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Doctoral Researcher (PhD candidate) in Remote Sensing for Regenerative Agriculture in East Africa

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.

 

We are looking for a highly motivated Doctoral researcher (PhD candidate) to join remote sensing group at Earth Change Laboratory (ECHOLAB). The post is located at the Department of Geosciences and Geography, at Faculty of Science. Research at the Department of Geosciences and Geography spans all of Earth, from the glaciers in Antarctica to bustling metropolises. Earth and its changes throughout time are studied, for example, through the regional differentiation of cities and states, long-term environmental changes, tectonics and the structure and development of the planet.

 

Description

We are recruiting a Doctoral 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.

 

Remote sensing research in REACT aims to provide new insights on the feasibility of Earth observation data to characterize smallholder cropping systems, particularly related to regenerative agriculture, which is crucial for developing spatial indicators for improved planning and monitoring of management interventions.

 

The Doctoral Researcher will be employed for four years at the University of Helsinki. In addition to conducting research and writing the PhD thesis, Doctoral Researcher complete a study program equivalent to 40 ECTS in the Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/doctoral-schools-and-programmes/doctoral-school-in-natural-sciences/doctoral-programme-in-atmospheric-sciences). Typical time to complete PhD at University of Helsinki is four years.

 

The objective of PhD project is to develop remote sensing methods for classifying smallholder cropping systems, and targeting, evaluating and scaling-up interventions on regenerative agriculture. You will perform field studies and biophysical measurements in Kenya, conduct satellite image time series analyses for the study sites in different agroecological zones, and use machine learning methods for data analysis. University of Helsinki has a research station in the Taita Hills, Kenya (https://blogs.helsinki.fi/taita-research-station/), which serve as a logistic base for the field studies in the area.

 

Requirements and eligibility criteria

  • M.Sc. in a suitable field, such as geography, agricultural sciences, geoinformatics, remote sensing, or equivalent. Successful candidate is assumed to have previous experience on use of remote sensing data.
  • 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 

The requirements for conducting 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 researcher must not be already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment. Researchers who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will not be considered eligible. Salary and benefits

 

Salary and benefits

The salary is based on the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting gross salary of a Doctoral Researcher is typically about 2 200 – 2 400 € per month, and raises gradually as the PhD work progresses (i.e., after initiation of publishing and after reaching the midpoint of the experimental work required for the doctoral degree, judged by the supervisor who estimates the proximity of the public defense).

 

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

  

How to apply

Please submit your application via our recruitment system latest 6 September 2022. The starting date of the positions is 1 October 2022, or as agreed. Questions of the positions should be addressed to University Researcher Janne Heiskanen (janne.heiskanen(at)helsinki.fi).

 

The application should include

  • a motivation letter, including brief overview of past research and other experience supporting completion of the PhD degree (max 1 page)
  • 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 previous degree(s)
  • contact information of one or more previous supervisors, employers, or other references

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

 

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Deadline: 2022-09-06 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Science

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Post expires on Tuesday September 6th, 2022

Planning officer for doctoral education

The University of Helsinki supports research, teaching and studying through its University Services, which consists of the following sectors: HR Services, Teaching and Learning Services, Financial Services, Research Services, Communications and Community Relations, and Administrative Services. University Services employs a total of approximately 1,000 professionals in campus-based on-site services and University-level services assisting the on-site services.

 

The Research Services sector offers services at both the University level and on the campuses. The Research Services sector promotes the University’s preconditions for research, manages the University’s own research funding and provides specialist services for research.

 

We are now looking for a PLANNING OFFICER FOR DOCTORAL EDUCATION to be appointed on a permanent basis. The position supports the leadership of the University’s doctoral programmes.

 

About the position
As planning officer for doctoral education, your duties will include supporting and developing doctoral education. You will prepare the curricula and teaching programmes of doctoral programmes and will coordinate their activities. Your duties will also include organising various events and supporting and advising doctoral researchers and thesis supervisors.

 

Who you are
You are a qualified professional with a positive service attitude and a can-do approach. You have already gained some knowledge about doctoral education and the administration of research and higher education. You show initiative, demonstrate a can-do attitude and remain calm in any situation when interacting with customers. You have strong organisational and project management skills, and are able to express yourself fluently both in Finnish and English. A postgraduate research degree or an advanced stage of your doctoral studies would be strong assets.

 

Our development-oriented team is united by the desire to learn together, share our expertise within the team and support each other during busy times. Openness and constructive cooperation are important to us, and we hope that, like us, you wish to promote doctoral education services and the wellbeing of doctoral researchers.

 

Why work for us?
If appointed as planning officer for doctoral education, you will have the opportunity to work in a friendly team with a good atmosphere. We support the work of the University of Helsinki’s researchers and teachers and promote the University’s social and global impact, helping to build a better future. With us, you can develop your skills and job description in accordance your experience and interests.

You will be supported not only by the highly skilled and diverse staff at Research Services, but also by all of the specialists working at University Services. Your role will involve a combination of remote and office-based work. Your on-site workplace will be on Kumpula Campus.

 

Interested?

Please submit your application through our recruitment system by 21 August 2022. We wish that you would be able to start in the position as soon as possible. The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background, or minority group.

 

If you have any questions about the position, please do not hesitate to contact us:
•    Kirsi Korpiaho, Specialist, kirsi.korpiaho@helsinki.fi, +358 2941 24813
•    Liisa Uotila, Specialist, liisa.uotila@helsinki.fi, +358 2941 24848
•    Erkki Raulo, Head of Services, erkki.raulo@helsinki.fi, +358 50 596 4665 (after 11 August)

 

WITH THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE – FOR THE WORLD

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Deadline: 2022-08-21 at 23:59
Unit: University Services

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Post expires on Sunday August 21st, 2022

Doctoral researcher, astronomy

DOCTORAL RESEARCHER (PHD CANDIDATE) IN ASTRONOMY

 

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.

 

We are looking for a motivated Doctoral Researcher (PhD candidate) to join our research group that is studying Galactic molecular clouds and star-formation processes. The work will be carried out at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki. The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

 

The Department of Physics is a large and multidisciplinary department that offers the most varied university programme in the physical sciences in Finland. At the beginning of 2022, the department employs about 200 people, of which 2 are academy professors, 20 are professors and 5 associate professors or assistant professors. The research at the department and the research-based teaching follow a high international standard, are nationally significant, and promote the mental and economic wellbeing in society.

