Senior Researcher on Climate-Smart Forestry

The Bioeconomy Programme of the European Forest Institute (EFI) is seeking a Researcher / Senior Researcher on Climate-Smart Forestry.

The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organisation with 30 member countries and around 130 Associate and Affiliate member organisations. EFI undertakes forest research and policy support at pan-European and global level. Its headquarters are in Joensuu, Finland, and it also has offices in Barcelona, Bonn, Rome, and Brussels. The Institute has approx. 130 staff members. Further information is available at

EFI’s Bioeconomy Programme addresses the need for foresight, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research at the interface of markets, products, policies and forest resources. Key research topics of the Programme include (i) the future demand and supply of forest products, forest biomass and ecosystem services, and their implications for sustainable forest management as well as for afforestation and plantation forestry; (ii) sustainability impact assessment and monitoring of forest-based products and services value chains; (iii) the future markets of increasingly diversified and cross-sectoral forest-based products and services as a result of socioeconomic and policy changes; and (iv) the role of innovation and digitalization, and policies affecting sustainable bioeconomy development. To reinforce EFI’s Bioeconomy Programme, EFI is seeking a Researcher / Senior Researcher on Climate-Smart Forestry.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Researcher / Senior Researcher will work in the Climate-Smart Forestry team and will participate in collaborative projects and research proposals of relevance to Climate-Smart Forestry. The position focuses on improving and synthesizing the understanding of the development of European forest ecosystems (incl. soils) and their biodiversity and ecosystem service provisioning under different climate scenarios and climate-smart management options. The tasks include the development and application of tools and models (e.g., EFISCEN-space, Integrate+ mobile opp.)

The Researcher / Senior Researcher will also be expected to:
  • Contribute to developing research funding applications.
  • Support project management (contents, finances, reporting).
  • Lead and contribute to scientific publications and other reports.
  • Communication and networking; present and communicate research results to decision makers, researchers, and stakeholders, and the general public.
  • Supervise young researchers in their research activities.

Duty Station

The employee will be based at EFI’s headquarters in Joensuu, Finland.

Employment Conditions

EFI offers competitive benefits and salary package.

The position will be for four years with the possibility for further extension, dependent on project opportunities and successful candidate’s performance.
EFI offers an inspiring, dynamic international and multicultural working environment, varying duties and opportunities to learn new skills.
The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position as soon as possible.
How to apply:

Interested candidates are requested to send (in English) a CV including copies of academic degree certificates/diplomas with a motivation letter outlining how you fulfil the requirements for the position by 24th May 2024, using our online application form.

EFI is an equal opportunity employer. All applications will be treated confidentially.
For more information about the post, please contact Dr. Hans Verkerk, Principal Scientist Climate-Smart Forestry:

Job requirements

Applicants are expected to have:

  • A doctoral degree in forestry, ecology, environmental sciences, or a closely related discipline.
  • At least 5 years of relevant working experience.
  • Prior experience with forest modelling and working with large datasets.
In addition, applicants will be evaluated for:
  • Experience in writing/developing collaborative research proposals.
  • Ability to communicate scientific results to non-scientific audiences.
  • Solid writing, reporting and presentation skills.
  • Established track-record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Excellent English language skills, both spoken and written. Other languages are an asset.

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