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Postdoctoral Researcher in Super-Resolution Microscopy and Microbiology

The University of Helsinki is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. HiLIFE Helsinki Institute of Life Science is a research institute that supports high quality life science research across the University campuses and faculties. The research activities at the Institute of Biotechnology consist of several research teams focusing on a specific area of molecular biology, cell biology or biotechnology. For more information, please visit https://www.helsinki.fi/en/hilife-institute-of-biotechnology.

TEMPADAPT (Single-molecule visualization of temperature adaptation in sub-cellular dynamics and organization across bacteria) is a 5-year ERC-funded project in the laboratory of Jarno Mäkelä at the Institute of Biotechnology, from 2023 onwards. The project will aim at understanding temperature adaptation at the single molecule level in live bacteria. We will study bacteria thriving at 0°C (psychrophiles), moderate temperatures (mesophiles), and high temperatures up to 100°C (thermophiles). In addition to state-of-the-art super-resolution microscopy, the project will apply single-cell perturbations, machine learning and modelling to analyze, integrate, and make sense of single-cell and molecule level data. 

The HiLIFE – Institute of Biotechnology, Mäkelä laboratory of Temperature Adaptation in Bacteria, invites applications for 

Postdoctoral Researcher in Super-Resolution Microscopy and Microbiology

starting from May 2023, or as agreed, for a 3-year fixed-term employment contract with the possibility of continuation. 

Position description

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated postdoctoral researchers, who are interested in applying (and possibly developing) super-resolution microscopy and single-particle tracking, to join our research group for an ERC-funded project. The project involves planning and executing experimental work including state-of-the-art microscopy, genetic engineering, RNA-sequencing, data analysis, machine learning, and modelling to unravel how bacteria adapt to different temperatures. Our team will work on multiple topics at the interface of physics, chemistry, and biology: intracellular spatial organization, macromolecular crowding, liquid-liquid phase separation, heat- and cold shock protein dynamics, and gene regulation. The postdoctoral researcher will have a key role in contributing ideas, analyzing and interpreting the findings, and writing up the research, in collaboration with the broader project group.

Selection criteria

A successful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent, a strong background in biophysics, microbiology, computational biology, or other relevant fields, and has demonstrated a keen interest in quantitative approaches. Previous experience in ‘wet’ lab work, genetic engineering, microbiology work, advanced microscopy, Python/R/Matlab coding, bioinformatics, or data analysis is considered an advantage. Excellent communication and writing skills in English and ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary international team are expected. The candidate should have previous research published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and outstanding organization and time management skills.

Salary and benefits

The starting salary of the postdoctoral researcher will be 3400-3900 euros/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience. A trial period of 6 months will be applied. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care, supported access to high quality sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.

How to apply

Please submit your application as a single pdf file, which includes the following documents in English: 
•    A motivation letter, clearly stating your research interests and why you consider yourself a good candidate for the position (max 1 page) 
•    CV (max 2 pages)
•    List of publications (max 2 pages)


Include also contact information of two persons who are willing to provide a reference letter by a separate request. Please submit your application, together with the required attachment, through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the ‘Apply for job’ button. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) submit their applications through the SAP Fiori portal.

The deadline for the applications is 3rd of January, but the position will be filled once a suitable candidate has been identified.

For more information, please contact the Principal Investigator Jarno Mäkelä (jarno.p.makela(at)helsinki.fi) or visit our lab website .

Why work with us?
Finland is a member of the EU, has high quality free schooling (also in English), generous family benefits and healthcare, and was recently ranked as the best country in the world for expat families and in the world’s top ten most livable cities. Finland and the Helsinki region possess top expertise in sciences in terms of a vibrant talent pool, leading research, strong support services and functioning collaboration networks. For more information about working at the University of Helsinki and living in Finland, please see helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university

Helsinki Institute of Life Science
Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) is a new institute established in 2017 that supports high quality life science research across the University campuses and faculties. HiLIFE builds on existing strengths and new recruits and partnerships to create an attractive international environment for researchers to solve grand challenges in health, food, and environment. HiLIFE coordinates research infrastructures in life sciences and provides research-based interdisciplinary training.

University of Helsinki
The University of Helsinki (UH), founded in 1640, is a vibrant scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. It is currently investing heavily in life sciences research. UH offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.

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Deadline: 2023-01-03 at 23:59
Unit: Helsinki Institute of Life Science

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Post expires on Tuesday January 3rd, 2023

Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Policy

The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of     
    
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER
    
for a fixed term period starting as agreed for the duration of 2 years.

The postdoc will work with the newly appointed Professor of Health and Social Services Research and Leadership, Virpi Timonen, affiliated with the Discipline of Social Policy (Yhteiskuntapolitiikka) and the cross-disciplinary UHealth initiative. The post holder will be involved in a number of existing and planned projects, and will have capacity and keen interest to contribute to new project ideas and applications.
    
The research themes include (but are not limited to) ageing, care, social services, intergenerational relationships and family relations. While most of the projects will have a major international dimension, a degree of familiarity, or capability to become familiar with, the landscape of social services provision in Finland (especially as it is unfolding after major reforms) will be considered an advantage. While applicants who have strong qualitative or quantitative methods skills will be considered, a preference will be given to those who can demonstrate a high degree of competence and ability to develop both sets of skills (mixed methods). As several projects will involve scoping of extensive, complex literatures, applicants are expected to demonstrate experience of conducting literature reviews.

In addition, the researcher is expected to actively contribute to teaching in the master’s programme in health and social services and leadership and in the discipline of Social Politics (up to 5% of their working time annually), as well as prepare new research proposals.