 

Description

The Doctoral Researcher will be employed for up to 46 months, to complete PhD studies in the Doctoral Programme in Particle Physics and Universe Sciences. The PhD work will take place in the context of an Academy of Finland -financed research project that seeks to understand the initial conditions and processes of Galactic star formation, using a combination of observations and numerical simulations.

The employed PhD student will concentrate on observational work. This involves the analysis of observations of dust continuum and molecular spectral lines, from optical to radio wavelengths. The studied objects range in scale from cloud complexes to individual protostellar cores. The general goal is to characterise the physical and chemical evolution patterns along the star-formation process. The work can start with existing data (e.g. from JCMT, ALMA, and other ESO telescopes), but the student is also expected to be active in leading new observing-time proposals. In addition to the observational work, the student can participate in the modelling of the observations and in their comparison with numerical simulations and paradigms of low-mass and high-mass star formation.

 

Requirements and eligibility criteria

 

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 employed Doctoral Researcher should have MSc in astronomy or physics, with some knowledge of interstellar-medium studies. Good computing skills and good command of the English language are required. Practical experience of the analysis of astronomical data (especially radio interferometry) will be considered a plus.

 

How to apply

 

Please submit your application via our recruitment system on 15 September 2022 at the latest. The contract can start at the beginning of November 2022, or as agreed. Questions of the positions should be addressed to Doctor Mika Juvela, mika.juvela(at)helsinki.fi.

 

Research fields: Astronomy

Career stage: Early stage researcher or 0-4 years (Post graduate)

Research Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)

Benefits:

The position is full time and funded for 46 months. The salary will be based on level 2 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.

 

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Deadline: 2022-09-15 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Science

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Post expires on Thursday September 15th, 2022

Postdoctoral Researcher

The Finnish Museum of Natural History, Zoology Unit, invites applications for a position of

 

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

 

The postdoctoral researcher to be employed is expected to work on projects in insect systematics, and the work may be connected to species delimitation, trait evolution, or biogeography. The work should utilise collections and we especially encourage projects that include integrative methods, utilising for instance molecular systematics, artificial intelligence, with demonstrated or planned interest on museomics. The other duties typically include teaching, applying for external funds, student supervision, and collection responsibilities. The work should be related to that carried out by at least one of the PIs of the Unit (to be indicated in the application).

 

The assignment starts in January 2023 and will continue for two years, and includes an option for a 2-year contract extension after the initial period.

 

We are looking for an individual who is highly motivated and can work both independently and in a team, and who is willing to contribute to the capacity building and peer support of molecular methodologies in phylogenetics, phylogenomics and museomics in the Zoology Unit. A successful candidate should have a demonstrated track record in research and experience in modern research methods. A strong candidate is expected to have a capacity to face intellectual challenges, and willingness to learn new skills and to explore new intellectual territories. The working language will be Finnish or English.

 

The salary will be based on level five 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 work performance (total gross salary will be approximately 3400–3900 EUR per month).

 

The application should include: (i) cover letter with contact details, and statement on motivation for applying for this position (maximum length one page), (ii) CV (maximum length two pages), (iii) list of publications, (iv) research plan (maximum length two pages) and (v) contact information of two supporting persons, who have agreed to provide a written statement on behalf of the applicant if asked.

 

Please submit your application, together with attachments, through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply now. If you need technical support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment(at)helsinki.fi.

 

 

Further information on the position is given by Unit Director Pasi Sihvonen (pasi.sihvonen(at)helsinki.fi). For more information on Luomus, please see: http://www.luomus.fi/en

 

Apply at the latest on 24 August, 2022.

 

The Finnish Museum of Natural History LUOMUS (www.luomus.fi/en) is an independent institute of the University of Helsinki and the national museum in the field of natural history in Finland. The museum’s duties are to amass, maintain and display its collections, and to conduct related research, particularly in the field of species-level biodiversity. The collections serve research, teaching, and public education in biology, geology, and biodiversity, and form part of the international network of natural history repositories. The Finnish Museum of Natural History has four units: Botany, Zoology, Natural Sciences, and Biodiversity Informatics. The Zoology Unit has a staff of about 60 persons, including both permanent and temporary employees.

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Deadline: 2022-08-24 at 23:59
Unit: Independent institutes

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Post expires on Wednesday August 24th, 2022

Postdoctoral researcher, Nordic forest policies

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry invites applications for the position of postdoctoral researcher in the context of Nordic forest policies. The position is for a fixed term of 2 years full-time starting from September, 2022 onwards (or as agreed).

 

The postdoctoral researcher will be employed at the Department of Forest Sciences and will be part of the research project “Green forest policies: a comparative assessment of outcomes and trade-offs across Fenno-Scandinavia (GreenPole)”. The overarching aim of the project is to assess effects of forest policies through an interdisciplinary approach,  and derive evidence-based policy advice. The project is part of a consortium of three Universities, including Lund University, the University of Copenhagen and the University of Helsinki. The project includes a number of a workpackages employing and combining multiple models and methods from ecology, environmental science, and social sciences.

 

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to identify and evaluate, using qualitative methods, key changes in forest policies during the period 2000-2020 in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. She/he is also expected to contribute to the overall success of the project, by engaging and collaborating with the overall team. The position may involve departmental duties, mainly in the form of teaching, up to 10%. The position will be based in Helsinki, Finland.

 

QUALIFICATIONS
An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in environmental policy, forest sciences, sustainability sciences or other relevant fields. The candidate should be familiar with qualitative methods, in particular: interview-based data collection with researchers and other experts as data sources; qualitative analysis of interviews and other written material; structured literature reviews. The candidate should be capable of independent work as well as collaboration with an international and interdisciplinary team. The working language will be English.

 

Type of employment: Fixed term, 2 years
Salary: €3349 per month
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: full-time
Starting date: September 2022 or as agreed

 

The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.

