The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry invites applications for the position of


for a fixed term position starting in 1 September 2020, or as agreed. The doctoral student will be employed for a fixed term of one year, with a possibility of extension for up to three consecutive years. Successful candidates are expected to work full time on the PhD thesis and to complete their thesis in four years.

The position is located at the Department of Forest Sciences in the research group Forest Bioeconomy, Business, and Sustainability (FBBS). The position is funded by the Metsämiesten säätiö foundation and relates to the project Forest sector foresight in changing markets (Metsäalan ennakointi muuttuvilla markkinoilla). The project is a collaboration between the FBBS group of the University of Helsinki and the Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics.

The doctoral thesis project assesses the means and developmental needs for forest sector foresight in the changing forest-based industries, and particularly in the context of small and medium sized companies. The studied topics include the strategic management approaches of firms, companies’ influence on forest-based sector development, and the potential contribution of the forest-based bioeconomy to global sustainability goals.

The duties of a doctoral student are to work on his/her own doctoral thesis, and to complete his/her postgraduate studies. The duties may also include teaching and other tasks, like research assistance in projects within the research area. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5 % of the annual working time.

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in a field that is relevant to the research topic, such as forest economics, environmental economics, business and management, or futures studies. Other requirements include ability and motivation to do research in the studied field and to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree. Successful candidates are expected to have excellent collaboration as well as independent analytical and problem solving skills. Fluency in English language is required, and priority will be given to candidates with at least satisfactory command of Finnish, due to close interaction with stakeholders. Experience in academic publishing is seen as a merit. The appointee is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki.

The appointee should either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment or apply for the right in September 2020. The right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki needs to be applied for separately (see:

We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The monthly gross salary will start from approx. €2,400, which is subject to salary level increase according to advancing studies. In addition, the University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information at and The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents as a single pdf file:
1. A curriculum vitae.
2. A list of publications (if applicable).
3. A free-form application describing the applicant’s research interests, motivation toward the position, and qualifications for the subject (1-2 pages).
4. Contact information and recommendation from at least one referee.

In addition, the applicants are requested to enclose a copy of their Master’s thesis as a separate file.

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal.

Further information about the position may be obtained from Postdoc researcher Elias Hurmekoski, elias.hurmekoski(at), +358 (0)50 414 0312.

The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. Through the power of science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640.

The Forest Bioeconomy, Business and Sustainability research group, based at Department of Forest Sciences, builds on trans-disciplinary research collaboration on sustainable business management, specifically but not exclusively in the context of the forest sector. We understand sustainability as a multi-faceted concept including economic, social and ecological dimensions. We advocate for sustainable value creation between humans and ecosystem services, with an emphasis on healthy forest ecosystems, renewable resources, and forest-based value-chains and products. Our work is directed towards enhancing the transition of bio-based businesses toward sustainable competitiveness. Our methodological toolbox includes both quantitative and qualitative approaches, such as econometric and survey-based analysis, Delphi method, interview-based and case studies. More info:

Due date

10.06.2020 23:59 EEST