Postdoctoral Fellow in Community Species Change Analysis with UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities and professional development opportunities. The International Staff Services office assists overseas employees in their transition to work and life in Finland.

The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences located in Viikki Science Park is the largest bioscience research and education unit in Finland.

The Center for Research on Ecological Changes of the Biology of Organisms and Evolution Research Program is calling for applications for a


in the analysis of the evolution of communities of species for a fixed period of two years. At the start there will be a six month trial period.

The postdoctoral position is part of the Center for Research on Ecological Change (REC) and is funded by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. The PIs of the Center are prof. Anna-Liisa Laine, prof. Otso Ovaskainen, prof. Tomas Roslin, partner. teacher. Jarno Vanhatalo and assoc. teacher. Marjo Saastamoinen.

The start date is March 1, 2021, but can be negotiated.

The overarching goal of REC is to generate a coordinated analysis of long-term ecological data to understand the impacts of global change. To find out how populations and species interactions in nature respond to ongoing environmental changes, the Center takes advantage of unique long-term datasets collected in Finland. The Center is also developing an advanced methodology to analyze long-term spatially structured datasets within a species distribution modeling framework. For more information about the Center, please visit https: // ….

We are now looking for a post-doctoral fellow to analyze how recent environmental changes are reflected in the emergence of new species communities. This work focuses on characterizing not only rates of change at the community level, but the speed with which new types of communities are formed. As environmental conditions are pushed beyond their historical range of variation, species congregate in combinations never seen before. Although such novelty has continually emerged at different rates throughout the history of our planet, its current rate of emergence may accelerate due to human activities, may differ among groups of organisms, and may depend on regional and taxa-specific baseline conditions – with unknown consequences. for the functioning of the ecosystem. Thus, the successful candidate will use Finnish time series on different groups of organisms to establish rates of emergence of ecological novelty, to compare rates between organisms and to research the drivers of novelty in aquatic and terrestrial communities. Thus, the postdoctoral researcher will work at the interface of environmental monitoring, community ecology and applied statistics.

The successful candidate should have obtained a doctorate in ecology or a related field and possess strong analytical and statistical skills. We are looking for candidates with excellent written and verbal communication skills, able to design, execute and carry out research projects, and think independently and creatively. Post-docs will work as a team at the Center but also with researchers from other environmental institutes. Excellent social skills are required for these extended collaborations.

The salary of the successful candidate will be based on level 5 to 6 of the table of levels of requirements for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will receive a salary component based on their personal performance. The starting salary will be approx. 3300-3800 euros / month, depending on the qualifications and experience of the person appointed.

The request must include the following documents in a single pdf file:

  • cover letter explaining why you are the right person for this task (max 1 page)
  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • list of publications
  • Also include contact details of two people who are willing to provide a reference letter by separate request.

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki recruitment system via the Apply for Position link. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by logging into

The deadline for submitting applications is January 16, 2022.
For more information, contact by email:
Tomas Roslin (tomas.roslin (at), Anna-Liisa Laine ([email protected]), Marjo Saastamoinen ([email protected]),
Otso Ovaskainen ([email protected]), Jarno Vanhatalo ([email protected]),

If you need help with the recruitment system, please contact HR Coordinator Sari Aaltonen ([email protected]).

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from various genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds and minorities.

Due date

01/16/2022 11:59 PM ET

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