or her consent (Security Clearance Act 726/2014). For more information on the security clearance procedure and the rights of the person subject to clearance.

Qualifications The person to be appointed has a doctoral degree in forest ecology, biology, or related field, and has an excellent understanding on forest biodiversity indicators in old and/or managed boreal forests. We prefer experience in forest entomology but will also consider experts of other taxonomic groups as listed above. Good knowledge in forest management, its relationship with biodiversity and habitat dynamics is required. Expertise of policy instruments on forest biodiversity, data analysis, and molecular biological methods are considered as assets.

Competence in scientific writing must be shown by a good publication record. Evidence of successful procurement of external funding, and a demonstrated ability to lead and perform research projects are expected in the position. In practice, success in the position calls also for active collaboration and networking skills with private and public sectors.

Scope of employment Form of employment : Temporary employment Scope : Office work Commencement : 1.9.2023 Time-limited to : 31.8.2026
Type of work, project work


Last application date: 4.8.2023 16.00 Reference number : 30-244-2023 You may also apply for this position by submitting your application to the address below. The job reference of the role must be cited both in the actual application and on the envelope. Applications will not be returned. Luonnonvarakeskuksen kirjaamo
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki, FINLAND Please attach your CV and application letter.

Salary Type : The position is at complexity level 8-9 in Luke’s salary system and the position-specific salary is EUR 3426,47 – 3815,50 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.

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). Employment: Number of positions advertised : 1

Contact: Riikka Linnakoski: Group Manager; riikka.linnakoski@luke.fi


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