The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organisation with 29 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

EFI’s Resilience Programme 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 and biodiversity as well as the role of forests in fostering resilient rural and urban areas. It applies an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective focusing on socio-ecological systems and works at the science-policy-society interface.

EFI is seeking two Junior Researchers to join its Resilience Programme, to conduct a global research and capacity-building project related to the future of employment and green jobs in the forest sector, in close collaboration with the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).

Key responsibilities will include:

  •  Support and conduct empirical social research relating to employment and green jobs in the global forest sector.
  • Organize expert workshops and expert group meetings.
  • Conduct communication activities and engage at the science-policy-practice interface.
  • Oversee and coordinate a student traineeship programme.
  • Facilitate global networking and capacity building among forestry students and young professionals.
  • Publish academic, policy and practice oriented reports.


  • MSc in Forest Science or related subject.
  • Experience with empirical social science research is an asset.
  • Experience with organizing events (workshops etc.) is an asset.
  • Interest and ability to engage in networking and communication activities.
  • Excellent spoken and written skills in English are essential. Knowledge of additional languages is an asset.
  • Experience with international student networking is a strong asset.
  • Work experience in other international (forest) organizations is an asset.

Duty Station:

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

Employment Conditions:

The positions are for a fixed term of three years and will ideally start from 1st November 2018. The positions are subject to a final funding decision, which is expected soon.
The positions are part-time, 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.
Interested candidates are requested to send (in English) a CV including copies of academic degree certificates/diplomas with a motivation letter by Monday 15th October 2018, using our online application
For more information about the positions, please contact Andrew Male, Head of HR & Administration:
[email protected].
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.