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PhD student position, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

 

PhD student position, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, 4-year position 2020-2023 in Biocenter Oulu and Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Oulu

The University of Oulu (http://www.oulu.fi/english/) is one of the largest universities in Finland, with approximately 15 000 students and 3 000 employees. The University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) (http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/) provides the framework and conditions for high-quality, research-driven doctoral education at the University of Oulu, and field-specific doctoral training is provided by its multidisciplinary doctoral programmes. Biocenter Oulu (BCO) (http://www.oulu.fi/biocenter/) offers a high-level international multidisciplinary environment supplied with cutting-edge infrastructures.  Under this framework, the Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme (HBS-DP) (http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/dp/hbsdp) offers doctoral training in clinical medicine, biomedicine, biochemistry, molecular medicine, dentistry, health sciences, medical technology.

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD student position for a maximum of four years, starting at the earliest on 01.01.2020 in a Biocenter Oulu research project headed by Professor Johanna Myllyharju in the Hypoxia & Collagens research unit, Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine.

Our research focuses on the key enzyme regulators of the hypoxia response and collagen synthesis and their potential as therapeutic targets. We use mainly biochemical, cell biological and genetic mouse models to understand how these enzymes regulate normal physiological and developmental processes. In addition, we study whether their inhibition has therapeutic value in selected common pathological conditions, with main focus currently on fibrosis, cancer and inflammation. We offer a research environment with strong experience in PhD training, excellent technological facilities and a friendly and supporting community. More information can be found on our web page https://www.oulu.fi/biocenter/groups/myllyharju-karppinen.

Requirements
To successfully occupy the position of a doctoral student, the candidate must possess a Master’s degree or an equivalent degree (e.g. licentiate) preferably in the field of biochemistry, cell biology, medical science or related fields. Degree must have been completed with good grades by 31.12.2019. Ability to pursue independent research and excellent writing and fluency in English is expected. The doctoral student position is intended for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) who, according to the ”European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”, is defined as a researcher in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research activity, including the period of research training. Applicants will be either starting their doctoral training or will have completed no more than two full years of training (adjusted for possible previous part-time status) at the time the position is filled. The selected candidate will carry out his/her doctoral studies in the Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme of the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) and must meet the minimal requirements to receive doctoral study rights as defined in http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission.

Salary
The salary of the selected doctoral student will be initially set on level 2, and later on levels 2 – 4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a supplementary remuneration is given for personal achievement and performance (max. 50 %). In practice, the salary is roughly 2200 – 2700 € per month for an early stage researcher, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and progress of the doctoral thesis.

Since this call is for a starting doctoral researcher, the position is filled for a four-year period, beginning on 1 January 2020. A six-month trial period is applied in the position.

ApplicationApplications must be submitted using the electronic application form by September 16, 2019, 24:00 (Finnish local time), with the following attachments as three separate pdf files: Complete CV containing contact information of at least two referees (Max. size limit of the attachment: 5 Mbytes)

Motivation letter (maximum 1 page) describing prior knowledge and research interests and career plans (1-2 pages; max. size limit of the attachment: 2 Mbytes).

Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees. If the original documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, each document must be accompanied by an official certified translation into English or Finnish. (Max. size limit of the attachment: 2 Mbytes) Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Other relevant information
The eligible applicants fitting best in the research profile expected for the position may be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.

Contact
Prof. Johanna Myllyharju, e-mail: johanna.myllyharju (at) oulu.fi

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Post expires on Monday September 16th, 2019

Doctoral Student, Mobile Sensing and Crowdsourcing

 

The University of Oulu in Finland, with approximately 15,000 students and 3,000 employees, is an international, multidisciplinary research university, with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent. The strengths of the University include multidisciplinary research interests, modern research and study environments, and broad international cooperation (http://www.oulu.fi/university/). Related to this position, University of Oulu possesses strong expertise in medicine, wireless sensors and business combined with outstanding regional co-creation, thus responding to bottlenecks in health care and services through a wider uptake of eHealth solutions, interoperability and cost-effectiveness.

