One PhD position will work with the release of volatiles by deciduous and evergreen tundra shrubs and the impact of leaf and plant surface temperatures. The aim is to obtain an improved quantification of relationships among canopy temperature, plant phenology, species characteristics, and BVOC emission under varying environmental conditions. The work includes field measurements and modeling work.

The second PhD position will focus on the effects of insect herbivory and warming on BVOC emissions from Arctic willows and birch. The aim is to assess the quantity and composition of volatiles induced by insect feeding and to compare the temperature sensitivities of constitutive and induced volatiles. The work includes field measurements and laboratory experiments under controlled conditions.

The successful candidates will have a MSc in biology, environmental science, or a related field, with the degree obtained by 31 March 2018. A demonstrated fluency in written and spoken English is also required. Candidates for both positions must be able and willing to work under extended periods in remote locations (e.g. Greenland) and experience in Arctic fieldwork and gas exchange measurements of biogenic volatiles or greenhouse gases are beneficial. For the first position, experience in plant ecophysiology is an advantage. For the second position, experience in plant-insect interactions or entomology is an asset.

Applications must be in English, submitted online, and include:

  • A letter of motivation for the application with a statement of research interests and indication of the preferred position;
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum of two pages);
  • List of publications, if applicable;
  • Copy of Bachelor and Masters diplomas and transcripts, and other relevant certificates, including grades;
  • A short abstract of the MSc thesis; and
  • Contact details of at least two persons for references.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time, 15 February 2018.

For more information or to apply, visit the website.

For questions, contact Riikka Rinnan.