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Doctoral Researcher, Helsinki Lab of Ornithology

Helsinki, Finland
Closing date
20 Jun 2024

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Academic Discipline
Biological Sciences, Life sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Postdocs
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Finnish Museum of Natural History is inviting applications for a fixed term (3 years)

Doctoral Researcher 

position on the project ‘Habitat tracking for conservation of huntable bird species’. The preferred starting time is 1 October 2024. Deadline for applications: 20 June 2024. The Doctoral Researcher will be based in the Monitoring Team in the Zoology Unit.

About the position

The duties of the Doctoral Researcher will include:

  • Working with large-scale bird monitoring data
  • Writing a PhD thesis 
  • Collaboration in an international consortium of ‘HABITRACK’.

The PhD will be about modelling species distribution areas and habitat use using large-scale European survey and tracking data. The aim is to define priority areas for conservation now and in the future for 14 huntable species. The position is part of EU funding HABITRACK consortium led by the National Museum of Natural History Paris.

The Doctoral Researcher will be working in study group of the Helsinki Lab of Ornithology, which is part of the Monitoring Team of the Zoology Unit in the The Finnish Museum of Natural History.


The applicant must hold a MSc degree in biology including studies in ecology. Proficiency in English is essential.
Experience in the following areas are considered further assets:

  • working with large datasets
  • tracking data
  • species distribution modelling
  • knowledge on game species and bird ecology as well as conservation biology
  • inclination to team work 

What do we offer?

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including preventive occupational health services and general medical care, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. Luomus is an equal opportunity working place committed to advance wellbeing and diversity and promote gender equality in science and education. We welcome applicants from a variety of genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and minorities. 

The gross monthly starting salary will be 2600–2700€ and it is based on the salary system of the Finnish universities. There is a six-month trial period for the position.

The appointee is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki. The University assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland. Finland is a very family-friendly country with generous parental leaves, very affordable state-subsidized daycare that is available for all children, as well as world-renowned free primary education and public healthcare. Finland has also been nominated as the happiest country in the world four times in a row.   

How to apply?

Applicants are requested to submit their application via the Apply now button. The application should be a single PDF file which includes the following documents in English:

  • Statement of interest for applying this position (maximum length of one page)
  • CV
  • List of publications

Employees of the University of Helsinki must submit their applications through the SAP Fiori portal:
Deadline for applications is 20 June 2024.  

Further information:

For questions and further information, please contact Dr Aleksi Lehikoinen, group leader of the Helsinki Lab of Ornithology, email: aleksi.lehikoinen[at]

For questions regarding the recruitment system please contact HR: hr-erla[at]

About the Finnish Museum of Natural History

The Finnish Museum of Natural History is an independent institute of the University of Helsinki and the national museum in the field of natural history in Finland. The duties of the museum are to amass, maintain and display its collections, and to conduct related research in biology, geology and natural sciences including isotopic/chronological studies. The collections serve research, teaching, and public education, and form part of the international network of natural history repositories. The museum has five units: Botany and Mycology, Zoology, Earth Sciences, Biodiversity Informatics, and Public Engagement. The institute has a staff of c. 160 and manages natural history collections of c. 13.6 million specimens and datasets of c. 47 million observations. The Zoology Unit has a staff of about 60 persons including both permanent and temporary employees. 

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