Postdoctoral Researcher in global change and plant community ecology in Finland/Germany

University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 14 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests, modern research and study environment and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes. The following job is open in the University of Oulu, Ecology and Genetics Research Unit, and is in cooperation with Physiological Diversity Department, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, Leipzig, Germany. Location of work will be at least partly in Leipzig, Germany (this can be negotiated).

Brief description of the project/position:

We seek a highly motivated and independent postdoctoral researcher to work with an international researcher team in a project funded by Academy of Finland (“Biotic modulators of plant community resistance and resilience to multiple global changes”). The postdoctoral researcher will be working with a range of questions and data sets related (but not limited) to interactions among herbivory, plant competition, climate change and nutrient enrichment, and how these interact to impact plant community composition and diversity, flowering phenology and/or ecosystem functioning. The research is based on experimental approaches in different ecosystems (grasslands, tundra). Successful applicant will be based at least partly in Leipzig, Germany, and will be doing field work both in Germany and Finland, possibly also in other countries. We are particularly interested in applicants with strong experimental background, field work experience, expertise in plant traits, plant-herbivore interactions, and/or climate and global change ecology. Excellent writing and communication skills, strong statistical skills, ability to work in an international team and mobility (willingness to travel in several countries) are requirements for this position.

Essential qualifications:

  • Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in ecology or in a similar field
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Willingness to be mobile
  • Successful candidates will have demonstrated experimental, statistical and writing skills to independently carry out field experiments, analyze data and write publications

Desirable qualifications:

  • Good communication skills in an international team
  • Creative and independent scientific thinking
  • Good statistical modelling skills with R
  • Good knowledge of global change ecology, plant-herbivore interactions and/or plant traits

The position is currently funded for two years. The salary will be based on the levels 5 – 6 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component). The total salary for these levels (before tax) currently ranges from about 3300 – 3700 Euros/month for full-time employment, depending on qualifications and performance.

Apply online latest on Sunday 31.05.2018 at 24:00 (Finnish local time). Please include the following attachments in your application: Cover letter (describing experience relevant to this position, research interests, general career goals, motivation and why this position is of interest to you), Curriculum Vitae, list of publications, and contact information for three references.

The position is filled as of 1.8.2018 or as soon as possible (the start date is flexible in order to accommodate the best applicants, and could also start earlier). A trial period of 6 months is applied to the position.

Further details are available from Dr. Anu Eskelinen (anu.eskelinen(at) who is the PI of the project. Please also see the following web page:

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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Algoma University

Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship – Plant and Soil Ecology

Type: Postdoctoral Fellowship


The Plant and Soil Ecology Lab (Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada) is seeking an outstanding postdoctoral fellow available starting in January 2019. Research will focus on the temporal dynamics of plant-soil biotic interactions with an emphasis on exotic plant invasions.

The postdoc should have:

  • a Ph.D. in soil microbial ecology;
  • a strong background in experimental design and statistics;
  • knowledge of meta-analysis;
  • experience in setting up greenhouse and/or field experiments;
  • expertise in molecular techniques;
  • excellent oral communication skills and a strong publication record;
  • the capacity to work independently and in a team.

The lab is located on campus in the Biosciences and Technology Convergence Centre. In addition to excellent plant growth facilities, the lab is fully equipped for PCR-based techniques and traditional microbiology. Exceptional greenhouse facilities and a long-term field research site are available through the Ontario Forestry Research Institute located only 10 minutes away.

Funding is available for one year possibly renewable for a five-year period (pending funding and a positive evaluation). Salary: $50,000, which includes benefits.

Please submit your application by email (cover letter and CV) including the names of three referees and sent to Dr. Pedro M. Antunes before June 15th, 2018.

About Algoma University

Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Algoma University’s campus is situated at the center of the Great Lakes bordering Michigan, USA. The surrounding nature is absolutely stunning and the city offers a welcoming, peaceful and active living environment to its residents. Due to its smaller size, the University prides itself on its unique ability to offer students an individualized and personalized education, including opportunities for one-on-one time with its knowledgeable and caring faculty and staff.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.  Algoma University encourages applications from all qualified women and men, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal people and persons with disabilities.

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