PhD studentship, Arctic paleoceanography, Helsinki, Finland

The Environmental Change Research Unit (ECRU) based at the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland, has a position open for a PhD student in Arctic paleoceanography.


A fully funded 4-year PhD student position is available at the Environmental Change Research Unit (ECRU) in a research project "Arctic sea-ice proxies: from seasonal processes to improved reconstructions". The project investigates unidentified temporal, vertical and biological attributes of leading-edge sea-ice proxies to provide an understanding of their mechanistic relation to sea ice and to calibrate sea-ice reconstructions.

Applications are invited from goal-oriented candidates with a strong background and genuine interest in Quaternary or Environmental Sciences. A truly enthusiastic yet relaxed working environment is provided, with several senior researchers, post docs and PhD students. In addition to the supervisor(s), the student will have a thesis advisory committee evaluating the student’s progress and offering support throughout the doctoral studies. The project has international partners and the student is expected to be willing to travel.


- A MSc degree in a relevant discipline, such as Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography
- Proven academic ability
- Experience in some of the following: paleoecology and micropaleontology, proxy-based reconstruction, microbial ecology, genetic sequencing and genomic analyses, geochemistry, multivariate statistics
- Excellent communication and writing skills, proficiency in English language
- A positive approach, strong drive and motivation to work in an international environment are considered significant assets.

Conditions of employment

The PhD student will be employed full-time, for a fixed term of four years with a four-month probation period. If applicable, the student will have to apply and receive a permit to study and reside in Finland. Salary is based on levels 1−4 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance with the overall salary amounting to approximately 2000−3000 €/month (gross) depending on the stage of the PhD project and work performance. Standard Finnish pension benefits, occupational health care, and health insurance are provided for University employees. Furthermore, the University offers comprehensive services including sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.


Applications close 30 June 2017. The start date is 1 September 2017 or negotiable soon thereafter.

In your application, please include:
- letter of motivation
- a CV including possible publication record
- copies of degree certificates and Master’s thesis
- names of, and contact information for, two referees.

The application, together with the required attachments as a single pdf file, must be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic Recruitment System by clicking on Apply for job. 

Further information

For more information, please contact Academy Research Fellow Maija Heikkilä: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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