Bioregions trainee

Bioregions trainee

The Bioregions Facility aims to be a knowledge center of innovation for the regional forest bioeconomy. FIRE-RES project is developing open innovation approaches to speed up innovation uptake to mitigate wildfire risk. The trainee will support activities related to exploitation of innovation in the forest bioeconomy from the Bioregions Facility and in wildfires from the FIRE-RES project, as well as awareness raising activities.

Your tasks will include:

  • Support the organisation of online matchmaking events such as “Forestry Speed Datings”, as well as in-person innovation / pitching days.
  • Support the implementation of activities aimed at speeding up innovation, facilitating the replication, access to market and upscaling of novel solutions in forestry and forest value chains.
  • Support the development of communications activities and content on innovation topics.
  • Other activities as agreed during the traineeship period.

Traineeship conditions:

  • Duty station at EFI HQ in Joensuu, Finland
  • Paid monthly traineeship allowance
  • Duration of traineeship is for a period of 6 months
  • Starting date: April-May 2024

For more information about the post, please contact Siebe Briers, Expert: siebe.briers@efi.int.

Closing date for applications is: 15th March 2024.

Job requirements

  • Academic background in forestry, natural resources, wood industry or similar
  • Interest in innovation
  • Hands-on, proactive, independent
  • Ability to work with Microsoft Office
  • Experience in organising events is an asset

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  • Deadline: 15 March 2024
  • Type: Traineeship
  • Locatiton: Joensuu, Finland

Draft Program helps you to launch your business

Draft Program helps you to launch your business

From the Draft Program® you’ll get funding and entrepreneurship coaching to help you to launch your business and become a successful service- and product developer. In the first phase, the funding is EUR 1,000 and in the second phase EUR 3,000.

All residents of Kuopio and students, staff and alumni of Karelia, Riveria, Savo Vocational College, Savonia and UEF can apply for the program.

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  • Deadline: 15 January 2024
  • Type: Funding
  • Locatiton: Joensuu, North Savo

Doctoral Researcher in Sustainability of Wooden Construction

Doctoral Researcher in Sustainability of Wooden Construction

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of a Doctoral researcher in Sustainability of Wooden Construction (puurakentamisen kokonaiskestävyys). The Doctoral researcher will work at the Department of Forest Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at University of Helsinki and the doctoral studies will be carried out within the doctoral program AGFOREE (Doctoral Programme for the sustainable use of renewable natural resources).

The Doctoral researcher will be appointed for a fixed-term 3-year contract (start date: March 4, 2024 or as agreed) to work in a project entitled “Hyytiälä Living Lab – Sustainable wood construction and human health’. The project will be supervised by Professor, Dean Ritva Toivonen and Postdoctoral researcher Jaakko Jussila (Department of Forest sciences, University of Helsinki), and Research professor Katja Lähtinen (Natural Resources Institute Finland, LUKE)

 
The “Hyytiälä Living Lab – sustainable wood construction and human wellbeing” -project aims at designing, building and pilot testing a physical, experimental, and multidisciplinary research environment to University of Helsinki Forest Research Station in Hyytiälä (Juupajoki, Pirkanmaa). The research project will utilize modern massive timber buildings (conference/learning and catering building and accommodation buildings constructed during 2021-2023). The project consists of several interrelated infrastructure and research projects. 

The work of the Doctoral researcher entails delivering new research knowledge on assessing overall multi-dimensional sustainability of wood construction and covering the building life-cycle (from raw material production to construction, use of building, and material recycling after the use-time of the building). Various sustainability dimensions (economic, ecological, social/cultural) and their potential interrelatedness are considered, as well as dimension-related indicators/criteria. The appointee’s research aims to understand how particularly human health and wellbeing are related to the dimensions, or how climate and biodiversity impacts, technological advancements, or financial viability of wood construction may be related to sustainability. It is also of interest to better understand potential inter-relatedness, or trade-offs, between sustainability impacts by life-cycle phases, or to whom do they accrue.

One goal for the research is to develop a framework/model that provides one basis for systematic (multi-dimensional) overall sustainability assessment of wood construction over the building life-cycle. The framework would also support assessing the impacts of improved sustainability from the point of view of various actors (incl. businesses, society and citizens). The research will utilize the new Hyytiälä Living Lab environment and the related data as the research material when relevant.

Doctoral researcher: We are looking for a highly motivated, skilled researcher with a Master’s degree, who is experienced in forest economics/environmental economics, wood construction/building technologies, or related field(s). Experience in quantitative methodologies (e.g., life-cycle analysis, statistical modeling), and knowledge on building/housing are considered assets.

