We are offering a four-year post-doctoral position from September 2019 in our CanSEE research group at the University of Helsinki. The successful candidate will assess canopy photosynthesis under diffuse vs. direct sunlight, as part of a project considering how climate change, and its potential solutions involving climate manipulations e.g. aerosol geoengineering, will affect the ratio of diffuse to direct solar radiation thereby altering photosynthesis at the plant-canopy level.
Potential future increases in the diffuse radiation are predicted to enhance worldwide photosynthesis by up-to 10%. These estimates are based on the deeper penetration of diffuse than direct radiation into plant canopies. However, practical field measurements are required to validate such models. This information will substantially improve our ability to forecast the environmental effects of climate change; and by improving our knowledge of canopy processes will also have ecological and agricultural applications.
The position will involve: planning and coordinating experiments to assess photosynthesis in plant canopies under controlled conditions, and applying field measurements to validate radiative transfer models of canopy photosynthesis.
Applicants should demonstrate aptitude in:
- Understanding of plant ecophysiology (gas exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence, and associated ecosystem processes).
- Having strong quantitative and modelling skills and proven capacity to process large datasets.
- Ability to write and publish timely high-quality research papers.
The successful candidate should have good inter-personal skills and will be integrated into an international research team of experts in plant ecophysiology and biophysical atmospheric processes. They should be prepared to participate in mobility exchanges to receive training in radiative transfer modelling, including to the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Colorado.
The salary 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 with the overall starting salary amount being about 3200 – 3500 euros/month. A six-month trial period will be applied.
Applications should include (preferable in a single pdf-file):
(1) a one-page expression of motivation and interest in the position,
(2) a CV (no more than 4 pages),
(3) a list of their publications with the 3-5 most-relevant highlighted, and
(4) details of two referees who can be contacted to give academic references.
Further information about the position and research group should be obtained from Matthew Robson (matthew.robson(at)Helsinki.fi).
Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. ). Applications should be submitted by July 29th 2019.