Doc­toral Stu­dent, Department of Agricultural Sciences

Helsinki, Finland
22 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

An in­terest in Per­form­ing Research in the Area of Iden­ti­fic­a­tion and Map­ping in­vas­ive Spe­cies Among Cul­tiv­ated Crops

The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. The University of Helsinki has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members, and it offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.

The internationally competitive research of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry ( provides science-based perspectives and methods for responding to future challenges in agriculture, food production and forestry in Finland as well as globally. The Department of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for


with an interest in performing research in the area of identification and mapping invasive species among cultivated crops. The employment is scheduled to commence in November 2020. The funding is applied on yearly basis and the project is planned to last at least three years. The work will be conducted in the Agrotechnology research group ( The purpose of the doctoral research is to assess detectability of chosen invasive species using remotely sensed datasets with differing spectral, spatial and temporal resolutions, permitting assessment of feasibility and effectiveness of detecting each species.
Depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience, the salary is 2200–3000 euros/month. A trial period of 6 months will be applied.


  • Applicant should have a strong academic record with a background in software and analytical techniques, computation, remote sensing, and machine learning.
  • Good programming skills are expected, for example, MATLAB and Python.
  • Prior knowledge of unmanned aerial drones (UAVs) is desired
  • Applicant is expected to be able to act independently as well as to collaborate effectively with members of a larger team.
  • Eligibility for doctoral studies. Fluency in spoken and written English is required.

Applications for the position should include:

  1. A cover letter (max 1 page) potentially including a brief description of previous research experience, outline of research skills, and a description how these skills support the project focus areas.
  2. A CV including possible list of publications, as well as full contact information for at least two references (max 2 pages).
  3. A copy of M.Sc. diploma (or equivalent) and a transcript of completed credits.

Please compile all documents into a single PDF file in the above-specified order. Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for submitting the application is 18th October, 2020.

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor Antti Lajunen by email: antti.lajunen(at)

In case you need technical support with the recruitment system, please contact sari.aaltonen(at)

Due date

18.10.2020 23:59 EEST