Research Scientist – Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Finland: €3.3k

About the workplace: Research Scientist – Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) at Natural Resources Institute Finland (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 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 in Finland it suits you the best.

Luke offers a multidisciplinary international research environment with unique research infrastructures, experimental sites and well-equipped laboratories.

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Work tasks: Research Scientist – Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Researcher: Sustainability assessment, LCA, capacity building in projects in the Global south.

We Sustainability Science and Indicators Research Group in Natural Resources Institute Finland are doing a diverse research and capacity building work in Africa and Nepal, with key focus on the agri-food system and in collaboration with local universities and other actors.

We are looking for highly motivated and skilled researcher to join our development project team. The candidate should have background in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and previous experiences in development projects and developing countries are much appreciated.

As a Research Scientist – Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), you will be responsible for providing LCA based training in the partner universities, LCA data collection, in close cooperation with local partners, and development and implementation of other capacity building activities.

This requires you to travel to our target countries. You will work closely with the project team in planning implementation of project activities but also should be able to implement the planned activities independently when needed.

The Research Scientist – Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) contract period can be from 14 months to 22 months time. The official location of the work and the worker is in Finland. Work should be started as soon as possible.

Responsibilities: Research Scientist – Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

• Coordination of activities between the development projects operating in several countries
• Planning and development of research activities in all the projects and countries involved.
• LCA based and other data collection from the field
• Ensure compliance with project requirements and timelines
• Communicate research findings and recommendations to the project team and stakeholders

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Qualifications: Research Scientist – Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Qualifications / requirements:
• Background and experience in Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and other suitable sustainability assessment metrix
• Fluent written and spoken English
• Excellent communication and networking skills
• Ability to work independently
• Additional background in development projects appreciated
• Willingness to travel in Africa countries and Nepal

If you are passionate about sustainable development, willing to visit these thriving countries and are looking for an opportunity to make a difference globally, we encourage you to apply to this Research Scientist – Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) position.

Scope of employment: Research Scientist – Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Form of employment: Temporary employment
Scope: Office work
Commencement: 1.4.2023
or as agreed
Time-limited to: 30.4.2025
Type of work

Last application date: 28.3.2023 16.00

Reference number: 30-124-2023


Please attach your application letter and CV.


The position is at complexity level 8 in Luke’s salary system and the position-specific salary is EUR 3 310,60 per month. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid (max. 50% of the position-specific salary).

A new employee’s personal performance component depends on competence and experience and generally falls in the range of 15-20%. The applicant may also present a separate salary request.

Benefits: Research Scientist

Our mobile work model allows you to work in Finland in the location most appropriate for your work. In addition, we provide flexible hours, and as your employment with us continues, long vacations. We offer lunch benefits, as well as sports, culture or commuting support.

For international recruits, we provide a relocation package, which includes concrete support for coming to Finland and Luke (eg. residence permit, various registration procedures, banking and taxation, finding an apartment).

Employment: Research Scientist

Number of positions advertised: 1

Contact person
Juha-Matti Katajajuuri
Group Manager, available 16.3. 13.00-15.00 Finnish time
+358 29 532 6219
[email protected]






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