Post Doc & PhD student opportunity in plant canopy ecology and ecophysiology

If you are interested in understanding how climate change might affect forests and forest ecology come and join our Canopy Ecology & Ecophysiology Group at the University of Helsinki.

We are looking for a postdoc and/or PhD student to lead an exciting new project funded for 4 years by the Academy of Finland to study how forest and crop canopies use sunlight and how ecosystem processes in canopies might respond to climate change.

Postdoctoral Applicants should have completed their Ph.D. and be able to demonstrate;

  1. A proven ability to write timely high-quality research publications
  2. An understanding of plant ecophysiology and plant canopies
  3. Strong quantitative skills.

PhD Applications should express an interest in developing the above skills and have demonstrated high academic competence and research experience in a relevant area of plant biology.

Applications should include (preferable in a single pdf-file):
(1) a one-page expression of motivation and interest in the position,
(2) a CV,
(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.

Interested applicants are encouraged to get more information about the position and research group from Matthew Robson (matthew.robson(at)

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. “Apply

For technical support with the University of Helsinki Recruitment System, please contact recruitment(at) Applications should be submitted no later than September 1st, 2019. A six-month trial period will be applied

More details about the broader project

The project will assess canopy photosynthesis under diffuse vs. direct sunlight, considering how climate change will affect the amount and spectral quality of solar radiation in plant canopies. This change will have basic and applied implications for global net carbon assimilation and for crop production

The research will involve (1) field-based measurements of plant traits and sunlight in forest and crop canopies, (2) modelling photosynthesis in canopies under different light conditions, (3) controlled environment experiments to test how plants behave in different light environments manipulating the diffuse vs. direct factions of sunlight, (4) opportunities to collaborate with our academic research partners around the world.

Postdoctoral Position Specifications: The starting will be ca. 3200 – 3500 euros/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience.

Ph.D. Position Specification: In addition to partial funding from the research group, PhD applicants will be expected apply for extra funding through the University of Helsinki’s Doctoral Programmes. The starting salary of the doctoral student will be ca. 2200-2300 euros/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience.

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