 

QUALIFICATIONS  
 
An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in Sociology, Social Policy, or other relevant field. The default assumption is that the degree requirement must be met by the beginning of the employment. The successful applicant will have strong methods skills, with a preference for those who can demonstrate a command of both qualitative and quantitative methods, and an excellent command of written English and Finnish. The applicant’s research interests should be broadly aligned with the research areas of the Principal Investigator (Prof Timonen).
 

WHAT WE OFFER  
 
We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The annual gross salary range will be approx. €42,000 – €47,000, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.

The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki. The Faculty of Social Sciences provides assistance in relocation.
 

HOW TO APPLY  
 
Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link “Apply now” below. Applicants who are currently employed by the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP Fiori portal at https://msap.sap.helsinki.fi. The closing date for applications is 12 December, 2022.
 
Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English:
1) A curriculum vitae, 2) A statement (max 2 pages) outlining the following skills and competences: qualitative research methods; quantitative research methods; literature reviews, 3) A numbered list of publications on which the applicant has marked in bold their two key publications to be considered during the review.
 
Detailed information on the CV and list of publications can be obtained online.

Applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background or from members of minority groups are welcomed.

FURTHER INFORMATION  
 
Further information about the position and the research project may be obtained from Prof Virpi Timonen, virpi.timonen@helsinki.fi.
   
The Faculty of Social Sciences is Finland’s leading research and education institute in the social  sciences, and the country’s most diverse social sciences faculty in terms of the range of its disciplines  and fields of research. The Faculty has a strong international research profile and an international  master’s programme, and several of its disciplinary units have been rated among the top 50 in the world.  The Faculty has approximately 500 research and teaching staff, and each year it awards some 350 bachelor’s degrees, 400 master’s degrees and more than 40 doctoral degrees.

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Deadline: 2022-12-12 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences

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Post expires on Monday December 12th, 2022

Two Postdoctoral Researchers for Regenerative Agriculture in East Africa

1) Postdoctoral Researcher in crop modeling for Regenerative Agriculture in East Africa

 

We are looking for a highly motivated Postdoctoral researcher to join to Earth Change Observation Laboratory (ECHOLAB) group. The position is located at the Department of Geosciences and Geography, at Faculty of Science.

 

Description

We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Researcher, who will be part of the international research team working on Regenerative agricultural systems for climate resilience in agroecological gradient in East Africa (REACT) project funded by Academy of Finland.

 

REACT aims to develop new knowledge on water, soil, biodiversity, and land management to improve resource use efficiency for regenerative smallholder agricultural systems in different agroecological zones in Kenya. We develop research-based measures with local agricultural stakeholders to enhance the climate resilience of cropping systems. The project will contribute to this systemic change by identifying efficient adoptable pathways to improve plant water availability and stable soil organic carbon sequestration for improved water retention in variable conditions. This targets to ensure long term productive and resilient regenerative farming systems for maintaining food security whilst operating within current and future environmental limits under climate change.

 

The Postdoctoral researcher will be employed for 24 months at the University of Helsinki. In addition to conducting research person will take part in teaching (5% of worktime), which can be also supervision of MSc thesis work.

 

The objective of the Postdoc project is to quantify crop water stress based on field measurements and evaluate feasible drip-irrigation strategies at smallholder farms in Kenya. You will set up small-scale drip irrigation test sites and analyze drip-irrigated and rainfed agricultural fields using a crop model. University of Helsinki has a research station in the Taita Hills, Kenya (www.helsinki.fi/taita-research-station) which serves as a logistic base for the field studies in the area. The project involves longer working durations in Kenya.

 

Requirements and eligibility criteria

  • PhD in a suitable field, such as agricultural sciences, hydrology, meteorology, geography, or equivalent. Successful candidate is assumed to have previous experience in ecosystem or agricultural modeling.
  • Demonstrated capacity in data analysis.
  • Experience in carrying out research independently and working in a team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Good time management and project management skills 

 

 

2) Postdoctoral Researcher in agricultural sciences for Regenerative Agriculture in East Africa

 

We are looking for a highly motivated and multidisciplinary orientated Postdoctoral researcher to join to Agrotechnology group (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/agrotechnology). The position is located at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, at Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.

 

Description

We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Researcher, who will be part of the international research team working on Regenerative agricultural systems for climate resilience in agroecological gradient in East Africa (REACT) project funded by Academy of Finland.

 

REACT aims to develop new knowledge on water, soil, biodiversity, and land management to improve resource use efficiency for regenerative smallholder agricultural systems in different agroecological zones in Kenya. We develop research-based measures with local agricultural stakeholders to enhance the climate resilience of cropping systems. The project will contribute to this systemic change by identifying efficient adoptable pathways to improve plant water availability and stable soil organic carbon sequestration for improved water retention in variable conditions. This targets to ensure long-term productive and resilient regenerative farming systems for maintaining food security whilst operating within current and future environmental limits under climate change.

 

The Postdoctoral researcher will be employed for 38 months at the University of Helsinki. In addition to conducting research person will take part in teaching (5% of worktime), which can be also supervision of MSc thesis work.

 

The objective of the Postdoc project is to examine the effects of cropping, tillage, and water management systems on the dynamics of water balance, crop growth and soil organic carbon. The chosen postdoctoral researcher will participate in field and laboratory measures, data processing and analyses, and preparing the scientific publications. She/he also interacts with local stakeholders to co-create regenerative agricultural systems and disseminate the results. University of Helsinki has a research station in the Taita Hills, Kenya (www.helsinki.fi/taita-research-station) which serves as a logistic base for the field studies in the area. The project involves longer working durations in Kenya.

