Post-doctoral position (1.5 years) in Ecology of Plant-Microbe Interactions at the University of Helsinki

We are seeking a post doctoral researcher to work in a consortium project aiming to understand how biological diversity could be integrated into our food production systems to develop sustainable and climate-smart farming practices. Specifically, we are addressing questions regarding how above-ground plant diversity links with below-ground microbial diversity, and how these jointly affect plant fitness, resistance and resilience to both biotic and abiotic stress using experimental approaches. The consortium joins expertise in agriculture, plant ecology, soil microbial ecology and climate science. It is an exciting interdisciplinary effort addressing cutting edge scientific questions with direct applicability. For more information about the consortium, please visit:

The tasks of the post doc include:

  • Participating in a multi-year field trial that manipulates above-ground plant diversity,
  • design and implementation of potential greenhouse/common garden experiments,
  • literature synthesis.

For more information, please contact prof. Anna-Liisa Laine email. For more information on the research group of Prof. Laine, please visit our website

Postdoctoral position requirements:
The successful applicant should have a doctoral degree in ecology, evolutionary biology, plant biology, microbial ecology or agricultural sciences (or similar), and previous experience working with questions and methods related to plant diversity and ecology of plant associated microbes (mycorrhizae / plant pathogens etc.). We seek candidates with excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to conceive, execute and complete research projects, and to think independently and creatively. Previous experience in analysis of microbial community sequence data is not necessary but considered an advantage.

How to apply:
Applications should include the following documents as a single pdf file:

  • motivational letter (max 1 page),
  • CV (max 2 pages),
  • publication list.

Please also include contact information of two persons willing to provide a reference letter by separate request.

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply for the position link. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for submitting the application is 22 January 2020.

Starting date March 2020 but to be determined by mutual agreement.