Research Professor in Agricultural and Food Economics

Natural Resources Institute Finland Luke


Research Professor in Agricultural and Food Economics

About the workplace

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation working to promote
bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. We provide solutions and services to our
customers based on best available scientific knowledge. Our research results and services generate
added value and sustainability as well as scientific evidence to support decision making. We carry
out research on forestry, agriculture, food, game, and fisheries. We also perform statutory services.
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highly respected. In Luke, the work assignments are versatile and employees can influence the
content of their work. We work in a mobile work culture which gives you the possibility to work from
wherever it suits you the best. Luke offers a multidisciplinary international research environment
with unique research infrastructures, experimental sites and well-equipped laboratories.

Luke employs around 45 top research professors in their field. Luke's Professor Policy ensures
transparency, predictability and international comparability in professor recruitments. For new
employees coming from abroad Luke offers relocation packages which means a remarkable help in
immigration and settling in Finland. An important asset for research at Luke is the multidisciplinary,
innovative and ambitious researcher community and the availability of a wide range of technical
staff. Our Intercultural Community offers possibilities to share experiences and competence, and
supports the development of internationality in Luke.

Work tasks

The research professor is expected to carry out solution-oriented research on the economics of
agriculture and the food chain from farm to fork. Key aspects include: the evaluation of the
performance of agricultural and food markets; the analysis of systemic changes affecting agriculture
and the food chain; innovation in agriculture and in the food industry, in particular with regard to
potentially transformative new climate-smart production technologies and products, e.g. food
produced without land or other innovations causing radical changes in the food chain; the analysis of
changes in demand for agricultural products and related shifts in preferences; and the emergence of
new business opportunities for the Finnish agri-food chain. The work will produce new insights into
the competitiveness of Finnish agriculture as well as the functionality and efficiency of agricultural
product markets in Finland, the EU, and globally. By shedding light on new opportunities and
analysing food chainrelated big data, the work will inform the decisions of the main stakeholders in
agriculture, food industry and policymaking.

At a broader level, the research professors tasks are to: 1. Conduct, direct and communicate highquality
project-based research in agricultural and food economics. 2. Be active and visible in relevant
national and international networks in research and beyond. 3. Acquire external funding for research
and customer projects. 4. Co-operate with stakeholders when designing, carrying out and
disseminating projects. 5. Publish research in peer-reviewed journals. 6. Disseminate research
results to a variety of audiences, including the relevant policy-makers, business actors and civil
society interested in agricultural and food issues.

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The research professor should have a doctoral degree in a relevant field of applied economics and a
track record of research publications demonstrating expertise in agricultural and food economics.
Advanced skills in the use of econometric methods relevant to the study of agricultural and food
markets, systemic changes in agriculture and food production and industrial organization are
appreciated. The task requires internationally valued and recognized know-how, experience in multidisciplinary research, a strong publication record, as well as evidence and experience of managing
broad research projects and acquiring external funding.

Scope of employment

Form of employment: Temporary employment
Scope: Office work
Commencement: 1.6.2022
or according to a contract.
Time-limited to: 31.5.2027

Nature of the position

An applicant who has previously been elected as a professor at a university for the time being may
be appointed as a research professor to a permanent position in Luke.

Last application date: 30.11.2021 16:00
Reference number: 30-524-2021

You can apply for this job via:

• Send a digital application via this link.

You may also apply for this position by submitting your application to the address below. The job
reference of the role must be cited both in the actual application and on the envelope. Applications
will not be returned.

Luonnonvarakeskuksen kirjaamo
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki, FINLAND

Please attach to the application appendices written in English, and name the files as follows:

- Appendix 1: Application letter
- Appendix 2: Complete curriculum vitae (full name, date and place of birth, nationality, current
residence, education and degrees awarded, linguistic skills, current and previous positions, major
research funding obtained, research leadership, list of supervised PhDs and post doctoral
researchers, other academic merits, number of peer-reviewed articles, as well as H-index, total
citations and average citation per item including the used database, such as Web of Science or
Google Scholar) (maximum 10 pages)
- Appendix 3: Complete list of publications (with citations and impact factors) and copies of ten
selected publications most relevant for the professorship
- Appendix 4: Summary of research activities carried out so far, including aspects of customer
interphase work; societal impact of research; dissemination of research results (maximum two
- Appendix 5: Research plan, including ambitions as a research professor; research questions, aims,
objectives and theoretical background; scientific significance and expected scientific impact;
expected societal impact and dissemination; collaborators and customer interface; references
(maximum five pages)
- Appendix 6: Names and contact information of three referees


The position is at complexity level 12 - 13 in Luke's salary system. Therefore, the position-specific
salary component is EUR 5 140.65 - 5 805.06 per month. In addition to the position-specific salary
component, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. It can be at most 50%
of the position-specific salary component. The applicant may also present a separate salary request.


Number of positions advertised: 1
Contact person
Antti Asikainen
Executive Vice President, Research
+358 29 532 3250
Natural Resources Institute Finland
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki


In Luke, we have implemented the mobile work model. This means that you can work in Finland in
the most appropriate location from the perspective of your work, for example in other Luke
locations or at home.

Please note that the application period expires on November 30, 2021 at 4.00 pm (time in Finland,
UTC + 2). Unfortunately, we are unable to consider late applications.
Read more: Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Trial period is 6 months

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