Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Research Professor in Agricultural Water Management

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Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation working to promote bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. We provide solutions and services to our customers based on best available scientific knowledge. Our research results and services generate added value and sustainability as well as scientific evidence to support decision making. We carry out research on forestry, agriculture, food, game, and fisheries. We also perform statutory services. 

Being open-minded and curious and having a strong will to leave a positive mark to the world binds Luke people together. Together we build a positive working culture where each other’s work is highly respected. In Luke, the work assignments are versatile and employees can influence the content of their work. We work in a mobile work culture which gives you the possibility to work from wherever it suits you the best. Luke offers a multidisciplinary international research environment with unique research infrastructures, experimental sites and well-equipped laboratories. 

Luke employs around 45 top research professors in their field. Luke’s Professor Policy ensures transparency, predictability and international comparability in professor recruitments. For new employees coming from abroad Luke offers relocation packages which means a remarkable help in immigration and settling in Finland. An important asset for research at Luke is the multidisciplinary, innovative and ambitious researcher community and the availability of a wide range of technical staff. Our Intercultural Community offers possibilities to share experiences and competence, and supports the development of internationality in Luke.

Work tasks

In this position, the research professor is expected to carry out high-quality research in one or several of the following water protection and sustainable agriculture-related fields: 
• Development of the research area and new methods, tools and practises aiming at achieving control over agricultural loadings, while maintaining plant production in the face of changing climate. 
• Studying the mechanisms and processes causing erosion, studying loadings of nutrients, fertilizers and plant protectants from agricultural fields. 
• Studying the effect of soil chemical and physical properties, hydrology, soil management, soil amendments and cropping systems on agricultural loadings to surface and ground water. 
• Developing water protection measures essential for controlling loadings to watercourses. 
• Developing drainage and irrigation measures in the perspective of productivity and water protection. 
• Developing agri-environmental schemes and national and EU legislation to combat water erosion and nutrient leaching. 
• Establishing synergies between agricultural water management researchers and other related research groups to secure the interdisciplinary approaches needed. 

The person nominated in the position is expected to actively develop the strategic orientation of ambitious research projects, lead the development of large-scale international project entities and the procurement of long-term broad-based international funding, including EU funding.

A personnel security clearance may be obtained for a person chosen for an office or a post with his or her consent (Security Clearance Act 726/2014). For more information on the security clearance procedure and the rights of the person subject to clearance, visit www.supo.fi


The research professor (tenure track: associate or full professor) should have a doctoral degree in hydrology, applied ecology, soil or agricultural science, or similar field with expertise on water related issues. High-quality scientific publication record is essential, as well as an expertise to boreal agriculture production systems. Previous research experience on boreal agriculture is highly appreciated. Strong methodological skills on soil physics and water chemistry are important, while mastering applications related with dynamic modeling, stable isotopes, (bio)-markers, soil tomography or other are seen as an advantage. 

We expect the applicant to have expertise in applying organic and/or inorganic chemistry to advance knowledge on soil processes associated with element mobility and to have knowledge on soil physics and agricultural hydrology to study their role in erosion and nutrient loading in agricultural landscapes. The applicant could have research experience on soil fertility, chemical controls on the mobility of nutrients and chemicals, and their interactions with biological processes. Basic knowledge on the potential and challenges of recycling of materials as nutrient sources or soil amendments is required, as well as understanding the role of soil carbon in soil functioning. We appreciate capability of actively using modelling to estimate and predict soil erosion and nutrient leaching. 

The position requires excellent problem-solving, communication and international academic leadership skills, capacity to apply for broad-based external funding, including international sources, capacity to carry out empirical research and capacity to co-operate with clients including ministry staff, industry, other agencies, NGOs and farmers. The candidate should be active in science communications and science dissemination and take part in social debate on boreal agricultural water management issues in Finland and EU level, and integrate research field to emerging bioeconomy activities. Candidates must demonstrate a capacity to undertake high quality research, to build research networks, and to publish in highly cited peer-reviewed international research journals.

Scope of employment

Form of employment: Temporary employment

Scope:   Office work

Commencement:   01/06/2022or according to a contract.

Time-limited to:   31/05/2027Nature of the position

An applicant who has previously been elected as a professor at a university for the time being may be appointed as a research professor to a permanent position in Luke.


Last application date:   03/01/2022 16:00

Reference number:   30-557-2021

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You may also apply for this position by submitting your application to the address below. The job reference of the role must be cited both in the actual application and on the envelope. Applications will not be returned.

Luonnonvarakeskuksen kirjaamo
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki, FINLAND

Please attach to the application appendices written in English, and name the files as follows:

- Appendix 1: Application letter 

- Appendix 2: Complete curriculum vitae (full name, date and place of birth, nationality, current residence, education and degrees awarded, linguistic skills, current and previous positions, major research funding obtained, research leadership, list of supervised PhDs and post doctoral researchers, other academic merits, number of peer-reviewed articles, as well as H-index, total citations and average citation per item including the used database, such as Web of Science or Google Scholar) (maximum 10 pages) 

- Appendix 3: Complete list of publications (with citations and impact factors) and copies of ten selected publications most relevant for the professorship 

- Appendix 4: Summary of research activities carried out so far, including aspects of customer interphase work; societal impact of research; dissemination of research results (maximum two pages) 

- Appendix 5: Research plan, including ambitions as a research professor; research questions, aims, objectives and theoretical background; scientific significance and expected scientific impact; expected societal impact and dissemination; collaborators and customer interface; references (maximum five pages) 

-Appendix 6: Names and contact information of three referees


 The position is at complexity level 12 - 13 in Luke's salary system. Therefore, the position-specific salary component is EUR 5 140.65 - 5 805.06 per month. In addition to the position-specific salary component, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. It can be at most 50% of the position-specific salary component. The applicant may also present a separate salary request.


Number of positions advertised:   1


Contact person

Antti AsikainenExecutive Vice President, Research+358 29 532 3250antti.asikainen@luke.fi


Natural Resources Institute Finland
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki


Natural Resources Institute Finland
Tietotie 4
31600 Jokioinen


In Luke, we have implemented the mobile work model. This means that you can work in Finland in the most appropriate location from the perspective of your work, for example in other Luke locations or at home. 

Please note that the application period expires on January 3, 2022 at 4.00 pm (time in Finland, UTC + 2). Unfortunately, we are unable to consider late applications.

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