Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

PhD student in the field of plant-soil-microbial biochemistry

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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 on forestry, agriculture, food, game, and fisheries. We also perform 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.

Work tasks

Northern forest and peatland ecosystems are one of the worlds largest land-based carbon (C) sink, storing high amounts of C in soil organic matter (SOM). With climate change, these ecosystems may turn from C sinks into sources, releasing C from soil thereby accelerating global warming. This calls for understanding of mechanisms behind SOM stabilization. Would you like to solve the mystery of SOM stabilization?
We are looking for a PhD student to join multidisciplinary (biogeochemistry, microbiology, plant biochemistry) plant-soil-microbe interaction group in Luke. This position is an excellent opportunity to develop a scientific career and work with leading groups in the field across Europe. The person will be involved in ongoing Luke projects studying plant and soil processes in forest and peatlands under climate change.

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We expect that the applicant has the following qualifications:
- MSc degree in plant physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, soil science, biology or similar
- in-depth knowledge about plant biochemical cycles and cycles of C and nutrients
- hands-on experience with gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, spectrophotometry
- experience in measurements of plant primary and secondary compounds, enzymes, markers of plant biotic and abiotic stress
-experience in measurements of soil compounds and C and N pools, and the use of stable isotopes (C, N)
- experience in measurements of soil microbial markers (i.e. enzymes, microbial biomass)
The successful applicant should possess good co-operational and communication skills. Excellent skills in oral and written English are required.

Scope of employment

Form of employment: Temporary employment

Scope: Office work

Commencement: 01/03/2022

Time-limited to: 29/02/2024Type of work (project work)


Last application date: 04/02/2022 16:00

Reference number: 30-18-2022

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You may also apply for this position by submitting your application to the address below. The job reference of the role must be cited both in the actual application and on the envelope. Applications will not be returned.

Luonnonvarakeskuksen kirjaamo
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki, FINLAND

Please attach your CV and application letter to your application.


 The position is at complexity level 6-7 in Luke's salary system. Therefore, the position-specific salary component is EUR 2 720.83 - 2 923.92 per month. In addition to the position-specific salary component, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. It can be at most 50% of the position-specific salary component.


Number of positions advertised: 1


Contact persons

Päivi MäkirantaGroup Manager+358 29 532 2343paivi.makiranta@luke.fi

Bartosz AdamczykAcademy Research Fellow+358 29 532 2222bartosz.adamczyk@luke.fi


Natural Resources Institute Finland
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki


Please note that the application period expires on 4 February 2022 at 4.00 pm (time in Finland, UTC + 2). Unfortunately, we are unable to consider late applications.


A trial period is 4 months.


PhD student in the field of plant-soil-microbial biochemistry
Latokartanonkaari 9 Helsinki, Finland
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