 

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

  • a cover letter (max 1 page)
  • a CV (max 3 pages)
  • a list of publications
  • a copy of the PhD certificate
  • name and contact information of two referees

 

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

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The deadline for applications is 8.9.2022 at 23:59 EEST. The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of gender identities, and linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Further information about the position may be obtained from University Researcher Dalia D’Amato (dalia.damato(at)helsinki.fi)
If you need support with the recruitment portal, please contact HR Coordinator (sari.aaltonen(at)helsinki.fi) or HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen (mirkka.juntunen(at)helsinki.fi)

 

WHAT WE OFFER
The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry offers an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary and international research environment in the context of sustainability. The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is located in the Viikki campus. 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. www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-agriculture-and-forestry

 

The Department of Forest Sciences is one of the units of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry with a staff of about 100 persons. The Department conducts internationally recognized forest research and provides the highest-level education based on the research. The focus areas of research are forest ecology, forest resource management and forest economics, business and policy. The appointee can and is encouraged to be also affiliated with the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS). https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-agriculture-and-forestry/research/forest-sciences

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Deadline: 2022-09-08 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

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Post expires on Thursday September 8th, 2022

Postdoctoral Researcher in Biogeography, Macroecology or Aquatic Ecology

The Department of Geosciences and Geography (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-science/faculty/geosciences-and-geography) at the Faculty of Science is the leading research and education unit in its field in Finland. In addition to research in geology, geophysics and geography, research into seismology and official duties in the field of seismology is carried out at the department.

 

Faculty of Science invites applications for a Postdoctoral researcher in biogeography, macroecology, aquatic ecology or a related field starting earliest from 1.10.2022 or as agreed for a fixed-term employment contract until 31.12.2024. A six-months trial period will be applied. 

 

 

Position description

 

The postdoctoral researcher will work on the project BIOISLAND Biodiversity loss in freshwaters under changing environment – lessons from island diatoms (2022-2026) funded by the Academy of Finland. Our aim is to examine freshwater diatom functional and taxonomical biodiversity patterns and drivers on islands and continents and explain and predict biodiversity variation using key ecosystem characteristics such as ecosystem area, age, isolation, land use and water chemistry. We use both observational global and regional diatom data sets and conduct field campaigns and experiments at smaller spatial scales. Overall, forthcoming results will increase our understanding of how ecosystem fragmentation affects biodiversity in freshwaters. Main collaborators of the project include top researchers from France, US and China. The research project is led by Professor Janne Soininen https://blogs.helsinki.fi/jhsoinin/ and work will be done in his Aquatic Community Ecology group.

 

  We are seeking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the BIOISLAND project team in the Department of Geoscience and Geography. The main task of the researcher is to assemble and maintain global diatom database, analyze diatom and associated environmental data with R program and write scientific articles. To be successful in this position, applicants should have a PhD in physical geography, ecology, aquatic sciences or a related field, capability to analyze large datasets with R program and work with GIS programs. The specific focus of the position will be agreed with the candidate depending on his/her scientific background and interest. The successful candidate is expected to have excellent scholarly communication and writing skills in English, a proven publication record of high-quality scientific articles as well as the ability to conduct independent, theory-driven and creative research.     
  Salary and benefits

The starting salary of the postdoctoral researcher will be ca. 3400–3800 euros/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience. Furthermore, the University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.

Finland is a member of EU, has high quality free schooling (also in English), generous family benefits and healthcare, and was recently ranked as the happiest country in the world. 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 https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university

 

How to apply 

Informal inquiries can be directed to Professor Janne Soininen (janne.soininen@helsinki.fi).

 

Formal applications should include as a single pdf file: (1) a CV including a list of publications and with names and contact details of at least two referees and (2) a max. 2 page letter of motivation where candidate can explain his/her interest for the position as well as scientific background.

To apply, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system.

 

The deadline for the applications is September 9, 2022.

 

For further information, please contact Professor Janne Soininen (janne.soininen@helsinki.fi).

 

 

 

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Deadline: 2022-09-09 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Science

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Post expires on Friday September 9th, 2022

Doctoral researcher, The Forest Genomics research group

The Forest Genomics research group at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is looking for a doctoral researcher to join to study conifer embryo development and associated gene expression patterns in evolutionary context. https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/forest-genomics

 

DESCRIPTION
The position is funded by the Academy of Finland project ‘Genetic determinants of embryo destiny in a polyembryonic seed – mortality, inbreeding depression and sibling rivalry in a pine nutshell’ (2022 – 2026). The project’s goal is to study polyembryony of developing seeds of Pinus sylvestris, Scots pine. The study system allows testing various evolutionary hypothesis on the existence and function of polyembryony, such as competition, compensation and embryo lethal system acting similarly to self-incompatibility. We use this system to study developmental selection, that takes place at pre-emergent state in contrast to post-emergent (after birth or germination) natural selection.

 

The work will be conducted in Forest Genomics research group at the Department of Forest Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, at the University of Helsinki, in collaboration with Natural Resources Institute Finland and University of Minnesota. Forest Genomics research group is a part of the Centre of Excellence in Tree Biology (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/centre-excellence-tree-biology) providing ample opportunities and resources to interact and network with a large community of developmental and functional biology, genomics, ecophysiology and computational biology experts and other Doctoral and Postdoctoral researchers. The exact project goals will be adjusted based on the candidate’s skills and interests. The project includes field and laboratory work, microscopy, X-ray imaging, gene expression analysis, scientific writing and other communication and networking activities.

 

REQUIREMENTS
We are looking for an applicant with 
•    MSc or similar degree
•    Motivation to carry out postgraduate studies
•    Background and interest in plant molecular biology, physiology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology and/or genetics
•    Fluent written and verbal communication skills (in English)
•    Strong problem-solving skills
•    Ability to work both independently and as a part of a multidisciplinary research team

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The position is full time and funded for three years. There is a possibility for continuation as further funding is secured. 

 

DOCTORAL PROGRAMME
The successful candidate must have a right to pursue studies leading to a doctoral degree from the Helsinki University, or this right must be successfully applied for during the trial period. Doctoral studies will be conducted in The Doctoral School of in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences (YEB) and suitable doctoral programmes include e.g., Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources (AGFOREE) and The Doctoral Programme in Plant Sciences (DPPS). The research plan and other application material will be prepared together with the PhD supervisor(s) in the beginning of the employment period.

 

The doctoral student’s salary will be based on levels 2–3 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. The salary will be between 2200–2500 €/month, depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

A six month trial period will be applied.

 

HOW TO APPLY
Applications must have the following enclosures as a single pdf file in English:
1) Letter of motivation (max 1 page)
2) Academic CV
3) Names and e-mail addresses of two referees. 

