Postdoctoral Researcher in Urban Carbon Cycle

University of Helsinki Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research


Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) is a multi- and interdisciplinary research unit based in physics, chemistry, meteorology, forest sciences, environmental sciences and social sciences in the University of Helsinki. INAR aims to strengthen the internationally leading, integrated multidisciplinary research and education environment for atmospheric and Earth system science and to feed in scientific results for the national and international environment and climate policy. It performs multiscale research from molecular to global scale and focuses on climate change, air quality, biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem processes. INAR has INAR Finland Network partners in Finnish Meteorological Institute, University of Eastern Finland and Tampere University of Technology.

Faculty of Science invites applications for

Postdoctoral Researcher

in urban carbon cycle starting earliest from January 2021 for a fixed-term employment contract until February 2023 (total length 26 months) in an Academy of Finland Strategic Research Council funded research project Individuals, communities and municipalities mitigating climate change by carbon-smart green space (CO-CARBON).

The postdoctoral researcher will be working in the urban meteorology group in INAR ( The group studies urban atmosphere, air quality and greenhouse gas cycle using a wide-range of methodologies including eddy covariance technique, land surface modelling and a large eddy simulation (LES). We are particularly interested on how urban carbon sinks and storages to urban green space can be maximized.

CO-CARBON is an interdisciplinary project between University of Helsinki, Aalto University, Finnish Meteorological Institute and Häme University of Applied Sciences. The aim of is to quantify the carbon storage or green spaces at different urban scales using novel measurements and process-based models at the same time when accounting for other socio-ecological factors, and support practical operations for the multiple planning and management needs of carbon-smart urban green infrastructure. The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for field campaigns measuring urban carbon cycle using chamber and eddy covariance measurements in Helsinki, and conducting urban land surface model simulations using SUEWS (the Surface Urban Energy and Water balance Scheme) at different urban green space.

The focus will be on understanding the key factors impacting urban biogenic carbon cycle.

Ideal candidates are required to have:

- a doctoral degree in forest sciences, atmospheric sciences, meteorology, environmental sciences or other related disciplines;
- experience in conducting field measurements;
- proficiency in spoken and written English;

Finland is a member of the EU, has high quality free schooling (also in English), generous family benefits and healthcare. The University of Helsinki is a top 100 ranked university in most ranking lists, and invests heavily in Earth system research, please see Working language is English. 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. University assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland (

How to apply?

Please submit your application consisting of (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae and a publications list in a one single pdf-file using the electronic recruitment system of the University of Helsinki 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. The deadline for applications is 11 December 2020.
For further information, please contact Associate Professor Leena Järvi, leena.jarvi(at)

Due date

11.12.2020 23:59 EET


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