Two Postdoctoral Researchers in Ecology

 The Department of Biological and Environmental Science is currently seeking to recruit candidates to the positions of


We are looking for two full-time post-doctoral researchers to join the Academy of Finland research project 'Pathways of microbial carbon fixation under changing Arctic winters'. The positions start on 1st April  2023 or as agreed, initially for a fixed term of two years.

Climate change is predicted to affect Arctic areas most severely.  In the research group of Minna-Maarit Kytöviita, we have been studying Arctic soil over 20 years. Currently, we investigate how winter regulates microbes that are able to fix atmospheric carbon into Arctic soil. 

You are the person we are looking for if you have 

1) PhD degree, or be about to obtain PhD degree, in microbial ecology or a closely-related subject; 

2) Documented knowledge in molecular community analysis, bioinformatics and biostatistics, and soil and microbial ecology. 

3) Solid laboratory skills in molecular biology and computational skills to analyse next generation sequencing data in an ecological context;

4) A good publication record in international well-recognized journals.

Experience or knowledge on any of the following is considered an advantage: metagenomics or metatranscriptomics of environmental microbes, stable isotope probing, biological soil crusts, genomic analysis of microbial metabolic pathways, especially related to carbon cycling. We are looking for a highly motivated, flexible, open-minded, and team-oriented candidate, who has shown good abilities for independent scientific work.  Driving license and ability to carry out field work as part of a team is considered an advantage.  

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. A good command of English is required, and proficiency to teach in English will be considered beneficial. The PhD degree required for the position must have been completed before starting the position.

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

At the University of Jyväskylä, you are a recognized member of our community with an ample opportunity to be drawn into international research. You get to participate in our international and multidisciplinary community, where everybody’s welfare is essential. You will work in an inspiring and lively campus area and an environment that supports a healthy and active lifestyle. 

Finland has a high standard of living with healthcare, free schooling (also in English), affordable childcare, and good family benefits. The city of Jyväskylä is located in central Finland amidst Finnish lakes and has excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. It is a major educational center, whose large student population is responsible for a vibrant cultural scene. To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä, and living in Finland, see the University's International Staff Guide.

The initial annual salary will be approximately 41,800 - 49,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. The employment starts with a trial period of six months.

How to apply?

The application documents that should be included in PDF format:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity and including contact information of two academics who can provide reference letters
  2. Cover letter including a statement of research interests
  3. A numbered list of publications
  4. Relevant certificates / diplomas (or date of completion the PhD)
  5. Referenceletters

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by 10th March, 2023. 

For further details, please contact: Senior Lecturer Minna-Maarit Kytöviita,

The research in the Department focuses on three core areas: evolutionary biology, natural resources and environment, and biological nanoscience. The Department building, Ambiotica, is an integral part of the University of Jyväskylä's Ylistönrinne Mathematics and Science Research Complex, which includes buildings of chemistry, physics and nanoscience. Ambiotica houses high quality laboratories for bioscience and experimental facilities for a wide range of biological and chemical analyses as well as highly motivated laboratory personnel. 

The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. JYU's naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

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