Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Research Professor in Agricultural Genomics

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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

One of the greatest challenges we are facing today is finding solutions to secure food supplies under the pressure of a growing population, climate change and decreasing biodiversity. At the same time, changes in dietary habits force us to think how to produce healthy and nutritious food with high ecological and ethical principles. To meet the goals of sustainable food production, novel and innovative genetic approaches are needed to enhance breeding programmes in agriculture and aquaculture. In combination with improved phenotyping systems, functional genomic methods and novel genome editing technologies, genomics alongside with genomic selection approaches provide new foundations for breeding for resilience, e.g. improving disease resistance as well as possibilities to reduce the use of chemical pesticides or antimicrobial agents. 

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is looking for a research professor in the field of applied agricultural genomics. The person we are looking for is a leading expert in the field of genomics, cell biology and molecular breeding. The new professor will join and strengthen genomics and breeding research in Luke. This research area brings together scientists and experts working on genomic selection and quantitative genetics, molecular genetics and genomics, and molecular breeding of food crops, forest trees, livestock and farmed fish. Luke works in close collaboration with commercial breeders and national forest breeding and genetic resources programmes. Luke is simultaneously seeking a new research professor in the field of quantitative genetics and the two professors are expected to work as a pair.

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The research professor's tasks are to conduct, direct and promote research, be active and visible in national and international research networks, secure external research funding, co-operate with stakeholders, publish research results in peer-reviewed journals and disseminate research results to relevant policy makers and business actors. 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, professors and leading scientists. 

The ideal candidate should have a doctoral degree in molecular biology, genetics, genomics or similar field and a profound understanding of plant and/or animal breeding and food production systems. The successful applicant should have competence in molecular genetics, genomics, molecular breeding technologies. Bioinformatics skills and the ability to apply statistical methods for genomic data sets are considered an advantage.  

A strong proven record of relevant scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals is required. The person should also show competence in generating and leading interdisciplinary research projects with high scientific and social impact and a proven track record of successfully acquired external research funding. The applicant should possess good co-operational skills and have strong international networks. Experience of building and leading networks of research professionals is considered an advantage. Good skills in spoken and written English are required. The successful candidate must comply with Lukes open science and data policy.

Scope of employment

Form of employment: Temporary employment

Scope:   Office work

Commencement:   01/08/2022or according to a contract.

Time-limited to:   31/07/2027Nature 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:   30/11/2021 16:00

Reference number:   30-523-2021

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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
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 November 30, 2021 at 4.00 pm (time in Finland, UTC + 2). Unfortunately, we are unable to consider late applications.

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