Postdoctoral Researcher to work on fungal molecular biology or Resistance biology of forest trees
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

The University of Helsinki in Finland is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students, researchers and staff members. University of Helsinki is also the most important provider of research infrastructures in Finland.

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (, located on the Viikki Campus, promotes the sustainable use of natural resources and human wellbeing through scientific research and research-based teaching. The Faculty’s key areas of education and research are food, agricultural, forest and environmental sciences, and economics in relation to these areas. The Faculty has 3,200 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs 500 experts.

We are looking to recruit highly motivated


to work on fungal molecular biology or Resistance biology of forest trees.

In this project, the primary objective is to dissect the genetic basis of wood quality traits of one of the most economically important forest trees, Norway spruce through a combination of genetic studies and genome-wide markers associated to its physical and chemical properties, disease and decay resistance. We will search for and identify novel wood property traits vital for adaptation to climate change and resistance against pathogenic fungi. Additional objective is the identification and functional analysis of potential pathogenicity factors of the root and stem rot pathogen (Heterobasidion annosum) of conifer trees.

Location: Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki, Finland. Our laboratory is situated within the Viikki campus of the University of Helsinki ( The research group is part of the larger Viikki Biocenter Research Organization with access to state of the art experimental and bioinformatics facilities (

Applicants: Interested postdocs with good academic records and strong skills in functional genomics, molecular biology and applied bioinformatics are welcome to apply. Knowledge in plant or forest pathology and mycology are considered as additional merits.

Start date: Immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

Duration: Two years with potential for one additional year extension. The salary is based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel of the salary system of the Finnish universities. The starting salary of the postdoctoral researcher will be ca. 3200–3500 euros/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience. A six-month trial period will be applied.

Application should include the following documents in English as a single PDF file: a cover letter, CV, list of publications and names of three referees.

Please submit your application using 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 leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

Deadline for applications is 30 October 2019, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For further information about this position, please contact: Professor Fred O. Asiegbu, Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki, Tel: +358 2941 58109, e-mail: fred.asiegbu(at)

In case you need technical support with the recruitment system, please contact: recruitment(at)


Due date

30.10.2019 23:59 EET

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