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Early Stage Researcher, International Environmental and Climate Change Law
The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,000 students and 2,700 members of staff. We operate on two campuses in Joensuu and Kuopio. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading universities in the world.

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies operates on two campuses of the University of Eastern Finland – in Joensuu and Kuopio. The faculty trains experts in the fields of history, geography, economics and business administration, law, social sciences, and social and health management. The faculty’s research is closely linked to the research areas identified in the university’s strategy. The faculty has approximately 4,300 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students and approximately 450 postgraduate students actively pursuing their studies. The faculty has approximately 300 staff members.

We are now inviting applications for

an Early Stage Researcher (International Environmental and Climate Change Law) position, UEF Law School, Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law, Joensuu Campus

The position will be based at the UEF Law School, which is the leading Finnish research institution in the fields of natural resources, climate change, energy and environmental law. The UEF Law School hosts the Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL) (, which has emerged as an international hub for high-quality research in climate change, energy and international environmental law. CCEEL brings together eight professors, four adjunct professors, five senior researchers, two postdoctoral researchers and more than 20 PhD students. The group has published widely on climate law and policy.

The Early Stage Researcher position will be part of the new 2035Legitimacy (“Leaving No One Lost in Transition: Citizens and the Legitimacy of Finland’s Transition to a Carbon Neutral Welfare State”) project, funded by the Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council. The project focuses on the social and legitimacy dimensions of Finland’s ambitious 2035 carbon neutrality target and related national and international processes. The project will engage with a broad range of societal actors and identify concrete policies and actions through which the legitimacy of Finland’s planned carbon neutrality transition can be strengthened and the related challenges addressed, especially from the perspective of private citizens. The project is strongly multidisciplinary, combining law, economics, sociology and climate science. The UEF is leading the research consortium, the other partners being the VATT Institute for Economic Research, the Finnish Environment Institute, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the University of Helsinki and the University of Jyväskylä.

The Early Stage Researcher will be expected to prepare a doctoral dissertation during the project. The candidate will focus on the legitimacy implications of international climate policy processes and institutions. Specifically, the research will investigate the ways in which non-state actors (including citizens) can effectively participate in international climate decision-making processes. The Early Stage Researcher will be supervised by Prof. Harro van Asselt and Prof. Kati Kulovesi, CCEEL, UEF Law School.

We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

a completed master’s degree in law or in another relevant field; students in the final stages of their master studies may be considered on the condition that they can provide evidence that they are close to completion
a strong interest in climate change law and policy
a keen interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research and working as part of a team
an excellent ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in English; command of Finnish is a bonus.
The position will be full-time and will last for three years with the possibility of an extension. The starting date is 1 March 2021. The position of Early Stage Researcher shall always be filled for a fixed term (UEF University Regulations, Section 31).

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (€2,055.66–2,563.09/month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 50% of the job requirement component.

A probationary period will apply to new members of the university staff.

For further information on the Early Stage Researcher position, please contact: Prof. Harro van Asselt, For further information relating to the application procedure, please contact Human Resources Coordinator Airi Leppänen, tel. +358 29 445 5171,

The electronic application form should contain the following appendices:

a curriculum vitae (
a list of publications (
a letter stating the applicant’s motivation for applying for the position and their key qualities relevant to this position (no more than one page)
copies of the applicant’s academic degree certificates/diplomas, and copies of certificates/ diplomas relating to the applicant’s language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas
other documents to demonstrate the applicant’s suitability for the position.
The application needs to be submitted no later than 4 January 2021 (by 24.00 Finnish time) using the electronic application form. Interviews are scheduled for January 2021.