The Department of Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Jyväskylä is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic member to their research group. Candidates should have a PhD or be about to obtain a PhD in landscape ecology, forestry, or another relevant discipline. Expertise in forest planning and understanding of forest growth models is necessary, including the ability to work with large data sets. Experience in forest simulation modelling and/or multi-objective optimization is considered an asset.
Application deadline: 15 October 2018
The postdoctoral researcher will work in the research group of Prof. Mikko Mönkkönen in the Biodiversa funded project “Scenarios for biodiversity and ecosystem services acknowledging health”. This project is a part of a multi-national consortium, with collaborators in Sweden, Norway, Germany and Austria. The main aim of the project is to forecast the impacts of mitigating climate change impacts through the transitioning process from a fossil-based to a bio-based economy at a European scale. The key issues considered in this research are the impacts on forest biodiversity and the relationship to human health. This work includes simulating forest data to mimic various management alternatives at a landscape level, and then explore alternative policies through the use of optimization tools and Bayesian statistical models. As a multi-objective problem, trade-offs will be examined between criteria for biodiversity, the perceived impact on health, climate impacts and ecosystem services. The projected solutions will help in assessing how each country should contribute to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. This assessment will include a quantification of the uncertainties of the conclusions.