Currently available traineeships

Ecosystem service assessment of innovative organic farming: mushroom cultivation in forests

Rethinking the organisation of sustainable and organic food systems value chains is necessary to increase the sustainability and efficiency of food systems. In a project across Europe, case studies of innovative organic food systems identify best practice processes from multiple perspectives of resource efficiency: environment, economy, social and governance. In this context, the trainee will be working on a case study in Finland and collect data from farms which have mushroom cultivation as part of their farming activity. On Finnish farms, several mushroom species are cultivated such as shiitake, oyster mushrooms and truffles. The study will compare the productivity and (economic, environmental and social) sustainability of different mushroom cultivation methods such as e.g. indoor cultivation, outdoor cultivation and forest farming. Data will be gathered by interviewing farmers, literature study and exploring existing databases.

Skills required: Studies in agricultural, forest, biological, environmental sciences or a related field, capacity of reviewing and synthesizing information, proficiency in English and in Finnish. 

Duration:  2-6 months (flexible), starting 1.1.2022 or earlier

Trainees need to be granted a study grant or scholarship prior arrival. 

Traineeship location: Joensuu
Contact persons: Michael Den Herder (michael.denherder@efi.int)

Mapping of digital forest services and business services

What kind of online and professional hands-on forest services are currently available to forest owners? What kind of forest service companies exist and what are their services to private forest owners (with or without digital services)?  What type of digital solutions exist in different parts of the world and what is their market potential? The trainee will participate in mapping different forest services worldwide in a desktop study. Moreover, interviews with service providers and/or forest owners can be carried out to gain deeper insights on the topic. The trainee will prepare a report of findings and “best practice” solutions offered to private forest owners currently. 

Duration:  2-3 months, starting 1.2.2022 or earlier

Trainees need to be granted a study grant or scholarship prior arrival. 

Traineeship location: Joensuu
Contact persons: Diana Tuomasjukka (diana.tuomasjukka@efi.int)

Wood utilization in prefabricated residential construction

A lot of attention was given recently to the development of new wood-based building materials that help modernizing the construction sector to more sustainable and climate-friendly approaches. We would like to improve the knowledge on the raw material use in the production of prefabricated buildings. The analysis will start with creation of an overview of significant prefab construction companies active in the Nordic countries, and a presentation of the most common types of dwellings sold on the market. In a second stage, the student will engage with selected companies to analyse the raw material inputs and processing efficiencies. This topic could also be modified e.g. in geographical focus, depending on the student background and interests.

Skills required: 

•    Confident communicator
•    Capacity of reviewing, compiling and synthesizing information
•    Solid organization skills
•    Proficient in English language
•    Nordic language skills (Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish) are an asset
•    Good writing skills
•    Microsoft office applications

Duration: Minimum 6 months (flexible)

Trainees need to be granted a study grant or scholarship prior arrival. EFI can provide limited assistance with the grant application process if necessary.

Traineeship location: Joensuu/online
Contact persons: Jo Van Brusselen (jo.vanbrusselen@efi.int) Mariana Hassegawa (mariana.hasegawa@efi.int)


Forest Products Trade Flow Database – systems development

EFI maintains a database system to provide an up-to-date, neutral, comprehensive source of forest products bilateral trade statistics to the public through an online interface. The data are queried from UN COMTRADE and go through a validation process before being made accessible online. The system includes a possibility to produce on-the-fly pdf reports that follow predefined formats. We seek a highly skilled trainee to develop additional report formats and to improve the data visualization options. For more info, see: https://www.efi.int/knowledge/databases/fptf

Skills required: Confident English language user, excellent coding ability with R statistical software (Linux, Windows), MySQL and on-line visualization applications

Duration: Minimum 6 months (flexible)
Trainees need to be granted a study grant or scholarship prior arrival. EFI can provide limited assistance with the grant application process if necessary.

Traineeship location: Joensuu
Contact person: Jo Van Brusselen (jo.vanbrusselen@efi.int)