 

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

 

The deadline for applications is 11.9.2022 at 23:59 EEST. 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION
Further information on the position can be obtained from Associate Professor Tanja Pyhäjärvi (tanja.pyhajarvi (at) helsinki.fi)

If you need assistance with the recruitment portal, please contact HR Coordinator (sari.aaltonen(at)helsinki.fi) or HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen (mirkka.juntunen(at)helsinki.fi)

WHAT WE OFFER
The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry offers an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary and international research environment in the context of sustainability. The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is located in the Viikki campus. 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. www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-agriculture-and-forestry

 

The Department of Forest Sciences is one of the units of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry with a staff of about 100 persons. The Department conducts internationally recognized forest research and provides the highest-level education based on the research. The focus areas of research are forest ecology, forest resource management and forest economics, business and policy. The appointee can and is encouraged to be also affiliated with the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS). https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-agriculture-and-forestry/research/forest-sciences

 

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Deadline: 2022-09-11 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry

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Post expires on Sunday September 11th, 2022

Postdoctoral researchers, Research Centre for Ecological Change

The Organismal and Evolutionary Research Programme and the Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences invite applications for eight postdoctoral researchers in biodiversity-ecosystem functioning, community ecology, biodiversity science, statistical ecology and statistics for a fixed term of 2-3 years with a possibility of continuation. There will be a trial period of six months in the beginning.

 

The post doc positions are part of the Research Centre for Ecological Change (REC) and are funded by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation and the Ministry of the Environment. PIs of the Centre are prof. Anna-Liisa Laine, prof. Tomas Roslin, assoc. prof. Jarno Vanhatalo and assoc. prof. Marjo Saastamoinen. There is some flexibility in the starting date, selected candidates can start as soon as possible and ideally by early 2023.

 

The overreaching aim of REC is to generate a coordinated analysis of long-term ecological data to understand the drivers and consequences of global change on biodiversity. To unravel how populations, interactions between species in natural communities and their effects on ecosystem functioning are responding to ongoing environmental change, the project takes advantage of the unique long-term datasets collected in Finland. REC also develops state-of-the-art methodology for analysing long-term spatially structured data sets within a joint species distribution modelling framework. For more information on REC, please see  https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/research-centre-for-ecological-change/

 

POST DOC POSITION IN BIODIVERSITY-ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONING

We are seeking a postdoc to combine analyses of ecological time-series data with field collected data to understand how biodiversity and ecosystem functioning are linked and changing across different habitats in response to climate change and/or human use of natural resources. The successful candidate will take part in developing the specific research questions as well as the field data collection approaches used in the project. The focus of the specific research questions will be decided in accordance with the background and interests of the candidate but should relate to ecosystem functions such as pollination, carbon use efficiency and/or productivity.

 

We seek candidates who have completed a PhD in ecology or a related field, have strong conceptual and statistical skills, have worked with large and complex datasets, experience in field work with potential expertise in utilizing methods such as eDNA, remote sensing or digital imaging. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to conceive, execute and complete research projects, and to think independently and creatively are required. The post docs will work as a part of a team at the Centre and excellent communication skills are required.

 

POST DOC POSITION IN COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

We are seeking two post docs to link the spatial and temporal data on distribution of community composition and biodiversity in Finland. The questions of interest relate to identifying what traits determine winners and losers in regards to on-going environmental change, analysis of the emergence of novel community compositions, the strength and rate of biodiversity shift over the last decades, and identifying factors and underlying mechanisms that mitigate such change. The data and research questions concern both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. The focus of the specific research questions will be developed jointly with the candidate.

 

We seek candidates who have completed a PhD in ecology or a related field, and have strong conceptual and computational skills, as well as experience in developing and working with large and complex datasets and theory. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to conceive, execute and complete research projects, and to think independently and creatively are required. Overall, excellent communication skills are required for extensive collaborations.

 

POST DOC POSITIONS IN BIODIVERSITY SCIENCE AND STATISTICAL ECOLOGY

We are seeking two post docs to analyze the state of the art and future strategies for the monitoring of biodiversity and for sustained generation of long-term community data. The successful candidate will survey the Finnish datasets currently available as well as ongoing programs of data collection, identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the monitoring of Finnish nature, and suggest future strategies for the comprehensive, sustainable survey of our living environment. Special interest will be in analyzing alternative biodiversity indexes and their suitability to biodiversity monitoring. The data and the monitoring concern both aquatic and terrestrial communities. As a basis for future monitoring strategies, the successful candidate is expected to consider current national and international environmental targets, what insight and metrics are needed to measure success in achieving them, and what critical sources of uncertainty to quantify in evaluating current performance. Thus, the postdoctoral researcher will work at the interface of biodiversity monitoring, community ecology and statistics. The post-doc will also collaborate and offer data analysis support to REC researchers.

The successful applicant should have completed a PhD in ecology or a related field, and have strong analytical and statistical skills. Alternatively, the successful candidate should have a PhD in statistical ecology or statistics and a strong, proved, experience in ecology. We seek candidates with excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to conceive, execute and complete research projects, and to think independently and creatively. Overall, excellent social skills are required for extensive collaborations.

 

POST DOC POSITIONS IN STATISTICS

We are seeking three post docs to develop statistical and computational methods for analyzing large and heterogeneous ecological data and to plan biodiversity monitoring programs. The post docs to be hired to this project will 1) develop models and methods to integrate heterogeneous, but complementary, ecological and environmental data, 2) develop predictive model comparison and assessment methods for extrapolative scenarios, and 3) develop statistical theory and methods to plan cost efficient biodiversity monitoring programs. You will concentrate on one of the three development tasks while contributing and helping in the others. You will also collaborate and provide help with data analyses of other REC researchers in their more applied projects. In the first two tasks, the work focuses specifically on so called joint species distribution modeling (JSDM) framework. JSDMs are multivariate models that can be applied to hierarchical, spatial and temporal study designs, and many kinds of response data. These models are among the most important statistical tools in community ecology today. They are routinely used for inference and various prediction tasks. The JSDMs used in this project are built around novel latent factor and Gaussian process models. In the third task, the work focuses specifically on Bayesian optimal design methods for high dimensional biodiversity data.  For our recent methodological publications, see the reference list at the end.

