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Postdoc­toral Re­searcher in Eco­sys­tem Ser­vices in Urban Green­spaces Across Bio­mes

The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme, University of Helsinki, invites applications for


The position will be filled as of 1 September 2018. The project will be carried out in collaboration with John’s Hopkins University in Baltimore, Kansas State University and the Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

The Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme conducts extensive interdisciplinary research on the responses and sensitiveness of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems to human-induced changes with the aim of understanding and providing solutions to sustainability. (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-biological-and-environmental-scien…)

Project and Tasks
The goal of this project is to explore whether different plant functional types (evergreen trees, broadleaf trees or lawn grass) have a divergent influence on ecosystem service (ES) provision in urban parks, and whether the ES potential depends on (i) park age and (ii) geographic location (boreal, temperate and tropical). In particular, we aim at exploring the interactions between the taxonomic and functional diversity of soil microorganisms and some soil fauna and plant functional types in ecosystem processes (including decomposition processes, sequestration of C and nutrients in soils and the production of greenhouse gases).
Furthermore, the multi-biome approach allows resolving the hitherto untested hypotheses that (i) anthropogenic activities, such as park management practices, homogenise urban soils and their biota across the world, and (ii) this should lead to the convergence of functions/ES in urban parks, i.e. soil biota and functions are globally more similar between urban soils relative to native soils.
We are looking for a Post doctoral Fellow with a strong background in soil microbial ecology and a keen interest in molecular aspects of microbial biodiversity. The successful candidate will participate in choosing/establishing experimental areas across the biomes, sampling the soils, preparing and analyzing the soil samples and publishing the results.

The position is located at the Ecosystem and Environment Research Programme, situating in the city of Lahti, ca. 100 km north of Helsinki. The postdoc will have access to a state-of-the-art soil science lab including a modern molecular lab. For more details of the site and research personnel, see:

Qualifications and Conditions of Employment
• The candidate should have a PhD in Soil Science, Soil Ecology, Microbial Ecology, or a closely related subject, with demonstrated experience in experimental soil science
• The candidate must be able to work independently in an English-speaking environment
• Experience with DNA-techniques (such as qPCR, rtPCR), tools for microbial community analyses techniques (e.g. T-RFLP, DGGE), and functional genomics is a merit.
Application procedure
The position is for 4 years. The total monthly salary at the beginning of the contract is ca. EUR 3500, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. Application should include the following documents as a single pdf file: a CV, degree certificate, a publication list, a 1-2 page letter describing your motivation for this position, and names and contact information of two professional references.

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 via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for submitting the application is July 30, 2018. A six-month trial period will be applied.

For further information please contact Professor Heikki Setälä (urban ecosystem ecology), heikki.setala@helsinki.fi, Professor Ari Jumpponen (questions related to soil microbial ecology), ari@k-state.edu, http://www.ksu.edu/biology/faculty_pages/jumpponen.html

For more information on the Urban Ecosystem Research Group, see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/urban-ecosystems

Post expires on Monday July 30th, 2018

Postdoc­toral Re­searcher for Fager­holm Group

The Fagerholm group at the Faculty of Bio- and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki is seeking to recruit a


The position is available from 1st September 2018 for minimum of one year with the possibility of extension.

The postdoc will participate in an Academy of Finland-funded project which investigates the molecular mechanisms by which integrins regulate immune cell programming and immune cell-mediated tumor rejection.

The Fagerholm group consists of Immunologists and Biochemists working together to understand the molecular mechanisms which regulate immune cell trafficking and function in vivo. We are especially interested in the role of integrins in immune system regulation and in immune-system related diseases such as immunodeficiency and cancer. We use a wide range of techniques such as mouse genetics, tumor models, in vivo immune cell migration and other functional assays, flow cytometry, cell biology, imaging and next generation sequencing to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of immune cell function.

