The University of Helsinki is the largest university in Finland, which seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. We are one of the best multidisciplinary universities in the world and our community of c. 8 000 employees offers wide ranging career development opportunities in teaching and research as well as in specialist and other support positions.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is located on the Viikki campus. The mission of the faculty is to promote the sustainable use of renewable natural resources through scientific research and researchbased teaching. We focus on agricultural and forest sciences, food and nutrition, microbiology, as well as on economics and management. We cover the full natural resource chain from farm to fork, the entire field of forest sciences from soil chemistry to marketing, as well as the environmental effects of related activities. Graduates from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry are versatile experts in biosciences and business, able to meet the needs of both the business sector and society at large.

The Department of Forest Sciences is one of the units of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry with a staff of about 100 persons: 17 professors, 5 assistant or associate professors, 13 university lecturers and 60-70 researcher and postgraduate students. The Department conducts internationally recognized forest research and provides the highest-level education based on the research. The focus areas of research are forest ecology, forest resource management and forest economics, business and policy. The Department is active in society, and has strong and long-term collaboration with research institutes and other Universities, government agencies, companies and other organizations nationally and internationally.

The Department of Forest Sciences invites applications for the position of a

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER in the research area of precision forestry applications

from 1.1.2021 onwards or as agreed.

The researcher is expected to work as a member in the research group that develops and investigates precision harvesting solutions for forestry. Precision harvesting of forestry is an emerging research topic that combines accurate spatial datasets related to soil and trees in an intelligent way and creates smart solutions that support forest practitioners in their daily operations. The ultimate goal is to develop more environmentally friendly, low carbon and sustainable forest operation practices. Research methods include chiefly programming, simulation and optimization but their might also include image processing and various Big Data analytic techniques.

Requirements: The applicant is expected to have doctoral degree in forest sciences (with decent programming skills) or alternatively in geography, mathematical sciences (mathematics, physics, computer science, etc) or engineering. Proven records on working collaboratively with industrial partners and publications in the field of data analyses with Python or other programming languages may be considered as advantage.

The funding is ensured for two years but may be later extended to two additional years. The salary of the successful candidate will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. The salary will be between 3 200 – 4 400 €/month, depending on the qualifications and experience of the appointee. A six-month trial period will be applied.

Application should include the following documents in English as a SINGLE PDF file: 1) a cover letter 2) CV 3) list of publications 4) names and e-mail addresses of two referees.

Please submit your application through 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 submit their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is 6 December 2020.

For further information, please contact Professor Jori Uusitalo: jori.uusitalo(at); +358-50-4417473

Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Coordinator Sari Aaltonen, sari.aaltonen(at)

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Due date

06.12.2020 23:59 EET