Postdoctoral Researcher, CarbonAction

Helsinki, Finland
16 Mar 2023
14 Apr 2023
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of a POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER to work in research projects tightly connected to Finnish CarbonAction project ( that aims to implement the international 4permille initiative ( in Finland.

The aims of the CarbonAction are to 1) design climate-smart agricultural solutions that are widely beneficial to food systems, 2) test their practical applications, 3) understand carbon (C) stabilization processes and develop a verification system for the carbon sequestration and other climate impacts to be used in policy and markets, and 4) develop economic measures and policies to promote the implementation of these solutions in Finland and abroad.

The postdoctoral researcher will join a multidisciplinary team to study soil carbon sequestration and climate impacts of agricultural practices with a strong focus on soil processes of carbon stabilization and C stock changes in different agricultural management practices. This project has tight collaboration with several national in international collaborators through the abovementioned network.

Do you want to be part in solving the questions about stable carbon in soils?

Tasks of the postdoctoral researcher will be

  1. to participate in field experiments on C sequestration both in sampling and sample preparation as well as C analysis (during the first 6-12 months)
  2. supervise assisting personnel in abovementioned tasks
  3. to analyze soil C data, report and present scientific findings, and
  4. to take an active role in group work and supervision of students to guarantee direct interplay between the experimental work and modelling. This task includes collaboration with researchers in other institutes.

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher with following requirements:

  • PhD degree in a suitable field (e.g. soil science, soil chemistry, microbiology, soil and environmental science, forest soil science)
  • proven experience in soil C analysis and willingness to utilize new tools to evaluate carbon stabilization processes
  • excellent communication, scientific writing and other presentation skills
  • publication record that shows independent writing skills and ability to publish in highly ranking international journals
  • advanced statistical analysis skills (SPSS, R or Matlab)
  • capability to work both independently and in a research team, in the laboratory and in the field
  • previous experience in supervising MSc and/or PhD students
  • ability to provide two recommendation letters confirming the abovementioned work experience. The persons signing the letters should be available for contacting (in English).

What we offer:

The salary of the postdoctoral researcher will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary of the postdoctoral researcher will be ca. 3300–3600 per month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience. A six-month trial period will be applied.

The position can be filled as soon as suitable for the appointee. The duration of the employment is 24 months with a possibility to extension. The postdoctoral researcher will be positioned at the Department of Forest Sciences at the University of Helsinki.

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The university ( assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.


Applicants are requested to enclose with their application the following documents in English. Please compile all documents as a single PDF file:

  1. CV
  2. motivation letter
  3. publication list, and
  4. support letters of a minimum of two references that can be contacted

External applicants, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply Now (Hae nyt) link.

Applicants who have a username and a valid employment contract, a grant researcher's contract or a visiting researcher's contract at the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by using the Employee login (Työntekijän kirjautuminen).

The deadline for applications is 14 April 2023 (at 23.59 EET).

The University of Helsinki welcomes applications from representatives of different genders, language and cultural backgrounds, and minorities.

For additional information, please contact Professor Jussi Heinonsalo, jussi.heinonsalo(at)

Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen, mirkka.juntunen(at)

About us:

The Department of Forest Sciences is a unit under the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, which employs circa 100 individuals. The Department conducts research of a high international standard in the forest sciences and provides the highest education based on this research. The focus areas of the Department’s research and teaching are forest ecology and forest resource management as well as forest economics, business and society. The goal of the Department’s multidisciplinary operations is to provide teaching in the sustainability and sustainable use of forests, as well as conduct related scholarly research and public engagement. The Faculty grants Bachelor and Master of Science (Agriculture and Forestry) degrees, as well as Doctor of Science (Agriculture and Forestry) degrees in the University’s doctoral programmes. The Department’s degree programmes have roughly 350 undergraduate and 60 postgraduate students. The Department of Forest Sciences is active in its public engagement and it has a long history of successful collaboration with research institutes in the field, other universities, public administration and businesses both nationally and internationally.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is located on the green Viikki campus of University of Helsinki. The mission of the Faculty is to promote the sustainable use of renewable natural resources through scientific research and research-based teaching. We focus on agricultural and forest sciences, food and nutrition, microbiology, as well as on economics and management. We cover the full natural resource chain from farm to fork, the entire field of forest sciences from soil chemistry to marketing, as well as the environmental effects of related activities. Graduates from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry are versatile experts in biosciences and business, able to meet the needs of both the business sector and society at large.