 

The successful applicant should have doctoral degree in statistics, machine learning, or other relevant field, and have experience in developing and applying Bayesian methods in computationally challenging problems. Prior experience in ecology is not necessary, but considered an advantage. The exact direction of the work can be agreed upon based on the experience and interests of the candidate.

 

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

 

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

  • motivational letter telling which of the positions you are interested in and outlining why you are the right person for this task (max 1 page)
  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • list of publications
  • contact information of two persons who are willing to provide a reference letter by separate request. 

 

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

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

 

The deadline for submitting the application is 11.9.2022 (at 23:59 EEST). If you are interested in applying for more than one of the positions, please only submit one application for your first choice and indicate in your cover motivational letter your interest in the other position(s).

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT BY EMAIL

Tomas Roslin (tomas.roslin(at)helsinki.fi), Anna-Liisa Laine (anna-liisa.laine(at)helsinki.fi), Marjo Saastamoinen (marjo.saastamoinen(at)helsinki.fi), Jarno Vanhatalo (jarno.vanhatalo(at)helsinki.fi).

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

 

SOME RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM REC

Antão, L. H., Weigel, B., Strona, G., Hällfors, M., Kaarlejärvi, E., Dallas, T., Opedal, Ø. H., Heliölä, J., Henttonen, H., Huitu, O., Korpimäki, E., Kuussaari, M., Lehikoinen, A., Leinonen, R., Lindén, A., Merilä, P., Pietiäinen, H., Pöyry, J., Salemaa, M., Tonteri, T., Vuorio, K., Ovaskainen, O., Saastamoinen, M., Vanhatalo, J., Roslin, T. & Laine, A.-L. 2022. Climate change reshuffles northern species within their niches. Nature Climate Change, 12:587-592. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-022-01381-x

Hällfors, M., Antao, L., Itter, M., Lehikoinen, A., Lindholm, T. M., Roslin, T. & Saastamoinen, M. 2020. Shifts in timing and duration of breeding for 73 boreal bird species over four decades. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117(31):18557-18565. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1913579117

Hällfors, M. H., Pöyry, J., Heliölä, J., Kohonen, I., Kuussaari, M., Leinonen, R., Schmucki, R., Sihvonen, P. & Saastamoinen, M. 2021. Combining range and phenology shifts offers a winning strategy for boreal Lepidoptera. Ecology Letters, 24(8):1619-1632. DOI: 10.1111/ele.13774

Itter, M.  Kaarlejärvi, E., Laine, A.-L., Hamberg, L., Tonteri, T. & Vanhatalo, J. 2022. Identifying and separating the processes underlying boreal forest understory community assembly. Preprint available at bioRxiv. DOI: 10.1101/2022.05.03.490480

Fraixedas, S., Roslin, T. Antão, L. H., Pöyry, J. & Laine, A.-L. (2022) Nationally reported metrics can’t adequately guide transformative change in biodiversity policy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(9) e2117299119. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2117299119

Liu, J. and Vanhatalo, J. (2020). Bayesian model based spatio-temporal sampling designs and partially observed log Gaussian Cox process. Spatial Statistics, 35:100392. DOI: 10.1016/j.spasta.2019.100392

Vanhatalo, J., Hartmann, M. and Veneranta, L. (2020). Additive multivariate Gaussian processes for joint species distribution modeling with heterogeneous data. Bayesian Analysis, 15(2):415–447. DOI: 10.1214/19-BA1158

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE UNITS

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. https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-biological-and-environmental-sciences/research/organismal-and-evolutionary-biology

 

The Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences (HiLIFE) is a life science institute at the University of Helsinki established in 2017 supporting high quality research across campuses and life science faculties. HiLIFE builds on existing strengths and new recruits and partnerships to create an attractive international environment for solving grand challenges in health, food, and environment. https://www.helsinki.fi/en/hilife-helsinki-institute-life-science

 

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.

 

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Deadline: 2022-09-11 at 23:59
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Post expires on Sunday September 11th, 2022

Postdoctoral or Doctoral Researcher in cell/vascular biology

The Cell Communication group led by Dr. Kari Vaahtomeri at the Translational Cancer Medicine Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki and Wihuri Research Institute, Finland, invites applications for a position of

 

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER/DOCTORAL STUDENT

 

for a fixed term till 31.8.2023. The position is filled immediately upon finding a suitable candidate. Trial period of maximum six months will be applied. 

 

Vaahtomeri lab is a dynamic young research group. We are interested in the cellular mechanisms of lymphatic capillary growth and immune cell trafficking. Lymphatic research is currently a hot topic since stimulation of lymphatic endothelium has been shown to boost adaptive immunity in inflammation-associated conditions, such as cancer, neurodegeneration and heart and coronary diseases.

 

Our research focuses on cell/molecule level mechanisms that allow lymphatic endothelium to sense and respond to changes in the microenvironment. In these studies, we use primary cell culture models, genetic perturbations, state-of-the-art microscopy and image analyses.

 

We have a position for a fixed term (till 31.8.2023) for a postdoctoral researcher or a doctoral student, who is motivated to investigate key open questions in the fields of:

– Cell biology
– Vascular biology
– Leukocyte trafficking

 

The candidate most suitable for the position is expected to be enthusiastic about scientific research. The candidate should be able to demonstrate abstract thinking as well as the potential to develop and pursue a scientific project in the field of cell biology. He/she should have strong communication skills (English) and the ability to work in an international environment in an organized manner. Experience in cell culture, microscopy, image analyses, in vivo models and/or other related disciplines is considered beneficial.

 

At the postdoctoral level, a successful candidate should have a Ph.D. degree in an appropriate biological subject and a demonstrated track record of peer-reviewed publications. For a post-doctoral researcher, the brutto salary is starting from 3500 euros/month, depending on previous qualifications and experience.  

 

At the pre-doctoral level, it is required that the candidate has study right for doctoral studies at University of Helsinki or he/she will acquire it during the trial period. Previous experience in a relevant research field is considered an advantage. Doctoral researchers have typically at the beginning of their PhD work gross salary about 2300-2400 euros/month, and it raises gradually as the PhD work progresses.
 
The work is supervised by principal investigator Kari Vaahtomeri (Ph.D., Doc.). Our laboratory is located in the Translational Cancer Medicine Research Program, Biomedicum Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki and Wihuri Research Institute.

Please, enclose a CV, transcript of study records, list of publications and a short motivation letter to your application. The deadline for the applications is Monday the 15th of August, 2022.