 

Requirements and eligibility criteria

  • PhD in a suitable field, such as agricultural sciences, agricultural engineering, crop sciences, soils sciences, or equivalent. Successful candidate is assumed to have previous experience in agronomy, managing field experiments and automatic continuous measurements or carbon and nitrogen cycle studies. Experience in agricultural modeling is considered an advantage.
  • Experience in working with large datasets
  • Experience in carrying out research independently and working in a team
  • Good project and time management skills 
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English

 

Salary and benefits

The salary is based on the salary system of Finnish universities. The gross salary of a starting post-doctorate scientist is typically about 3 200 – 3 400 € per month.

 

The University of Helsinki invests in the welfare of its employees by offering preventative occupational health services and general medical care. Read more about the employee benefits at the University of Helsinki and why the University of Helsinki is an excellent career choice: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers

 

In position 1) Postdoctoral Researcher in crop modeling, the starting date is 1 March 2023, or as agreed. Questions related to the position should be addressed to professor Petri Pellikka (petri.pellikka(at)helsinki.fi).

 

In position 2) Postdoctoral Researcher in agricultural sciences, the starting date is 1 June 2023, or as agreed. Questions related to the position should be addressed to professor Laura Alakukku (laura.alakukku(at)helsinki.fi).

 

How to apply

Please submit your application via our recruitment system by 15 December 2022 (23.59 EET).

 

The application should include as one single pdf file:

  • a motivation letter, including brief overview of past research and other experience (max 1 page) and a clear indication whether you are applying for position 1 or 2 or both
  • a complete CV with full contact details, education/previous degrees obtained, prior work/research experience, and list of possible publications and theses with links to their online versions (if available)
  • copy/copies of the diploma(s) of master and doctoral degree(s)
  • contact information of one or more previous supervisors, employers, or other references

 

 

External applicants, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via Apply Now button.

 

Applicants who have a helsinki.fi -username and a valid employment contract, a grant researcher’s contract or a visiting researcher’s contract at the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by using the employee login.

 

For further information on the recruitment process and the recruitment system please contact HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen (mirkka.juntunen(at)helsinki.fi) or HR Specialist Tuire Savolainen (tuire.savolainen(at)helsinki.fi).

 

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of gender identities, and linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

 

About us:

The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. Some 35,000 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree at the University of Helsinki.

 

Measured in number of students and teachers, the Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki is the largest science faculty in Finland. There are some 6,000 students taking a basic degree. Out of them, some 1,000 are postgraduates. There are some 500 international students, and over 200 researchers and teachers from abroad.

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-science

 

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is nationally unique faculty with a high international standing. The mission of the faculty is to promote the sustainable use of renewable natural resources through scientific research and research-based teaching. We focus on agricultural and forest sciences, food and nutrition, microbiology, as well as on economics and management.
https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-agriculture-and-forestry

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Deadline: 2022-12-15 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

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Post expires on Thursday December 15th, 2022

Doctoral Researcher, INNOCAP project

INNOCAP (Building public sector innovation capacity towards digital-driven NPA communities) is an EU’s NPA (Norther Periphery and Arctic) funded transnational research and development project. INNOCAP has eight partners from Ireland, Iceland, Sweden, and Finland. The overall objective is to provide enhanced quality and sustainable public services by enabling public sector organisations to lead the adoption of digital technologies. A key output will be a capacity building programme that prepares public sector organisations from three NPA geographical zones to pilot and further adopt four novel public services in the areas of climate change action, environmental management, or the digital and green transition.

 

Ruralia Institute invites applications for a Doctoral Researcher in Spatial Modelling of the Twin Transition (Digital and Green) starting from January 2023, or as agreed. The doctoral researcher will be offered up to 3-year fully funded contract.

 

Position description

The doctoral researcher will focus on 1) mapping potential spatial and GIS-based tools and 2) identifying open spatial data sets usable in describing the potential of twin transition in the NPA regions. The work includes 3) piloting an easy-to-use solution that builds regional knowledge and public sector capabilities to advance the twin transition. The piloting starts in the South-Savo region in Finland and will be later extended to cover other NPA areas.

 

Overall, the doctoral researcher is encouraged to pursue their own vision in spatial modelling and conducting doctoral studies leading to a completed PhD thesis at the University of Helsinki. The detailed focus of the PhD project will be designed in collaboration to serve the objectives of the INNOCAP project and interests of the candidate. The doctoral researcher is invited to participate other research projects from the perspective of their expertise.

 

All doctoral researchers are affiliated to a doctoral programme in the University of Helsinki. For more information about our doctoral programmes and the requirements for conducting a doctoral degree, please visit: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education.

 

Requirements and eligibility criteria

The doctoral researcher should have an M.Sc. degree in geography, geoinformatics or other relevant social science field. We appreciate teamwork skills, open-mindedness, scientific curiosity, and interdisciplinary orientation. The doctoral researcher should have advanced skills in spatial analysis, GIS, and statistical analysis. Capability of synthesising scientific information and producing scientific text is considered as an advantage. Good oral and written communication skills in English will help in carrying out the international research collaboration successfully (Finnish language skill is considered as an advantage).

 

Salary and benefits

The starting salary of the doctoral researcher will be ca. 2400-2800 EUR/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience. A six-month trial period will be applied during which the candidate is expected to apply to a doctoral programme at the University of Helsinki.

The workplace is primarily at the Ruralia Institute at the City of Mikkeli (a possibility for hybrid or remote work).

 

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The university (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university) assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.

 

How to apply

Applicants are requested to enclose with their application the following documents in English. Please compile all documents into a single PDF file.

    1. A cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for the research work and preliminary thoughts about potential research topics and interests (e.g., research task, approach, research materials and methods, up to 2 pages).

