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 8 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: https://www.researchgate.net/project/ERC-and-Academy-of-Finland-funded-p...). 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, who is interested in forest research, stable isotope and/or climate change studies, to join our research team. The student should have background in studies of natural sciences. The candidate should bring enthusiasm for research, have prior experience in laboratory work, 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 4 months and start in summer 2021, preferably 1.6.. Candidates must have Erasmus+ grant and be affiliated to a European university. The successful candidate will be given a challenging project to study the formation of stable carbon and oxygen isotope signal (δ13C and δ18O, respectively) of trees in Finland. The project includes laboratory work, interpretation of results and presentation of the results in project meetings. Our research team is international and thus all meetings are in English. The research team includes PhD students, postdocs and more experienced researchers.
As compensation, the accommodation costs in Helsinki will be covered. The laboratory and office space will be provided. The intern will have a laptop and a mobile phone, which can be used, apart for work, also in freetime for internet and local calls.
Questions and applications can be addressed to [email protected]
Applications are expected to include cover letter, CV and record of the university courses taken. They should be sent via email! Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The deadline for applications is set as 31.3.2021. However, the position may be filled already before the deadline. Due to the COVID-19 limitations, we cannot currently consider applications that require visa processing.