The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organisation with 28 member countries and around 115 associate member organisations.  EFI undertakes forest research and policy support at pan-European and global level, with headquarters located in Joensuu, Finland. EFI has its other main offices in Barcelona, Bonn, Bordeaux and Brussels.  The Institute has app. 100 staff members and has an annual turnover of app. 14 million Euros. Further information about the organisation is available at www.efi.int.

EFI is seeking a dynamic Junior Researcher to join its Natural Sciences team within the Resilience Programme at its new office in Bonn, Germany.

The Resilience Programme is a new research programme at EFI. It aims to advance knowledge on the role of European forests as a green infrastructure in a global change context, delivering key ecosystem services for Europe’s societies. The Programme addresses the impacts of climate change, the need for adaptive forest management strategies, biodiversity as well as the role of forests in fostering resilient rural and urban areas. It will apply an inter and transdisciplinary perspective focussing on socio-ecological systems and will work at the science-policy-society interface.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • To synthesize from existing literature a framework for the analysis of forest resilience and risk management for guiding practical decision-making.
  • To review the existing knowledge on mitigating risks and enhancing forest resilience for three major “forest risk complexes”: i) Droughts and forest fires, ii) Storms, and iii) Biotic threats.
  • To adopt scientific knowledge for practical decision support and develop tools and materials how to enhance forest resilience in forest management.
  • Publish research findings in both academic journals and policy and practice oriented media.
  • Engage in communication and science-policy-practice interaction activities.


  • MSc in forestry or related disciplines, preferably with a focus on natural science aspects of forestry/land use/environment.
  • Demonstrable interest in science-policy-practice interaction related to forest resilience.
  • Knowledge relating to above mentioned forest risk complexes, with good understanding of ecosystem functioning that is driving forest responses to changing disturbances risks under climate change.
  • Knowledge on available decision support tools that can guide forest management decision making and interest in collecting experiences through surveys how such tools are used in practice.
  • International experience, e.g demonstrated by internships, studies abroad and/or international courses, international work experience.
  • Interest to generate both new research findings and recommendations for decision makers in practice.
  • Experience in science communication or journalism is beneficial.
  • Excellent spoken and written skills in English are essential. Knowledge of German is desirable.

Duty Station

The employee will be based at EFI’s Bonn Office, Germany.

Employment Conditions

The employee will be an EFI staff member. A fixed term appointment of three years is envisaged with the possibility for an extension. The position can start from 1st November 2017.

This is a part time position equivalent to 70% of a full time role. The acquirement of a PhD related to the project research is encouraged and will be supported by EFI.

EFI offers a competitive benefits and salary package.  This position offers a challenging opportunity to work within a stimulating international environment.

Interested candidates are requested to send a CV with a cover letter by 10th October 2017, using the online application form. If you are not able to apply online, please send your application to efi.hr @ efi.int.

For more information about the post, please contact Marcus Lindner, Principal Scientist, Resilience Programme: marcus.lindner @ efi.int.

EFI is an equal opportunity employer. All applications will be treated confidentially.

Please note that only candidates that have been shortlisted for interview will be contacted.