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The professorship is focused on forest diseases, their symptoms, causes and consequences. The aim is to produce science-based knowledge and actively develop the strategic orientation of research in this field to support sustainable management of forests.

The research professorship in forest health is focused on forest diseases, their symptoms, causes and consequences (forest pathology). The aim is to produce advanced science-based knowledge and actively develop the strategic orientation of research in this field to support sustainable management of forests in the face of changing environment.

The research professor’s tasks are to conduct, direct and promote interdisciplinary research, be active and visible in regional, national, and international research collaboration, acquire research funding and build a strong research portfolio, and communicate and stimulate the use of results by stakeholders. The task involves publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals and activity in science-policy networks. In addition, the research professor is active for developing Luke's internal collaboration in the field. 

Our expectations of the applicant

The research professor (tenure track: associate or full professor) is required to have a doctoral degree on forest sciences, biology or other relevant field of natural sciences. We expect the research professor to have good knowledge and wide understanding on forest diseases, their symptoms and causes (forest pathology), including fungal and oomycete pathogens. In addition, general knowledge and understanding on other biotic as well as abiotic damage agents of forest is expected, including interactions between the different factors (e.g., abiotic conditions triggering diseases; insect vectors transporting fungal diseases). The professor should also have strong methodological skills on mycological, molecular and genetic techniques. A high-quality scientific publication record in the discipline is essential.

The position will require excellent problem solving, oral and written communication in English, co-operation and scientific leadership skills including researcher mentoring, and the capacity for collaboration and knowledge exchange with different stakeholders, including forest management officials and conservation organisations. The research professor is required to have shown ability to create national and international collaborations and networks and be actively engaged in them. In addition, shown ability to create relevant new research questions and turn them to successful research projects is required. The candidate should have the capacity and credentials to apply for research funding and have a strong track record in leading and managing international research projects. Capacity to build attractive research environments is also required.

We consider as an advantage i) modelling skills related to forest damages, ii) interest in developing innovations in the control of forest diseases and iii) knowledge on microbes affecting forest health, iv) understanding on how changing climatic conditions may interact with tree health and diseases.

Benefits Our mobile work model allows you to work in Finland in the location most appropriate for your work. In addition, we provide flexible hours, and as your employment with us continues, long vacations. We offer lunch benefits, as well as sports, culture or commuting support.

For international recruits, we provide a relocation package, which includes concrete support for coming to Finland and Luke (eg. residence permit, various registration procedures, banking and taxation, finding an apartment).

The person selected for the position might need to undergo standard security clearance vetting with the applicant’s consent (Security Clearance Act 726/2014). More detailed information on the procedure and the subject's rights is available at www.supo.fi.


Sirpa Thessler
Vice President, Natural Resources
+358 29 532 6582
Antti Asikainen
Executive Vice President, Research
+358 29 532 3250

How to apply

Primarily, we request applicants to submit their applications electronically via the Valtiolle.fi service. However, you can also apply for this job by delivering your application to the Registry Office’s postal address. Both the application and the envelope must feature the ID number of the position applied for. The letter must be delivered by the end of the application period.

  • The Registry of Natural Resources Institute Finland

    Latokartanonkaari 9
    00790 Helsinki, Finland

  • Organization

    Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation working to promote bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. We provide solutions and services to our customers based on best available scientific knowledge. Our research results and services generate added value and sustainability as well as scientific evidence to support decision making. We carry out research for example on forestry, agriculture, food, game, and fisheries, and perform also statutory services.

    Being open-minded and curious and having a strong will to leave a positive mark to the world binds Luke people together. Together we build a positive working culture where each other’s work is highly respected. In Luke, the work assignments are versatile and employees can influence the content of their work. We work in a mobile work culture which gives you the possibility to work from wherever in Finland it suits you the best. Luke offers a multidisciplinary international research environment with unique research infrastructures, experimental sites and well-equipped laboratories.

    Luke employs around 50 top research professors in different fields. Luke’s Professorship Policy ensures transparency, predictability and international comparability in professor recruitments. For new employees coming from abroad Luke offers relocation packages which provide remarkable help in moving to and settling in Finland. An important asset for research at Luke is the multidisciplinary, innovative and ambitious researcher community and the availability of a wide range of technical staff. Our Intercultural Community offers possibilities to share experiences and competence, and supports the development of internationality in Luke.

    Helsinki, Joensuu, Oulu, Rovaniemi

    You can work at one of our following locations

  • Helsinki
    Latokartanonkaari 9
    00790 Helsinki
  • Joensuu
    Yliopistokatu 6 b
    80100 Joensuu
  • Oulu
    Paavo Havaksen tie 3
    90570 Oulu
  • Rovaniemi
    Ounasjoentie 6
    96200 Rovaniemi
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    Other information related to the task

  • Other information about the job: Please attach to the application appendices written in English, and name the files as follows (max 2 MB/appendix):

    APPENDIX 1. Application letter, names and contact information of 3 referees and complete curriculum vitae (including major research funding obtained, research leadership, list of supervised PhDs and postdocs, number of peer-reviewed articles, H-index, total citations and the database used, e.g. Web of Science or Google Scholar (maximum 10 pages)

    APPENDIX 2: Complete list of publications including links to 10 selected publications most relevant for the professorship

    APPENDIX 3. Summary of research activities carried out so far, including aspects of customer interphase work; societal impact of research; dissemination of research results (maximum 2 pages)

    APPENDIX 4. Research plan for the next 5-year term, please use Luke’s research plan template at https://www.luke.fi/sites/default/files/2022-08/Luke%20Research%20plan%20template.pdf

    For further information on the recruitment and scientific evaluation of Lukes research professors, please visit https://www.luke.fi/en/recruitment-and-scientific-evaluation-of-research-professors.
  • Employment group: Specialists
  • Remote work: Possibility to work remotely
  • About working remote: Mobile work is used at Luke. This means that work is performed where it suits best. Mobile work is only possible within Finland, and the practices of mobile work are agreed with the supervisor. We also meet regularly face-to-face.
  • Reason for a fixed-term job: Nature of work
  • More information of a fixed-term job: If the applicant has a permanent professorship at a university, she/he may be appointed to a permanent research professor position as a deviation from the fixed term appointment.
  • Working time format: Office working hours
  • Trial period: A trial period is 6 months.
  • Basis of remuneration: The position is at complexity level 12-13 in Luke's salary system and the position-specific salary is EUR 5 562,65 - 6 281,61 per month. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid (max. 50% of the position-specific salary). A new employee's personal performance component depends on competence and experience and generally falls in the range of 15-20 %. The applicant may also present a separate salary request.
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