 

    1. Curriculum vitae (CV) showing the applicant’s education, completed qualifications, methodological skills, work experience, list of publications and contact information of 2 persons for references (up to 3 pages).

 

    1. Copies of Master’s and Bachelor’s degree certificates and official transcripts of the records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English.

 

    1. A proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English, if the applicant is not a native speaker or educated in any of them.

 

 

Deadline for applications is 7.12.2022 at 23:59 EEST.

 

External applicants, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply Now (Hae nyt) button.

 

Applicants who have a helsinki.fi username and a valid employment contract, a grant researcher’s contract or a visiting researcher’s contract at the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by using the Employee login (Työntekijän kirjautuminen).

 

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of gender identities, and linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

 

More information

For questions related to the project and position, please contact Senior Researcher Toni Ryynänen (toni.ryynanen(at)helsinki.fi).

 

If you need support with the recruitment portal, please contact HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen (mirkka.juntunen(at)helsinki.fi)

 

Ruralia Institute of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry offers high-quality research and innovation partnerships for rural development. The focus areas of the Institute are local development, sustainable food system and new bioeconomy. The Institute performs extensive international, national, and regional cooperation with about 50 experts in the University Consortiums of Mikkeli and Seinäjoki.

 

The Human in Digital and Sustainable Economies research group focuses on studying the intersection of human experiences, technologies, and economic potential of sustainable solutions. The social science research group has recently studied novel foods and digital tools in advancing the twin transition.

 

 

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Deadline: 2022-12-07 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

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Post expires on Wednesday December 7th, 2022

Doctoral Researcher in Super-Resolution Microscopy and Microbiology

The University of Helsinki is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. HiLIFE Helsinki Institute of Life Science is a research institute that supports high quality life science research across the University campuses and faculties. The research activities at the Institute of Biotechnology consist of several research teams focusing on a specific area of molecular biology, cell biology or biotechnology. For more information, please visit https://www.helsinki.fi/en/hilife-institute-of-biotechnology.

TEMPADAPT (Single-molecule visualization of temperature adaptation in sub-cellular dynamics and organization across bacteria) is a 5-year ERC-funded project in the laboratory of Jarno Mäkelä at the Institute of Biotechnology, from 2023 onwards. The project will aim at understanding temperature adaptation at the single molecule level in live bacteria. We will study bacteria thriving at 0°C (psychrophiles), moderate temperatures (mesophiles), and high temperatures  up to 100°C (thermophiles). In addition to state-of-the-art super-resolution microscopy, the project will apply single-cell perturbations, machine learning and modelling to analyze, integrate, and make sense of single-cell and molecule level data. 

The HiLIFE – Institute of Biotechnology, Mäkelä laboratory of Temperature Adaptation in Bacteria, invites applications for a position of

 

A Doctoral Researcher in Super-Resolution Microscopy and Microbiology

 

starting from January 2023, or as agreed. The PhD researcher will be offered up to 4-year fully funded contract.

Position description

 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated doctoral researcher, who is interested in super-resolution microscopy and single-particle tracking, to join our research group for an ERC-funded project. The project involves planning and executing experimental work including state-of-the-art microscopy, genetic engineering, RNA-sequencing, data analysis, machine learning, and modelling to unravel how bacteria adapt to different temperatures. Our team will work on multiple topics at the interface of physics, chemistry, and biology: intracellular spatial organization, macromolecular crowding, liquid-liquid phase separation, heat- and cold shock protein dynamics, and gene regulation. 

The appointee is expected to work full time on the Ph.D. thesis and to complete the thesis and the associated studies in four years. The successful applicant will apply to be a Ph.D. student in the appropriate Faculty. The Ph.D. degree consists of the student’s research project resulting in peer-reviewed publications, studies specific to the research field, as well as transferable skills training.

Selection criteria

A successful candidate will have a MSc or equivalent in biology, biophysics, computational biology, or other relevant fields, and has demonstrated a keen interest in quantitative approaches. Previous experience in ‘wet’ lab work, genetic engineering, microbiology, fluorescence microscopy, Python/R/Matlab coding, bioinformatics, or data analysis is considered an advantage. Excellent communication and writing skills in English and ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary international team are expected. The candidate should have outstanding organization and time management skills.

Salary and benefits

The starting salary of the doctoral researcher will be 2400-2600 euros/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience. A trial period of 6 months will be applied. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care, support in access to high quality sports facilities, and vast opportunities for professional development.

How to apply

Please submit your application as a single pdf file, which includes the following documents in English: 
•    A motivation letter including a description of your research interests (max 1 page) 
•    CV (max 2 pages) including a list of publications

Include also contact information of two persons who are willing to provide a reference letter by separate request. Please submit your application, together with the required attachment, through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the ‘Apply for job’ button. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) submit their applications through the SAP Fiori portal.

The deadline for the applications is 22nd of December, but the position will be filled once a suitable candidate has been identified.

For more information, please contact the Principal Investigator Jarno Mäkelä (jarno.p.makela(at)helsinki.fi) or visit our lab website.

Why work with us?
Finland is a member of the EU, has high quality free schooling (also in English), generous family benefits and healthcare, and was recently ranked as the best country in the world for expat families and in the world’s top ten most livable cities. Finland and the Helsinki region possess top expertise in sciences in terms of a vibrant talent pool, leading research, strong support services and functioning collaboration networks. For more information about working at the University of Helsinki and living in Finland, please see helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university

Helsinki Institute of Life Science
Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) is a new institute established in 2017 that supports high quality life science research across the University campuses and faculties. HiLIFE builds on existing strengths and new recruits and partnerships to create an attractive international environment for researchers to solve grand challenges in health, food, and environment. HiLIFE coordinates research infrastructures in life sciences and provides research-based interdisciplinary training.