For more information on the position, please contact Kari Vaahtomeri (kari.vaahtomeri(at)helsinki.fi).

For additional information about the application process, please contact the HR team at hr-ltdk (at) helsinki.fi.

 

Relevant publications:
Vaahtomeri et al. 2017, Cell Reports; Vaahtomeri et al. 2017, Genes & Development; Vaahtomeri et al. 2020, Cancer Research and Vaahtomeri et al. 2021 Front. Immunol.

Lab website: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/cell-communication.
Twitter @VaahtomeriLab

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Postdoctoral Researcher to Hematology Research Unit

The Hematology Research Unit is seeking A POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

 

The Hematology Research Unit Helsinki (HRUH) is a translational research group, led by Professor Satu Mustjoki, which aims at understanding the pathobiology of malignant blood diseases and chronic inflammation. In blood cancers, the responses to immune checkpoint inhibitors have been modest, and there is a significant need for more effective therapies and for better understanding individual resistance and response mechanisms (personalized medicine).  In our ongoing projects we aim to discover more effective immunotherapies, and individual resistance and sensitivity mechanisms using unbiased functional screens at the single cell level (e.g. CRISPR-Cas9 screens, high-throughput drug sensitivity assays) and utilizing primary patient immune and cancer cells in the dynamic co-culture models. 

 

YOUR PROFILE 
•    We are looking for a highly motivated, curiosity-driven, and skilled applicant with a doctoral (PhD) degree in the field of immunology, tumor immunology / biology, translational hematology, or other related or relevant discipline. 
•    Proven skills in e.g., immunogenomics, genetics, functional immunoassays, flow cytometry applications, in vivo inflammation models and protein chemistry are considered as assets
•    The candidate is also expected to have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and a strong publication record is an advantage.
•    Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research team is imperative in the role.

WHAT WE OFFER
We offer the opportunity to work in international research environment, with illustrious collaborations and strong link to the clinic. With a state-of-the-art laboratory, we feature a wide range of research techniques and knowledge, from wet lab to bioinformatics, and cherish well-functioning group dynamics. Apart from research work, we provide training and supervision to undergraduate and graduate students. 
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. 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.

 

APPLYING TO THE JOB
The position(s) is available as soon as the selected candidates are available. The project allows initially two year fixed-term positions. A trial period of 6 months will be applied. 
Salary will depend upon the applicant’s level of skills, knowledge, and abilities and is based on the university salary system.

 

Please submit your application via the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the ‘Apply now’ button. 

 

Please attach the following documents to your application as a single PDF file:
•    Cover letter that details your past experience and motivation for applying for the post
•    CV (including publications)
•    Contact details of at least three referees

 

The deadline for the applications is 14 August 2022. 

 

For further information please contact Satu Mustjoki: satu.mustjoki (at) helsinki.fi. If you need support with the recruitment system, please contact hr-ltdk (at) helsinki.fi.

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Post expires on Sunday August 14th, 2022

Doctoral Researcher to a project related to zoonooses at sheep pastures

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Helsinki is the only institution of higher education in Finland to train veterinarians. It has about 750 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs approximately 150 academic staff, which is nearly half of the entire staff. The degree programmes have been accredited in accordance with the European System of Evaluation of Veterinary Training (ESEVT). The Faculty has four departments (Food Hygiene and Environmental Health, Equine and Small Animal Medicine, Production Animal Medicine, Veterinary Biosciences) and Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

 

The Department of Food Hygiene and Environmental Health at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is located at the University of Helsinki’s Viikki Campus. The Department’s research relates broadly to microbes, toxins and chemical contaminants borne by food, animals, water and the environment, as well as spoilage bacteria associated with food, and environmental health control. One of the key research themes is the prevention of the food- and water-borne spread of microbes that cause infectious diseases in our living environments.

 

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for the position of a

 

DOCTORAL RESEARCHER

 

The appointment is for 2 years, starting in 1 October 2022 or upon agreement (further funding will be applied for during the project). Also applications for part-time job will be considered.

 

The position is located in the Department of Food Hygiene and Environmental Health in the Makera research project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The project, in collaboration with the Department of Production Animal Medicine and the Finnish Food Authority, investigates the occasional zoonotic and parasitic infections in sheep, for which more information is needed to prevent and reduce them. The project identifies the threats that zoonotic bacteria and parasites from sheep feces may pose to human and animal health when present in pastures and possibly also in watersheds nearby the pastures. The project will produce researched and comprehensive information on the prevalence of food- and water-borne zoonoses in heaths and their grazing environments.

 

The appointee must obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki and approval by a suitable doctoral programme by the end of the 6 month probationary period of the employment, unless having already existing study right. The research plan and other application material will be prepared together with the PhD supervisor(s) in the beginning of the employment period.

 

The duties of the doctoral researcher include conducting research in the project framework with the aim of achieving doctoral degree in accordance with the degree requirements of the University of Helsinki. The doctoral researcher’s job description includes a variety of tasks, such as sampling in pastures, bacteriological and molecular biological analyzes of manure and environmental samples, processing of zoonotic microbial strains and their gene sequences, analysis of collected data and presentation of results. The doctoral researcher is required to have the readiness and interest to become acquainted with diverse research methods and to participate in the implementation of laboratory research and statistical and bioinformatics analyzes. These are supported by the research teams and experts involved in the project. The teaching duties will cover a maximum of 5 % of the total working hours.

 

Requirements

 

We are looking for an applicant with
• an applicable second-cycle university degree in the field of veterinary science or other applicable field such as microbiology or environmental science. We will also consider applications, when the applicant has almost graduated (veterinary medicine) vs. eligibility to apply to FoodHealth*
• motivation to carry out research and farm visits related to grazing in different parts of Finland
• driving licence
• good English skills (written and oral)
• ability and motivation for independent problem solving and multidisciplinary, applied research

 

The salary is based on the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff according to the salary system of the Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a personal salary component. Doctoral researchers start from requirement level 2. In total, the starting gross salary of a doctoral researcher is typically about 2300-2400 EUR per month. The requirement level of a doctoral researcher is determined on the basis of progressing in the studies. Doctoral researchers advance to level 3, when they are in the midpoint of completing the work required for the doctoral degree, and eventually to level 4, when the supervisor estimates that the doctoral researcher can publicly defend the dissertation in approximately one year. The position is filled with 6 months probationary period.