A successful candidate should be able to:

  • Independently design, conduct, and report research within the scope of the project.
  • Contribute to undergraduate student supervision and teaching within the department.
  • Engage with the scientific community, and the wider public, internationally and domestically through scientific publications, conference presentations, blogs etc.

The candidate is expected to have:

Education, experience and technical skills

  • A relevant Master’s degree as described above.
  • Fluency in English, including excellent writing skills. Skills in the official languages of Finland (Finnish, Swedish) are an asset.
  • Experience in working within wood-forestry sector and construction/housing industry are considered an advantage.
  • Interest and experience in collaborating with forest/construction industry.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Strong motivation in participating and implementing scientific research.
  • Excellent analytical research skills, active and goal-oriented approach.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience and willingness to work within multicultural and multidisciplinary teams.
  • High motivation and skills in working and communicating in academic-practice interface.

The appointee should either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment or apply for the right and obtain it within the probationary period of six months of their appointment. If the candidate does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, it is to be applied for separately, please see: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/the-application-process-in-a-nutshell

The starting salary of the Doctoral researcher will be based on level 2 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary of the Doctoral researcher will be ca. 2400-2600 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care, health insurance, unemployment and pension fund, a holiday package, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. A six-month trial period will be applied, and the workplace of the position is Helsinki. 

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  • Deadline: 31 January 2024
  • Type: PhD position
  • Location: University of Helsinki, Finland

1 PhD Studentship

The call will open on 31 January 2024. The link to apply will be posted in due course. Please read below for preliminary information on the call.

Deadline: 2 March 2024

Start date: 1 November 2024

The University of Turin is seeking to appoint one fully funded PhD Student for the Politics of Wildfire (FIREPOL) project. The student will be enrolled in the PhD Programme in Urban and Regional Development (URD) at the Polytechnic University of Turin.

FIREPOL is a five-year, €1.5 million project funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant, based within the Inter-university Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) at the University and Polytechnic of Turin.

The FIREPOL project will deliver a cross-continental study of the political drivers of wildfires in the Global South. Through a multi-methods approach and a comparative perspective, FIREPOL combines and analyses newly compiled fire policy and remote sensing data with qualitative case studies and ethnographic research. The aim will be to understand and explain how a range of political factors (policies, power dynamics, social contention etc.) shape the geographical distribution and impact of wildfires, and public narratives about them.

FIREPOL will rely on a multidisciplinary team composed of researchers and admin staff with different expertise. We are currently looking for one PhD student to joint the team.

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Project Manager Position

Job call will open in early 2024. The link to apply will be posted in due course. Please read below for preliminary information on the call.

Duration: Fixed term for 12 months (potentially extendable up to 52 months), start as soon as possible

Engagement: Part Time (with potential to become full-time)

Salary for part time employment: €21,000-23,000 per annum depending on experience

The University of Turin is seeking to appoint one Project Manager (PM) for the Politics of Wildfire (FIREPOL) project.

FIREPOL is a five-year, €1.5 million project funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant, based within the Inter-university Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) at the University and Polytechnic of Turin.

The FIREPOL project will deliver a cross-continental study of the political drivers of wildfires in the Global South. Through a multi-methods approach and a comparative perspective, FIREPOL combines and analyses newly compiled fire policy and remote sensing data with qualitative case studies and ethnographic research. The aim will be to understand and explain how a range of political factors (policies, power dynamics, social contention etc.) shape the geographical distribution and impact of wildfires, and public narratives about them.

FIREPOL will rely on a multidisciplinary team composed of researchers and admin staff with different expertise.

Main  Activities

The PM will assist the PI in the coordination of the project and support the research team. They will be responsible for insuring and facilitating the general operation in accordance with the Grant Agreement terms. These functions will entail the organizational, administrative and financial management of the project as well as the coordination of communication and dissemination activities. The PM will work in conjunction with the administrative services of the University of Turin (UNITO) and the Collegio Carlo Alberto (CCA).

Administrative management :

Coordinate the needs of the project led by the Principal Investigator and those of UNITO and CCA administrations,

Monitoring and use of the timesheets,

Monitoring and contribution to contractual deadlines (deliverables, reports, etc.).

Financial management:

Execute expenses via the accounting management tools of UNITO and CCA,

Monitor budget expenditures, according to expenditure categories,

Coordinate the preparation, consolidation, and submission of financial reports, in conjunction with the PI, within the deadlines specified by the European Commission,Insure that any justification document is correctly drawn up and maintained by each partner, in anticipation of possible audits.

Organizational:

Help organize conferences and workshops in Italy and abroad,

Organize and oversee funding of fieldwork and other project-related travel by the PI and team members in Italy and abroad,

Assist with the organization, visitors, presentations, and minutes of project meetings.