University of Helsinki
The University of Helsinki (UH), founded in 1640, is a vibrant scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. It is currently investing heavily in life sciences research. UH offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.

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Deadline: 2022-12-22 at 23:59
Unit: Helsinki Institute of Life Science

Read the job description at the university homepage or apply.

Post expires on Thursday December 22nd, 2022

Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of Ecology of Plant-Microbe Interactions

The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.

 

The Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme (OEB) of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences comprises roughly 40 research groups which employ 40 principal investigators and 120 researchers. The research programme is situated in the Viikki science park.

 

The Organismal and Evolutionary Research Programme invites applications for

 

 

A POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER for a two-year position

 

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work in a consortium project aiming to understand how plant biodiversity could be integrated into our food production systems to develop sustainable and climate-smart farming practices. Specifically, we are addressing questions regarding how above-ground plant diversity links with below-ground microbial diversity, and how these jointly affect plant fitness, resistance and resilience to both biotic and abiotic stress using experimental approaches. The consortium joins expertise in agriculture, plant ecology, soil microbial ecology and climate science. It is an exciting interdisciplinary effort addressing cutting edge scientific questions with direct applicability.

 

Opportunities for professional development, e.g. in project management, leadership, mentoring, teaching and grant writing, are available and encouraged.

 

Postdoctoral position requirements:

  • The successful applicant should have a doctoral degree in ecology, plant biology, microbial ecology or agricultural sciences (or similar)
  • Previous experience working with questions and methods related to plant diversity, ecosystem functioning and ecology of plant associated microbes (mycorrhizae / plant pathogens etc.)
  • Statistical knowledge: Expertise in Structural equation model and/or Joint Species distribution models is not necessary considered an advantage
  • Previous experience in analysis of microbial community sequence data is not necessary but considered an advantage.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to conceive, execute and complete research projects
  • Ability to think independently and creatively
  • Ability to work in a team and independently

 

 

SALARY AND HOW TO APPLY FOR THE POSITIONS

The salary of the successful candidate will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary will be ca. 3400–3800 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

 

Starting date in March 2023 but will be determined by mutual agreement. The position has funding for 2 years.

 

The application should include the following documents as a single pdf file:

• motivational letter outlining why you are the right person for this task (max 1 page)

• CV (max 2 pages)

• list of publications

Include also contact information of two persons who are willing to provide a reference letter by separate request. Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by using the employee login.

 

The deadline for submitting the application is 2 December 2022.

 

For more information, please contact Prof. Anna-Liisa Laine (anna-liisa.laine(at)helsinki.fi). For more information on the research group of Prof. Laine, please visit our website https://lainelab.net/ and for more information on the consortium, please visit https://carbonaction.org/en/front-page/.

 

If you need support with the recruitment system, please contact HR Coordinator Harri Hamara (harri.hamara(at)helsinki.fi).

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Deadline: 2022-12-02 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

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Post expires on Friday December 2nd, 2022

Doctoral researcher in neurophysiology of sleep and pain

The University of Helsinki is a leading university in Nordics and Europe and one of the top 100 international universities in the world. Doctoral researcher position is available in the Translational Pain Research group at Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, led by Academy of Finland Research Fellow Dr. Vinko Palada.

 

Dr. Palada´s team investigates the bidirectional relationship between sleep and pain and circadian regulation of chronic pain by using the state-of-the-art methods such as high-throughput omics, molecular biology, drug library screens and the functional studies in experimental models. This is a new and exciting research field, with the goals to revolutionize our understanding of pain mechanisms and to develop novel therapies for pain relief. The group closely collaborates with Helsinki University Hospital and Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. In 2022, Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world for 5th time in a row according to the annual World Happiness Report and was recently rated as the best country in the world for expat families.

 

Job description:

 

Neuropathic pain affects up to 8% of the general population and is one of the most challenging pain conditions to treat due to poor efficacy of the currently available drugs and comorbidities, particularly sleep disorders, which are insufficiently addressed in pain management. On the molecular level, both sleep and pain are under circadian control. As adaptation to 24h environment on Earth, our internal circadian clocks are reset daily to precisely 24h and disruptions in this pattern have been reported in sleep disorders, frequent in chronic pain. However, it is currently not known whether the clocks are disrupted also in painful conditions. The main aim is to access the effects of circadian disruption on pain intensity both in experimental models and in clinical cohorts. This may allow to establish the novel chronotherapeutic approaches for pain relief.

 

Key requirements:

 

We invite applications from highly qualified applicants with a MSc degree in neuroscience, biology and/or pharmacy/pharmacology. Previous experience in sleep and circadian research, expertise in animal work, EEG recordings, sleep scoring, surgical skills and behavioral tests are considered a strong merit for this position. Excellent communication and writing skills in English and ability to work in the international team setting are expected.

 

Application requirements:

 

Please send your application including a detailed CV (with a date of thesis defense, title of the thesis, previous academic/work positions, current position, academic distinctions and list of peer-reviewed publications), motivation letter (1 page) and three reference contacts as a single PDF file to the submission portal. The successful candidate is expected to apply for doctoral study rights in January 2023, for doctoral programme requirements please check the following link: https://studies.helsinki.fi/instructions/doctoral-study-rights-and-duration-studies

 

Contract and work benefits:

 

Employment will start on January 1st 2023 as initially a 2 year position with a possibility of prolongation. For more information about working at the University of Helsinki and living in Finland, please see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university. The salary will be based on demand level 2 of the Teacher and Researcher staff in the salary system of the Finnish universities.

