Website Natural Resources Institute (Luke)

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 for example on forestry, agriculture, food, game, and fisheries, and perform also statutory services.

One of the greatest challenges we are facing today is finding solutions to secure food supply under the pressure of a growing population, climate change, other environmental degradation and biodiversity loss. At the same time, changes in peoples dietary habits force us to consider how to produce healthy and nutritious food with a high ethical and ecological value. To achieve these goals, we need novel and innovative genetic approaches to enhance breeding programmes for agricultural and horticultural crops.

Advanced phenotyping systems that use digitalisation and new sensor technologies, combined with genomic technologies, including functional genomics and genome editing technologies, provide new information for breeding through genomic selection approaches. As a result, we can genetically enhance the resilience of crops by improving resistance to diseases, for example, while reducing the use of chemical crop protection agents.

The Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is looking for a research professor in the field of applied plant genomics (tenure track: associate or full professor). The research professor’s tasks include planning and conducting ambitious, innovative and multidisciplinary research projects, and securing of long-term funding from various funding sources. The research professor will also actively develop the research area, provide supervision for early-career researchers and be an active member of national and international research and stakeholder networks. In addition, the research professor is expected to actively publish in peer-reviewed, high-impact journals and disseminate research results to relevant policy makers, business actors, farmers and the public. In addition, the research professor is expected to implement and co-develop the research strategy in Genetics and breeding focus area together with research managers, research professors and leading scientists.

Please note that the application period expires on 30 September 2022 at 4.00 pm Finnish time (EEST). Unfortunately, we are unable to consider late applications.

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