Doctoral Student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Doctoral Student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science  is currently seeking to recruit candidates to the positions of


The position starts on April 1st, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, contract length maximum of four years.

The Sawfly-lab studies empirically evolution of cooperative antipredator-strategies under varying ecological and social conditions in socially behaving haplodiploid pine sawflies. You can find more information about research questions here .

Qualifications we are looking for

We are seeking a highly motivated person to study experimentally the maintenance of cooperation and cheating in a PhD project entitled “Natural and social selection on cooperative antipredator defence strategies of pine sawflies”. Work will include both experimental work such as rearing experiments, behavioural experiments and field experiments as well as chemical analyses and molecular work. Expected results will provide important information on ecological and evolutionary processes that shape the first steps of evolutionary transitions toward more complex sociality: group living and cooperation within a group. Expected results will also have applied importance as they will be used to predict how variation in the social behavior and its consequences on individual fitness (e.g. immunology) can contribute for the population dynamics of forest pest insects under changing environmental conditions. Our lab will also support and provide opportunities to do outreach and develop science communication about the research topics depending on candidate’s own interests.

The Doctoral Student will join an international team of researchers at the Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä. In addition, PhD-project will involve both national (University of Oulu and University of Eastern Finland) and international (University of Kentucky, USA) research collaboration. The project provides diverse training and experience in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology, evolutionary genetics, behavioural ecology, and chemical ecology.

You are the person we are looking for if you have a Master’s degree, or be about to obtain a Master’s degree, in ecology, evolutionary biology, evolutionary genetics, entomology, zoology, or other relevant discipline. You are expected to have excellent written and oral communication skills and an ability to work independently in the laboratory and field. Preliminary experience with experimental work with insects is considered as an advantage, but is not necessary.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a postdoctoral researcher and a doctoral student are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines.  A good command of English is required and a proficiency to teach in English will be considered beneficial. Doctoral Student has to be accepted as a student of post-graduate studies in the University of Jyväskylä. If the applicant does not have permission for post-graduate studies in the University of Jyväskylä, it must be applied with a separate application procedure from the faculty after the selection for the position.

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

At the University of Jyväskylä you are a recognized member of our community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. You get to participate in our international and multi-science community where the welfare of each individual is important. At Jyväskylä we offer a great and lively campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

Finland has a high standard of living, with free schooling (also in English), affordable childcare, good family benefits, and healthcare. Jyväskylä is located in central Finland in the Finnish lakeland, and has excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The city of Jyväskylä is a major educational center and the city has a large student population. As such there is a vibrant cultural scene in the city. To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University’s International Staff Guide .

The annual salary range for a Doctoral Student in the beginning will be approximately 27,500 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus). A trial period of six months will be used in the beginning of the employment.

How to apply?

The application documents that should be included in pdf format:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering, when possible, the template for a researcher’s curriculum vitae by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity  and including contact information of two academics who can provide reference letters
  • Short application / motivation letter, including research interests.
  • Relevant certificates / diplomas

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by December 31st, 2020. For further details, please contact: Academy Research Fellow Carita Lindstedt-Kareksela, .

The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. JYU’s naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland. 

The research in the Department focuses on three core areas: evolutionary biology, natural resources and environment, and biological nanoscience. The Department building, Ambiotica, is an integral part of the University of Jyväskylä’s Ylistönrinne Mathematics and Science Research Complex, which also includes buildings for chemistry, physics and nanoscience. Ambiotica houses high quality laboratories for ecology and environmental science, molecular bioscience and experimental facilities for a wide range of biological and chemical analyses as well as highly motivated laboratory personnel.

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