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Deadline: 2022-12-19 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Medicine

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Post expires on Monday December 19th, 2022

Postdoctoral researcher

Computational Microbial Ecology (CME) research group at the Research Programs Unit of the Faculty of Medicine is looking for a postdoctoral researcher.

 

About the position

 

You will develop computational tools for analyzing microbiome data and apply these methods for human microbiome data sets. You will work in a project investigating the initial establishment of the gut phage populations and their functions at birth and in infancy. Specific goals include investigations of mother-to-infant phage transmission and phage roles in modulating the natural history of the gut microbial communities through predation, lateral gene transfer and other functions. Method development work could involve (but is not limited to) assembly-based quantification and characterization of bacteriophages with Oxford Nanopore long-read sequencing, tracking horizontal gene transfer between bacteria and bacterial communities, community gene expression analysis (metatranscriptomics) or multi-view data integration (metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, metabolomic and other data). You will work in a diverse team with wetlab scientists and clinicians to answer concrete biological questions and to create solutions for future healthcare and clinical work. There are possibilities to extend this work to understand phage roles in fecal microbiome transplants and (gut) microbial ecology in general. The balance between method development, analysis of existing and new data sets, manuscript writing, and other tasks can be adjusted according to your preferences.

 

What we offer

  • Competitive salary, local infrastructure and a top-level interdisciplinary and international collaboration network
  • Training for state-of-the-art microbiome bioinformatics (if needed)
  • Possibility to visit collaborators at the Broad Institute, Harvard University, or University of Auckland (according to training needs and candidate preferences)
  • Supportive and non-discriminative working environment

 

University of Helsinki is an equal opportunity employer and offers an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring and interdisciplinary research environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The monthly gross salary will start from between €3,300 to €3,700, depending on the level of experience of the applicant. In addition, the University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university

 

Beneficial skills and experience (we do not expect any individual applicants to have all the listed experience and skills):

  • PhD in bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science or related field
  • Strong publication record, excellent communication skills and demonstrated success in working on complex, novel research problems.
  • Motivation to communicate research findings with the broader field through high-quality publications.
  • Strong communication skills and willingness to engage with other members of the lab and contribute ideas through team meetings and discussions
  • Experience in bioinformatic tool development
  • Prior work with (meta)genomic data sets

Research group

Our Computational Microbial Ecology (CME) research group investigates complex interactions between human microbial communities and their environment – gut metabolic microenvironment, human immune system, life events and life-style factors. Most of our work is conducted with biological samples from human cohorts and controlled trials. Our core competence is development of state-of-the-art bioinformatics and statistical analysis tools for integrating, interpreting and statistically analyzing complex data sets generated using modern multi’omics analysis techniques. For examples of recent work, see publications here.

 

Please submit your application as a single pdf file, which includes the following information in English:

 

  • Cover letter (max. 1 page) briefly summarizing your recent work and motivation to obtain this role
  • Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • List of publications
  • Names and contact details of two referees

 

More information: Dr. Tommi Vatanen, tommi.vatanen@helsinki.fi

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Deadline: 2022-12-09 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Medicine

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Post expires on Friday December 9th, 2022

Doctoral researcher, accelerator-based materials physics

Helsinki Accelerator Laboratory (HAL) is a part of Department of Physics, University of Helsinki. It specializes in experimental and computational materials physics. The current research focus is on materials of importance for nanotechnology, micro- and optoelectronics, spintronics, fusion technology and particle detectors. Their structure and properties are studied by employing various ion beam based techniques, positron annihilation spectroscopy as well as by computational means. Our present infrastructure consists consists of a 5 MV tandem accelerator, a 500 kV accelerator/ion implanter, two positron accelerators, magnetron sputtering equipment and various processing and characterization facilities.

 

ALD center Finland is a national, centralized open access platform for research and education in atomic layer level materials processing techniques of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and Atomic Layer Etching (ALEt). The center also serves as a valuable resource to other fields of research that require state-of-the-art techniques for thin film characterization and resolving surface chemistry. ALD center Finland welcomes researchers also widely beyond the ALD/ALEt community. The ALD center is in the process of commissioning in situ Low Energy Ion Scattering (LEIS) in one of the ALD vacuum chambers.

 

We invite applications for a

 

DOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN ACCELERATOR-BASED MATERIALS PHYSICS

 

starting from January 2023, or as agreed. The PhD researcher will be offered up to 4-year fully funded contract.

 

Position description

 

The main task of the doctoral researcher will be the development of the MEIS (Medium Energy Ion Scattering) technique for use in the ALD center activities at Helsinki Accelerator laboratory. MEIS is used to acquire information on the composition of the near-surface region (few tens of nm) of the samples with near monolayer depth resolution. Development includes building of the measurement system and development of the analysis method to examine elemental composition, crystalline structure (damage and location of impurity atoms) and 3D structures, such as nanoparticles and nucleation sites in the samples. The doctoral researcher will also employ other ion beam analysis techniques to obtain a comparative or complementary description of the samples. With the development of MEIS, the doctoral researcher will be expected to develop multi-technique analysis, including all the information from different techniques to obtain self-consistent multi-technique characterization of the samples. Ion beam techniques considered for the analysis of the ALD samples are typically ERDA (Elastic Recoil Detection Analysis), RBS (Rutherford Back Scattering), MEIS and LEIS (Low Energy Ion Scattering), but may include also other techniques. The doctoral researcher will also actively characterize thin film samples coming from the other members of the ALD center.