Reports:

Support the preparation of scientific reports and other documents,

Coordinate and assist in preparation of financial reports

Assist with the compilation of information and background research tasks as required by the project

Communication:

Support team members in dissemination of their activities and outputs

Create (or assist in the creation of) a project website and take responsibility for its development over time and its maintenance

Implement communication actions in various media (internal and external).

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3 Post-Doctoral Research Associates

3 Post-Doctoral Research Associate Positions

Job call will open on 22 December 2023. The link to apply will be posted in due course. Please read below for preliminary information on the call.

Duration: Fixed term for 24 months (potentially extendable), start between 1 April and 1 December 2024

Salary: €32,000 per annum

Deadline: 22 January 2024

The University of Turin is seeking to appoint three Postdoctoral Research Associates (PDRAs) for the Politics of Wildfire (FIREPOL) project.

FIREPOL is a five-year, €1.5 million project funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant, based within the Inter-university Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) at the University and Polytechnic of Turin.

The FIREPOL project will deliver a cross-continental study of the political drivers of wildfires in the Global South. Through a multi-methods approach and a comparative perspective, FIREPOL combines and analyses newly compiled fire policy and remote sensing data with qualitative case studies and ethnographic research. The aim will be to understand and explain how a range of political factors (policies, power dynamics, social contention etc.) shape the geographical distribution and impact of wildfires, and public narratives about them.

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CTF Award 2024: Challenge the Fabric 2024

CTF 2024 introduces a significant evolution with the relaunch of the CTF Award, a talent competition challenging designers to create looks made from man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF). The competition is designed as a way to promote and encourage a switch to biobased and/or recycled materials.

Open to emerging designers in business for up to three years, the CTF Award will recognise the innovative use of MMCF fabrics and textiles, with the winner selected by a jury of industry professionals.

The recipient of the CTF Award will be awarded a prize of $10,000 during the event in Milan on May 14.

How to apply:

To apply, you must have been producing commercially available apparel for a maximum of three years (at the time of submitting an application). You should have consistent experience working with and promoting best practices across apparel supply chains and demonstrate innovative use of fabrics and textiles.

What to include in your CTF Award application

  • Brand Overview
  • Lookbook & Portfolio
  • Logo and Portrait
  • Current stockists
  • Reason for applying
  • Experience working with MMCF materials

Deadline to apply: 1 March 2024

How it works

The jury will select a group of finalists who will be challenged to create one look out of MMCF material, showing innovative use of the fabric. Each shortlisted designer will be sent material from a selected CTF innovation partner working within the MMCF field.  

All finalists will be asked to showcase their look during CTF 2024, taking place in Milan on May 14th and 15th. The winner will be presented during an event on May 14th and will win a cash prize of 10,000 USD. 

Finalists will be notified in March 2024.

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Open and upcoming Horizon Europe calls

Five Horizon Europe calls are open for the forest-based sector. The deadline for these calls is set on 7 February 2024.

Several calls also opened on 17 October and others will open in December 2023, for instance:

All the open and upcoming calls are available on this page of the FTP Database.

European forest researcher nature oriented forest management

Deadline: 10 December 2023

Are you challenged by the role that forests and forest management play on the road to a sustainable future? Would you like to use your knowledge of forests to improve our understanding of climate smart forest management within Europe? Are you interested to find solutions for the challenges in the chain of wood products? Then we might be looking for you!

Do you want to apply?

You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval. We will continually assess incoming applications, so it helps to apply soon.

This vacancy will be listed up to and including December 10th 2023.

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FOREST4EU: Call for expression of interest to participate in the work of the Policy Focus Group for South-East Europe

HORIZON EUROPE funded project European innovation partnership network promoting operational group dedicated to forestry and agroforestry – FOREST4EU aims at connecting the existing Operational Groups (OGs) from different countries around Europe to favour the transfer of knowledge and best practices between experts in this field.

The establishment of Policy Focus Groups will improve conditions for innovations in forestry and agroforestry through the support of OGs.

The Policy Focus Group for South-East Europe encompasses Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Greece, and the work will be coordinated by the Croatian Competence Centre Ltd. for research and development.

If you have experience in rural development, forestry, and agroforestry and have an interest in improving the support for innovations in forestry and agroforestry in your region, please fill out the expression of interest available here no later than 1 December 2023.

Participate in the work of the FOREST4EU Policy Focus Group of Southeast Europe. More details about the Southeast European Policy Focus Group and the FOREST4EU project can be found here.

This project has received co-funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement N° 101086216.

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