Applicants should possess a PhD degree in a relevant field (or be about to graduate) and an excellent academic record. They should have a strong understanding of basic principles of in vivo immunology and/or transcriptomics/genomics/epigenetics/cell biology, and have the ability to work productively both independently and as part of a team. Experience of techniques such as ChIP-seq and ATAC-seq is considered an advantage.

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. 3100 – 3500 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. A six-month trial period will be applied.

Application should include the following documents as a single pdf file: a brief statement of research interests, a CV and the names and contact details of 2 referees.

Informal enquiries should be sent to susanna.fagerholm(at)helsinki.fi.
Deadline for application is 31st July 2018, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For an outline of the group’s research: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/integrins-in-immunity.
Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi(at)helsinki.fi.

Recent publications from the lab include:
1. Savinko T, Guenther C, Uotila LM, Llort Asens M, Yao S, Tojkander S, Fagerholm SC. 2018. Filamin A Is Required for Optimal T Cell Integrin-Mediated Force Transmission, Flow Adhesion, and T Cell Trafficking. J Immunol 200:3109-3116.
2. Savinko T, Morrison V, Uotila L, Wolff H, Alenius H, Fagerholm SC. 2015. Functional beta2-integrins restrict skin inflammation in vivo, J Invest Dermatol.135:2249.
3. Morrison VL, James MJ, Grzes K, Cook P, Glass DG, Savinko T, Lek HS, Gawden-Bone C, Watts C, Millington OR, MacDonald AS, Fagerholm SC. 2014. Loss of beta2-integrin-mediated cytoskeletal linkage reprograms dendritic cells to a mature migratory phenotype. Nat Commun. 5: 5359.
4. Morrison VL, Macpherson M, Savinko T, Lek HS, Prescott A, Fagerholm SC. 2013. The beta2-integrin-kindlin-3 is essential for T cell homing but dispensable for T cell activation in vivo. Blood, 122:1428.

Due date

31.07.2018 23:59 EEST

Post expires on Tuesday July 31st, 2018

Postdoc­toral re­searcher in cell bio­logy

The University of Helsinki is a leading Nordic university with a preeminent role in life science research. Within the university, the Institute of Biotechnology (BI) is a part of Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE), dedicated to successful development of biotechnology and integrative biology and the application of this knowledge for the benefit of society. HiLIFE builds on existing strengths, new recruits, and partnerships in order to create an attractive international environment for solving grand challenges in health, food, and environment. It coordinates research infrastructures, provides research-based interdisciplinary training, and supports researchers within its units and partner faculties.

The group of Eija Jokitalo is inviting applications for a
Postdoctoral researcher in cell biology
for 2 years fixed term (with 6 month trial period) starting from August 15, 2018 (or later by agreement).

The successful candidate will join a compact research team in the analysis of structure-function relationship of membranes and organelles, using endoplasmic reticulum as a model organelle. The main aim of the group is to understand how different ER structures are formed and maintained and how these structural subdomains contribute to various ER functions. We employ wide selection of imaging techniques as well as various cell biological and biochemical techniques, screening approaches, and customized image processing tools for quantitative image analysis. The group operates side by side with the Electron microscopy core facility of the HiLIFE.

The applicant is required to hold PhD in cell biology, biochemistry, or a related field, as well as strong written and oral communication skills. The working language of the lab is English; knowledge of the Finnish language is not necessary. Experience in cell biology is required, experience in various imaging techniques and neurobiology is an advantage. The salary is based on level 5 of the job requirement scheme 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.

To apply, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply for job. Internal applicants must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal.

Upload a single pdf-file containing a one-page letter with a personal statement outlining your research interests and relevant work experience, your CV and bibliography and contact information for 2-3 references. The deadline for submitting applications is July 31, 2018, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For informal inquiries, contact Eija.Jokitalo(at)Helsinki.fi

Due date

31.07.2018 23:59 EEST

Post expires on Tuesday July 31st, 2018