Research Professor in Large Carnivore Ecology

Natural Resources Institute Finland
Full Time
1 month ago


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The research professor (tenure track: associate or full professor) is required to have a doctoral degree in animal ecology, wildlife ecology or wildlife management. A high-quality scientific publication record in basic and applied ecology and good methodological skills in such areas as modern field techniques and statistical analyses are essential. Research experience with large carnivores is expected and knowledge of terrestrial boreal ecosystem functioning, experience in population genetics, population modelling, monitoring techniques and abundance estimation, and acquaintance with wildlife and habitats legislation are regarded as advantages for the candidate.

The position will require excellent problem solving skills, oral and written communication in English, co-operation and leadership skills, the capacity and credentials to apply for national and international research funding, and the capacity for collaboration and knowledge exchange with different stakeholders, including the Finnish government, wildlife management officials and hunter and conservation organizations.

We expect the selected candidate to lead and develop interdisciplinary research in large carnivore ecology and management, build a strong research project portfolio, and communicate and stimulate the use of research results by stakeholders. The research professor is expected to have established international networks and to be actively engaged in national and international collaborations as well as having a strong track record in leading and managing international research projects, acquiring international research funding and in publishing and disseminating scientific results.

Information about pay

The position is at complexity level 12-13 in Luke's salary system and the position-specific salary is EUR 5 426,98 - 6 128,40 per month. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid (max. 50% of the position-specific salary). A new employee's personal performance component depends on competence and experience and generally falls in the range of 15-20%. The applicant may also present a separate salary request.


Our mobile work model allows you to work in Finland in the location most appropriate for your work. In addition, we provide flexible hours, and as your employment with us continues, long vacations. We offer lunch benefits, as well as sports, culture or commuting support.

For international recruits, we provide a relocation package, which includes concrete support for coming to Finland and Luke (eg. residence permit, various registration procedures, banking and taxation, finding an apartment).

Other information about the job

Please note that the application period expires on 30 November 2023 at 4.00 pm Finnish time (EET). Unfortunately, we are unable to consider late applications.

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A trial period is 6 months.