 

Interested in the position?

 

Please submit your application and the required attachments through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System. Required attachments to the application:

• Free form application, expressing interest to research work and the position in question, competence related to research field and 1-2 referees (names and contact details)
• CV including possible scientific articles
• Degree certificates and transcripts of records

 

The closing date for applications is 21 August 2022 (23:59 EEST).

 

Right to pursue a doctoral degree

 

Please note that the appointee must obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki and approval by a suitable doctoral programme by the end of the 6 month probationary period of the employment, unless having already existing study right. The research plan and other application material will be prepared together with the PhD supervisor(s) in the beginning of the employment period. The most suitable doctoral programme is Food Chain and Health (FoodHealth). Alternatively, the Doctoral Researcher may be hired as a Research Assistant until admission to a doctoral programme (if it does not seem possible to obtain the study right to doctoral degree within 6 months because of application periods); the salary will be similar to a Doctoral Researcher position.

 

Further information

 

• Position and research project: PI, associate professor Tarja Pitkänen: tarja.m.pitkanen(at)helsinki.fi, p. +358504285746 (on vacation 2 – 24 July and 15 – 21 August)
• Recruitment system and applying: HR Specialist Heidi Kauppinen, heidi.m.kauppinen(at)helsinki.fi, p. +358504155341 (mostly on vacation 1 July – 7 August)
Working at the University of Helsinki
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
HOH Helsinki One Health
Support for international staff
• Zoonooses at sheep pastures project (in Finnish): Lammaslaitumien zoonoosit – Maa- ja metsätalousministeriö (mmm.fi)
Tarja Pitkänen Research Group, Waterborne pathogens
Rauni Kivistö’s Veterinary Environmental Hygiene Research Group
Project pages at Finnish Food Authority (In Finnish)

 

Related to admissions to doctoral studies

 

Application process to doctoral education
About doctoral schools and programmes
Doctoral programme in Food Chain and Health (FoodHealth)

*Related to eligibility to apply to FoodHealth: ”In addition, applicants who have been admitted to pursue a licentiate degree in medicine and dentistry or a licentiate degree in veterinary medicine at a Finnish university or at a university from EU/EEA country, or at the University of Helsinki can also be admitted to pursue a postgraduate research degree. Furthermore, applicants licensed as a healthcare professional by the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health or veterinarians licensed by the Finnish Food Authority who have completed applicable education abroad in their home country equivalent to a second-cycle university degree or a second-cycle degree from a university of applied sciences can be admitted.”

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Deadline: 2022-08-21 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

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Post expires on Sunday August 21st, 2022

Doctoral Researcher, Effects of maternal microbial metabolites and EVs on fetal development

The position will be at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, connected to the multidisciplinary HOH Helsinki One Health research network. We are located at Viikki Campus, together with the Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Pharmacy, and life science research units. The research activities at Viikki are supported by state-of-the-art infrastructures including core facilities e.g. for genome analysis, extracellular vesicle research, proteomics and microscopy, as well as the Viikki Research Farm.

 

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for the position of a

 

DOCTORAL RESEARCHER (Effects of maternal microbial metabolites and extracellular vesicles on fetal development)

 

The appointment is until 31 August 2026. The starting date is as soon as possible after the recruitment decision is made. The position is filled with a 6 month probationary period.

 

The appointment is in the Academy of Finland research project led by docent Mikael Niku, in the Developmental Interactions Research Group. We investigate the impacts of metabolites and extracellular vesicles generated by maternal microbiota on the fetal development of the immune system, in cell culture models, laboratory mice and large animals (including humans).

 

For more details on our research, please see the website of the Research Group (below).

 

The duties of the doctoral researcher include conducting research in the project framework with the aim of achieving doctoral degree in accordance with the degree requirements of the University of Helsinki, supervision of undergraduate students, and other discipline-specific teaching. The teaching duties will cover a maximum of 5% of the total working hours and are quite enjoyable due to our highly motivated students.

 

We offer

 

• A compact research group with expert laboratory technicians and supervisors who have time and interest to help you
• Extensive national and international collaboration network with experts on metabolomics, extracellular vesicles, data analysis, microbiology, veterinary and medical research
• Opportunity to obtain versatile skills, knowledge and experience in biological sciences, including immunology, microbiology and metabolomics, cutting edge laboratory methods, bioinformatics and data analysis, scientific communication, and collaborative research

 

We expect

 

• MSc or licentiate degree in a relevant field
• Fluent communication skills in English
• Curiosity, genuine interest in science, initiative
• Ability to work in a close team and with an extensive collaboration network, and effectively organize own work and the work of the technical staff
• Motivation to learn new wet lab and data analysis methods (including Unix based bioinformatics tools and R programming) and understand a broad range of biological phenomena

 

We also appreciate experience in:

• Animal cell culture
• Microbiology, especially anaerobic culture methods
• Immunology
• Metabolomics
• Extracellular vesicle research
• R scripting (or equivalent) and Unix based bioinformatics tools
• Writing (also non-academic)

 

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and minorities.

 

Right to pursue a doctoral degree

 

Please note that the appointee must obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki and approval by a suitable doctoral programme by the end of the 6 month probationary period of the employment, unless having already existing study right. The research plan and other application material will be prepared together with the PhD supervisor(s) in the beginning of the employment period. Alternatively, the Doctoral Researcher may be hired as a Research Assistant until admission to a doctoral programme (if it does not seem possible to obtain the study right to doctoral degree within 6 months because of application periods); the salary will be similar to a Doctoral Researcher position.

 

Salary and benefits

 

The salary is based on the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff according to the salary system of the Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a personal salary component. Doctoral researchers start from requirement level 2. In total, the starting gross salary of a doctoral researcher is typically about 2300-2400 EUR per month, and raises gradually as the PhD work progresses.

 

The requirement level of a doctoral researcher is determined on the basis of progressing in the studies. Doctoral researchers advance to level 3, when they are in the midpoint of completing the work required for the doctoral degree, and eventually to level 4, when the supervisor estimates that the researcher can publicly defend the dissertation in approximately one year.

Occupational health care is provided for university employees. Read more about the employee benefits at the University of Helsinki: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers.

 

Interested in the position?
 
Please submit your application and the required attachments through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System.

