Internship for a chemist student - international research project in the field of climate change, stable isotopes and tree rings

Natural Sciences
1 Aug, 2019 to 31 Jan, 2020
1 Jun, 2019

General information

6 months

Recent climate scenarios predict increasing temperature and drought for Europe, which will have impact on forest growth and hydrological functions in trees. It is thus crucial to understand and predict the consequences of climate change on forest ecosystems. To advance our knowledge about plant functions, such as the response of photosynthesis and water consumption to future climate, and to improve reconstructions of past climate conditions using tree-rings, we use stable isotopes as a proxy record. 

My research team of 7 people studies the impact of climate change on forests in northern Eurasia in European Research Council (ERC) and Academy of Finland funded projects (project web page: In the projects we are developing and applying state-of-the-art analytical methods to reach our goals.


We are looking for a highly motivated student at MSc or PhD level to join our research team. The student needs to have background in chemistry. The candidate should bring enthusiasm for research, have strong laboratory skills, and a high attention to detail. Good English and communication skills are a mandatory. The duration of the internship is flexible but should be at least 3 months. Candidates must have received an Erasmus+ grant and be affiliated to a European university. The successful candidate will be given a challenging project to study oxygen isotope signal (δ18O) of tree ring cellulose. The project includes laboratory work (synthesis, NMR etc.), interpretation of results and presentation of the results in project meetings. Our research team is international and thus all meetings are in English.


As compensation, the accommodation costs in Helsinki will be covered and the laboratory and office space will be provided.


Questions and applications can be addressed to [email protected]  

Applications are expected to include cover letter and CV. They should be sent via email! Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Financial compensation


chemistry  cellulose  climate change  NMR  oxygen isotope  
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