 

Selection criteria

 

The Doctoral Researcher should have an MSc or equivalent in physics, materials science, or a related field. The appointee should either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment, or apply for the right and obtain it within the probationary period of six months of their appointment. If the candidate does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, it must be applied for separately (www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/the-application-process-in-a-nutshell). The requirements for pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki can be found at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/eligibility-and-educational-documents.

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of gender identities, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

 

What we offer

The University of Helsinki offers the appointee a first-class research and teaching environment as well as the preconditions necessary for international cooperation (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers/why-university-helsinki).

The position is full-time and funded for 48 months. The salary will be based on levels 2-3 of the demands level table for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary will be ca. 2400-2600 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months. 

The University of Helsinki provides its staff with occupational health and sports services as well as professional development opportunities (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers/why-university-helsinki/staff-benefits). The appointee is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki. International staff is supported in relocating to Finland (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers/welcome).

 

Applications must have the following enclosures as a joint pdf document (in English):

1.                       Motivation letter

2.                       Full CV and any relevant documents on competence and merits that the applicant wishes to be taken into account in the selection process.

 

 Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki recruitment system. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2022.

 

 Further information can be obtained from Professor Filip Tuomisto, filip.tuomisto(at)helsinki.fi or Dr. Kenichiro Mizohata, kenichiro.mizohata(at)helsinki.fi.

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Post expires on Wednesday November 30th, 2022

Postdoctoral researcher

Computational Microbial Ecology (CME) research group at the Research Programs Unit of the Faculty of Medicine is looking for a postdoctoral researcher.

 

About the position

 

You will develop a laboratory protocol for purifying high-molecular-weight viral DNA (and/or RNA) from human fecal samples, and sequence these using Oxford Nanopore long-read sequencing. Additionally, you may utilize Oxford Nanopore selective sequencing (real time selection of sequenced molecules) to deplete bacterial DNA. We will train you (if necessary) to bioinformatically analyze these data in collaboration with other researchers in the group. Bioinformatic analysis include, but are not limited to: 1) tracking phage-mediated horizontal gene transfer in bacteria, 2) investigating phage-bacteria interactions and their influence in microbiome population dynamics over time, 3) understanding mother-to-infant bacteriophage transfer and potential phage induction in the infant gut. There are possibilities to extend this work to understand phage roles in fecal microbiome transplants and (gut) microbial ecology in general. The balance between laboratory work, computational training and analysis and manuscript writing can be adjusted according to your preferences.

 

You will work in a project investigating the initial establishment of the gut phage populations and their functions at birth and in infancy. Specific goals include investigations of mother-to-infant phage transmission and phage roles in modulating the natural history of the gut microbial communities through predation, lateral gene transfer and other functions.

What we offer

  • Competitive salary, local infrastructure and a top-level interdisciplinary and international collaboration network
  • Training for state-of-the-art microbiome bioinformatics (if needed)
  • Possibility to visit collaborators at the Broad Institute, Harvard University, or University of Auckland (according to training needs and candidate preferences)
  • Supportive and non-discriminative working environment

 

University of Helsinki is an equal opportunity employer and offers an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring and interdisciplinary research environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The monthly gross salary will start from between €3,300 to €3,700, depending on the level of experience of the applicant. In addition, the University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university

 

Beneficial skills and experience (we do not expect any individual applicants to have all the listed experience and skills):

  • PhD in molecular biology, microbiology, or related field
  • Strong publication record, excellent communication skills and demonstrated success in working on complex, novel research problems.
  • Motivation to communicate research findings with the broader field through high-quality publications.
  • Strong communication skills and willingness to engage with other members of the lab and contribute ideas through team meetings and discussions
  • Experience in stool sample processing, viral DNA analysis and/or Oxford Nanopore sequencing
  • Basic statistical analysis and bioinformatics skills

Research group

Our integrative microbial ecology (IME) research group investigates complex interactions between human microbial communities and their environment – gut metabolic microenvironment, human immune system, life events and life-style factors. Most of our work is conducted with biological samples from human cohorts and controlled trials. Our core competence is development of state-of-the-art bioinformatics and statistical analysis tools for integrating, interpreting and statistically analyzing complex data sets generated using modern multi’omics analysis techniques. For examples of recent work, see publications here.

 

Please submit your application as a single pdf file, which includes the following information in English:

 

  • Cover letter (max. 1 page) briefly summarizing your recent work and motivation to obtain this role
  • Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • List of publications
  • Names and contact details of two referees

 

More information: Dr. Tommi Vatanen, tommi.vatanen@helsinki.fi

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Deadline: 2022-12-02 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Medicine

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Post expires on Friday December 2nd, 2022

Post-doctoral researcher, BioColour research consortium

Docent Riikka Räisänen, the PI and leader of the BioColour research consortium (https://biocolour.fi), is seeking for

 

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Craft Science / Organic Chemistry / Natural Products Chemistry / Biomaterials / Textile Technology)

 

for a fixed-term contract 1.1.2023-30.6.2025 to work in the BioColour research project University of Helsinki team.

 

BioColour (https://biocolour.fi) is a multidisciplinary research consortium, which aims to advance the usage of environmentally sound colourants from fungal and plant sources in different applications, especially textiles, packaging and coatings. The project aims to develop new methods of biocolourants’ large-scale production, characterization and applications. BioColour consortium represents expertise of agriculture, applied botany, chemistry, biosciences, toxicology, material science and technology, design research, information and communications technology, data science and consumer studies, and combines researchers from the University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland, Aalto University, Häme University of Applied Sciences, Luke Natural Resources Institute Finland, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, North Carolina State University, USA and University of Campinas, Brazil. Consortium is led by Docent Riikka Räisänen.