 

The application should include
• a motivation letter (max 1 page) with research interests / plans
• a detailed CV with full contact details, education/previous degrees obtained, prior work/research experience, link to the online version of the MSc/licentiate thesis (if available) and list of potential publications (if any), and contact information of one or more previous supervisors, employers, or other references/recommendations
• copy/copies of the diploma(s) of previous degree(s)

 

The closing date for applications is August the 14th 2022 (23:59 EEST).

 

Further information

 

• Position and research project: docent, senior lecturer Mikael Niku, mikael.niku(at)helsinki.fi, +358294157029
• Recruitment system and applying: HR Specialist Heidi Kauppinen, heidi.m.kauppinen(at)helsinki.fi, +358504155341 (on vacation in July)

Working at the University of Helsinki
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
HOH Helsinki One Health
Developmental Interactions Research Group (the website will be updated in early July)
Support for international staff
 

Related to admissions to doctoral studies

 

Application process to doctoral education (including demonstration of language proficiency)
About doctoral schools and programmes

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Postdoctoral researcher, Effects of maternal microbial metabolites on fetal development

The position will be at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, connected to the multidisciplinary HOH Helsinki One Health research network. We are located at Viikki Campus, together with the Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Pharmacy, and life science research units. The research activities at Viikki are supported by state-of-the-art infrastructures including core facilities e.g. for metabolomics, proteomics,  genome analysis, extracellular vesicle research and microscopy, as well as the Viikki Research Farm.

 

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for the position of a

 

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER (Effects of maternal microbial metabolites on fetal development)

 

The appointment is for approximately two years, with the starting date as soon as possible after the recruitment decision is made. The position is filled with a 6 month probationary period.

 

The appointment is in the Academy of Finland research project led by docent Mikael Niku, in the Developmental Interactions Research Group. The postdoctoral researcher will also visit our collaborating laboratories in Turku and/or Kuopio, to perform metabolomics laboratory analyses. We identify novel microbial metabolites and investigate the impacts of metabolites and extracellular vesicles generated by maternal microbiota on the fetal development of the immune system and central nervous system, in cell culture models, laboratory mice and large animals (including humans).

 

For more details on our research, please see the website of the Research Group (below).

The appointee will perform research in the project. The appointee may also supervise students and participate in other discipline-specific teaching. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5 % of the annual working time and are quite enjoyable due to our highly motivated students.

 

We offer

 

• A compact research group with expert laboratory technicians
• Research project with top scores from the international evaluation panel of the Academy of Finland
• Extensive national and international collaboration network with experts on metabolomics, extracellular vesicles, data analysis, microbiology, veterinary and medical research

 

We expect

 

• PhD degree in a relevant field (The degree requirement must be met by the beginning of the employment.)
• Experience in LC-MS based metabolomics
• Fluent communication skills in English
• Curiosity, genuine interest in science, initiative
• Ability to work in a close team and with an extensive collaboration network, and effectively organize own work and the work of the technical staff
• Ability to contribute to hypothesis generation, experimental design, data analysis and manuscript writing

 

We also appreciate experience in:

• Organic chemistry (analytical and/or synthesis)
• R scripting (or equivalent) and Unix based bioinformatics tools
• Multi-omics data analysis
• Microbiology
• Immunology

 

University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and minorities.

 

Salary and benefits

 

The salary is based on the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff according to the salary system of the Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a personal salary component. The monthly salary in a full time postdoctoral researcher position is usually about 3 300–3 600 €) depending on applicant’s qualifications and experience.

Occupational health care is provided for university employees. Read more about the employee benefits at the University of Helsinki: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers.

 

Interested in the position?
 
Please submit your application and the required attachments through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System.

 

The application (in Finnish or in English) should include:
• a motivation letter (max 1 page) with research interests / plans
• a detailed CV (with the date of thesis defense and date of PhD graduation, title of the thesis, previous academic/work positions, current position, academic distinctions and list of peer-reviewed publications), motivation letter (1 page), three reference contacts, and other possible documents attesting to your competence for the position.
• copy/copies of the diploma(s) of previous degree(s)

 

The closing date for applications is August the 31th 2022 (23:59 EEST).

 

Further information

 

• Position and research project: docent, senior lecturer Mikael Niku, mikael.niku(at)helsinki.fi, +358294157029
• Recruitment system and applying: HR Specialist Heidi Kauppinen, heidi.m.kauppinen(at)helsinki.fi, +358504155341 (on vacation in July)
Working at the University of Helsinki
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
HOH Helsinki One Health network
Developmental Interactions Research Group (the website will be updated in early July)
Support for international applicants

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Deadline: 2022-08-31 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

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Post expires on Wednesday August 31st, 2022

Post-Doctoral Researcher in transcriptomics of plant programmed cell death

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
 

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER
 

in transcriptomics of plant programmed cell death  for a fixed term of two years in the research group of Dr. Mikael Brosché. The earliest starting date is 1.9.2022. There will be a trial period of six months in the beginning.
 

A post-doctoral position is available at the University of Helsinki, Finland as a part of a recently funded Academy of Finland project “The role of cell specific signaling in plant defense and cell death”.

In this project, we will develop methods to define the transcriptome at cell death lesions induced by treatments with air pollutant ozone. Further, new regulators of plant programmed cell death and plant defense to ozone pollution will be identified. We have previously generated extensive genetic resources and RNAseq data to understand plant global response to ozone, and in this project these will aid development of cell specific assays.  See our recent publications:
 

Xu et al., 2022 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpls.2022.883002/abstract

Morales et al., 2021 https://doi.org/10.1093/plphys/kiab097

Vuorinen et al., 2021 https://doi.org/10.1094/MPMI-07-20-0202-R
 

A successful applicant will likely have a strong background in plant molecular biology, genetics or stress biology, and familiarity with analysis of RNAseq data. Applicants to the position shall hold a doctoral degree and have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work.
 

Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr. Mikael Brosché (mikael.brosche(at)helsinki.fi).
 

Formal applications should include as a single pdf file:

  • a CV including a list of publications
  • a max. 2 page letter of motivation
  • contact information of two persons who can provide a reference letter based on request 
     

The salary 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 with the overall starting salary amounting to c. 3600 EUR per month, depending on the previous relevant research experience of the candidate.
 

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply link. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for submitting the application is 26th August 2022.

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Deadline: 2022-08-26 at 23:59
Unit: Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences

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Post expires on Friday August 26th, 2022