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Postdoctoral Researcher, Neuroscience

The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for Postdoctoral Researcher position on the Kuopio Campus. The position will be filled for a 4-year term from 1 September 2022 (or as agreed) to 31 August 2026. Please find more information below and submit your application no later than 15 august 2022.

Role and salary As our new Postdoctoral Researcher, you will be working at the A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The position is located in Kuopio, Finland. 

The tasks of the Postdoctoral Researcher involve technical research in the field of neuroscience by developing and applying advanced computational methods to study multimodal data (multimodal imaging, EEG, genetics, behavior), potentially from multiple sources towards a strongly integrative view of neuroscience.

• the Postdoctoral Researcher will take responsibility in projects that involve neuroimaging (MRI) research, primarily targeting  eurodegenerative diseases, epilepsy, surgical interventions and major depression disorder.
• the researcher is expected to author high-quality scientific papers and help with the preparation of research projects.
• the researcher can take part in mentoring doctoral students, and they can contribute to the (software) tool development efforts at A.I. Virtanen Institute.

A. I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences is a research institute housing an international staff of 150 full-time scientists. It is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences and focuses on biomedical research on neurological and cardiovascular diseases (see https://www.uef.fi/en/unit/ai-virtanen-institute-for-molecular-sciences). The research is to be done in close collaboration with scientists from different research groups within UEF’s Neuroscience Research Community (NSciRC, see https://www.uef.fi/en/research-community/neuroscience-neuro ). The international UEFRAE2019 evaluation panel assessed NSciRC to be of outstanding quality in international comparison (score 6/6). The research of the A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences is based on the Ageing, Lifestyles and Health profile area in the university’s strategy.  Please see https://www.uef.fi/en/strategy-2030.

The position will be filled from 1 September 2022 (or as agreed) until 31 August 2026. The position is fixed-term due to it pertaining to a specific project. A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of the Finnish universities. The salary comprises two components: a job requirement component and a personal performance component. Depending on the candidate, the job requirement component will be determined based on level 5 or 6 for teaching and research staff. In this position, the job requirement component is 3044,00 €/month based on level 5, and 3549.72 €/month based on level 6. The personal performance component can be a minimum of 6% and a maximum of 50% of the above-mentioned sums. The estimated salary in the beginning of the employment will be in the range of 3348 – 3866 €/month based on level 5, and 3905 – 4508 €/month based on level 6.

Our requirements and expectations  


• doctoral degree in a relevant discipline
• excellent skills in scientific communication in English, both in terms of writing scientific papers and presenting research work
• hands-on experience in data analysis and method development (machine learning, complex networks, image/signal analysis) for neuroscientific applications
• strong programming and computational skills
• excellent collaborative skills


• experience in collaborating with multi-disciplinary academic research groups, hospitals and industry partners
• experience in managing research projects and teams, practical experience from top-level international research institutes and previous experience in neuroscience are considered assets
• previous experience in the supervision of PhD students and a successful track record in acquiring external funding are highly preferred

Your benefits  

You will have access to the university’s staff benefits, including  

  • extensive occupational health care  
  • staff discount on lunch in our campus restaurants, as well as on a range of other services  
  • affordable sports services.  

Please read more in the Work at UEF section on our website.  

You will have an opportunity to work in an interesting/meaningful/diverse role as part of our international, creative, participatory and inclusive academic community.    

Enjoy your life in Finland! Known for its cleanliness, welfare know-how, modern technology and superb education system, Finland is an exotic and safe country to work in. Please visit the Life in Finland section on our website to learn more.    

How to apply?  

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 15 August 2022 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time).     

Please note that you must include the following appendices in your application:  

Questions?   For further information on the position, please contact Research Director Dogu Baran Aydogan, +358 50 473 8759, baran.aydogan@uef.fi

For further information on the application procedure, please contact email hraivi@uef.fi during July and from 1 August HR Secretary Tarja Salmi, tel. +358 29 445 8220, tarja.salmi@uef.fi

University of Eastern Finland and the Faculty of Health Sciences in brief 

The University of Eastern Finland is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland, offering education in nearly 100 major subjects. We have a staff of 2,750 members, and our academic community comprises around 16,000 degree students and more than 27,000 adult education students. Our campuses are located in Joensuu and in Kuopio. Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. We generate research-based knowledge and make it openly accessible for the benefit of all. UEF stands for action with impact that is relevant today and tomorrow. To learn more about our university please visit our website at  www.uef.fi/en.

The Faculty of Health Sciences operates at the Kuopio Campus of the University of Eastern Finland. The Faculty offers education in medicine, dentistry, nutrition and pharmacy, as well as in some other central fields of the health care sector. The Faculty is research-intensive, and its internationally recognised research activities are closely linked to the strategic research areas of the University. There are approximately 3 090 degree students and about 580 PhD students in the Faculty. The faculty has 800 staff members. http://www.uef.fi/en/ttdk/etusivu

Read the job description at the university homepage

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Post expires on Monday August 15th, 2022