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Doctoral Researcher, Monitoring Team

Helsinki, Finland
Closing date
11 Jul 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, Luomus, is inviting applications for a fixed term (four years)

Doctoral Researcher  

position on the project ‘Cumulative and interactive responses of species to climate change’. The preferred starting time is 1 September 2024. 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.

About the position

The duties of the PhD researcher will include:

  • Working with large-scale bird monitoring data
  • Write a PhD thesis 
  • Collaboration in an international research group


The applicants must hold a MSc degree in biology including studies in ecology. Experience in working with large datasets, monitoring data, knowledge on bird ecology as well as climate change biology and inclination to team work are considered further assets. Proficiency in English is essential.

The doctoral researcher will evaluate the relative importance of different strategies, including abundance changes, phenology and morphology for bird species in adapting and responding to climate change. The analyses will cover large scale analyses along the climatic gradient from Finland to Spain during both breeding and winter seasons. The project is funded by the Research Council Finland.

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 by 11.7.2024 23:59 (EEST) 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:

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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