 

We are looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with an PhD degree (in e.g., craft science, organic chemistry, material sciences, textile technology or another related field). The post-doctoral researcher is expected to contribute to research on textile material colouration and colour fastness testing, developing laboratory scale and large-scale extraction, separation and analysis methods (e.g. HPLC-UV-vis-MS/MS and NMR) for natural organic compounds and colourants. Research can be focused according to the interests of the appointee when fulfilling the aims of the BioColour project.

 

The appointed post-doctoral researcher will work in collaboration with the other members of the BioColour research group, and she/he will be in charge of the BioColourLab team.

 

The candidate is expected to have education, experience and technical skills such as

• PhD degree

• Experience in textile and/or material colouration

• Experience of natural products chemistry

• Profound skills in laboratory working

• Fluency in English

• Initiative and capable of leading a team, and working independently as well as in team environments

 

The salary of the post-doctoral researcher will be based on level 5 requirement level of the university salary system. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting gross salary of the post-doctoral researcher will be ca. 3 350 – 3 800 €/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The International Staff Services office (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university) assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland. A six-month trial period will be applied.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are submitted through the University’s electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) submit their applications through the SAP HR portal https://saphr.it.helsinki.fi/irj/portal

 

Please note: All application documents need to be submitted as one single pdf file. The file needs to be named as follows: [Lastname_postdoc_biocolour]. Make sure to attach the pdf to the position you’re applying for in the recruitment system.

 

The application needs to include all the following documents:

 

The attachment required for the application include (in a single pdf-file):

1) A cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for the BioColour research and the working tasks that are explained in this call

2) Curriculum vitae

3) Short research proposal of the applicant’s research interest on the biocolourants and textile / material applications that are in the focus of the BioColour research (see https://biocolour.fi) (max. 2 pages)

 

The closing date for applications is 30 November 2022 at 23:59 (EET).

 

For information about our faculty, please visit https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-educational-sciences

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

For information about the position and working environment, please contact Docent Riikka Räisänen (riikka.raisanen(at)helsinki.fi), tel. +358 2941 29703, +358 503183973

 

For information on the recruitment process, please contact the faculty HR Specialist Jonna Lehtelä, jonna.lehtela(at)helsinki.fi

 

For support with the recruitment system, please contact: rekrytointi(at)helsinki.fi

 

Helsinki university is committed to promoting equality and to prevent discrimination throughout all operation and activities. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Read more about working at the university: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/career

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Postdoctoral researcher in Bioengineering and Stem Cell Biology

Open position for a Postdoctoral researcher in Bioengineering and Stem Cell Biology

 

The laboratory of Professor Pekka Katajisto at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Institute of Biotechnology, HiLIFE at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, is looking for a postdoctoral researcher with bioengineering background to study effects of the extracellular niche on stem cell function.

 

Katajisto group (www.katajisto-lab.com) is part of the Centre of Excellence in Stem Cell Metabolism, MetaStem, and studies stem cell extrinsic and intrinsic mechanisms of tissue renewal and aging. We have for example discovered how age-induced alterations in the stem cell niche reduce tissue repair (Pentinmikko, Nature 2019, Science Advances 2022; Iqbal, BioRxiv 2021), and how cellular metabolism drives cell fate decisions after asymmetric cell divisions (Katajisto, Science 2015; Döhla, Nat Cell Biol 2022)

 

We seek postdoctoral researchers to an ERC-funded project probing how the geometry of the niche influences cell fate decisions using bioengineered scaffolds to modify tissue topology. The project involves development of novel research techniques and assays, and will be facilitated by state-of-the art maskless photolithography instrumentation dedicated to the project.

 

Applicants with a doctoral degree, and a strong background in tissue/bioengineering or biotechnology are encouraged to apply. The position includes research and experimental work as well as setting up, maintaining, and running instruments used to develop 3D scaffolds for tissue regeneration and stem cell studies. Experience with cell biology, tissue culture or stem cells is considered a benefit. Candidates are also encouraged to start new projects and research directions. Applicants must be able to work as part of a team as well as independently, have good social skills and communication skills in English.

 

The appointment will be for 3 years with the possibility of continuation. A trial period of 6 months will be applied. The monthly starting salary will be determined according to the salary system at the employment unit.

 

Only applications submitted through the official application systems will be considered.

 

To apply, please submit your application by 16.12.2022

Applications should include

  • A motivation letter, clearly stating your interests and why you consider yourself a good candidate for the position
  • CV including publication list
  • One or more reference letters

 

Questions related to the call should be directed to tiina.aliranta@helsinki.fi. Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the ‘Apply for job’ button below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) submit their applications through the SAP Fiori portal.

 

Web sites

www.katajisto-lab.com

www.helsinki.fi/metastem

 

Social media

Twitter: @KatajistoLab @PekkaKatajisto

Facebook: @katajistoagingteam

 

Information about the Host Institutes

 

University of Helsinki

 

The University of Helsinki is the largest University in Finland and one of the leading multidisciplinary universities in the world. International experts working at the University are also attracted by Helsinki’s unique atmosphere and Nordic lifestyle. The University of Helsinki has an inclusive and curiosity-driven working culture, offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information at www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers. The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences is Finland’s largest hub of research and education in biology. Multidisciplinary research in experimental bioscience is conducted at the Molecular and Integrative Biosciences Research Programme (MIBS) at the University of Helsinki Life Science Campus. https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-biological-and-environmental-sciences The Institute of Biotechnology is an internationally renowned unit of the Helsinki Institute of Life Science, located on the Life Science Campus, providing cutting-edge infrastructures for breakthrough discoveries, technology development and innovations. https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/hilife-institute-of-biotechnology

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Deadline: 2022-12-16 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

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Post expires on Friday December 16th, 2022