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The Department of Geosciences and Geography ( at the Faculty of Science is the leading research and education unit in its field in Finland. In addition to research in geology, geophysics and geography, research into seismology and official duties in the field of seismology is carried out at the department. The staff at the department numbers some 100.

Faculty of Science invites applications for


in remote sensing of Arctic ecosystems starting from 1.9.2021 or as agreed for a four years fixed-term employment contract. A six-month trial period will be applied.
The postdoctoral researcher will work on the project “Resilience of Arctic terrestrial ecosystems under bioclimatic change” funded by the Academy of Finland. The project focuses on the impacts of climate change on the Arctic ecosystems at high spatiotemporal resolution but across large extents. The project will provide new knowledge of Arctic bioclimate and ecosystem dynamics and their inter-linkages. This will significantly increase the understanding of the long- and short-term bioclimatic variability in driving ecosystem responses and enable assessment of the resilience of Arctic terrestrial ecosystems.

The main tasks of the postdoctoral researcher are analyzing and modelling remotely sensed (RS) data (e.g. MODIS, Landsat, Sentinel, Planet). The postdoctoral researcher will compile field data with cloud-based RS data catalogues and high performance computing services, and analyze the circum-Arctic patterns of multiple vegetation indices and properties over the past four decades in respect to observed change in Arctic climate. The specific tasks and aims of the work can be partly adjusted according to the skills and interests of the appointed postdoctoral researcher.

The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD degree in remote sensing, physical geography, environmental science, or a related field. We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with an interest in remote sensing, some background with ecosystem data and/or their statistical analyses, and experience or strong motivation to learn computing skills (e.g., R, Python, GIS and Google Earth Engine; any programming background is highly valued).

Finland is a member of EU, has high quality free schooling (also in English), generous family benefits and healthcare, and was recently ranked as the best country in the world for expat families and in the world’s top ten most livable cities. Finland and the Helsinki region possess top expertise in sciences in terms of a vibrant talent pool, leading research, strong support services and functioning collaboration networks. For more information about working at the University of Helsinki and living in Finland, please see

The starting salary of the postdoctoral researcher will be ca. 3300–3700 euros/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience. Furthermore, the University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.

How to apply

Please submit your application consisting of (1) a cover letter (incl. research interest), (2) a curriculum vitae and a publications list in a single pdf file using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the Apply for the position button below. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki must submit their applications via the SAP HR portal. Deadline for applications is 15 August 2021.

For further information, please contact Professor Miska Luoto, miska.luoto(at)

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