Position description
A doctoral student position with an initial four-year appointment (starting 1.1.2020) is available in ‘mobile sensing and crowdsourcing’ at the Center for Ubiquitous Computing, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (http://ubicomp.oulu.fi). In this project, the student will investigate and create mobile solutions for collecting objective and subjective data from end-users. This entails a rich methodological approach of using onboard sensors of smartphones, wearables, the experience sampling method, mobile questionnaires, etc. We work in the context of digital health and musculoskeletal disorders, in collaboration with the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in Oulu Group (PRIMO), at the University of Oulu Hospital and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. The candidate will be part of a team focusing on similar topics.

The successful candidate is expected to possess experience on mobile (preferably cross-platform) development or, at the very least, passion for learning cross-platform development. The earliest possible starting date is 1.1.2020, but the position will remain open until filled. A six-month trial period will be effective at the beginning of the initial four-year contract.

After acceptance, the doctoral student will be enrolled to the University of Oulu Graduate School’s (UniOGS) doctoral program. The general requirements for admission to the UniOGS can be found at http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission.

Required qualifications and assessmen
The successful applicant must hold a MSc. degree in computer science, HCI, or a related field that will be completed by December 31, 2019. Great command of both written and spoken English is required as well as excellent communication and teamwork skills. Demonstrated experience in writing scientific publications and teaching are considered additional merits. When assessing the qualifications, aspects that are also considered include expertise on the research field and methodology, scientific publications and community work.

Salary and benefits
The salary of the appointed doctoral student will be based on the demand level 2-4 in the salary chart for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, an additional salary component (max. 50% of the basic salary level) will be paid based on personal experience, achievements and performance. In practice, the starting salary of a new doctoral student is approximately 2450 € per month and it will progressively increase along with the progress of the student. In addition to the salary, the employed person will be insured by the university and provided occupational healthcare. Finland is known as a country with a high quality of life and good healthcare system.

Application procedure
The following documents must be attached to the application (to be submitted in English):
1) Cover letter describing prior background, research interests and career plans (1 page).
2) Curriculum vitae formatted according to the template of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae). The CV should also contain a list of publications, if any, under the section ’Scientific and societal impact of research’.
3) Contact information of two persons, who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate. Applications must be submitted using the electronic application system by September 30, 2019, 23:59 (Finnish local time). *Applications sent by email will not be considered*

For further information on the position and application procedure contact via email:

Adjunct Professor Simo Hosio, simo.hosio(at)oulu.fi
Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu

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Post expires on Monday September 30th, 2019

Postdoctoral Researchers – Mobile Device Use in Social Interaction

 

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 15,000 students and approximately 3,000 employees. The strengths of the University are its wide multidisciplinary study and research interests, its modern research and study environment, and its good cooperation with international research and education institutes. The Faculty of Humanities ( https://www.oulu.fi/humanities/ ), especially the COACT research community ( https://www.oulu.fi/coact/ ), provides a stimulating environment for research focusing on social interaction in various languages and settings. COACT is an active community that encompasses approx. 30 researchers (including 6 PIs, postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students) from different disciplines in human sciences working at the University of Oulu. COACT members carry out research on how talk, language and (other) multimodal resources feature in the complexity of social action and interaction, and how people skilfully manage their conduct at complex sites of learning, work and everyday life.

The following positions are open at the Faculty of Humanities, Research Unit of Languages and Literature:

2 x 2-year postdoctoral researcher position (100%) in the project “Smart Communication: The situated practices of mobile technology and digital literacies” (Academy of Finland, 2019-2023).

Description of the position 
The ”Smart Communication” project is interested in mundane technology use and possible changes in social skills brought about by new communication technologies ( http://www.oulu.fi/university/node/52132 ). Based on video recordings and multimodal conversation analysis, it suggests an empirical and micro-analytic approach to the situated use of mobile technologies (smartphones, tablets, etc.) in everyday face-to-face encounters. The project aims at the comparison of two different stages of digital socialization, i.e., deep digital socialization (young adults), and late digital socialization (elderly adults), in order to grasp possible age-related differences in technological skills and practices, as well as to describe how people engage with new technologies, regardless of their age or culture.

The successful applicants are invited to develop a research project focusing on everyday uses of mobile devices and related social practices in various types of face-to-face encounters. In close collaboration with the team members (currently the principal investigator, Florence Oloff, and one doctoral researcher), the applicants will contribute to the systematic study of linguistic, embodied and material resources that participants mobilize when using mundane technologies in co-presence. In the spirit of a cross-generational and cross-linguistic approach, the project team is to build up a comparable data set. Therefore, the postdoctoral researchers’ projects will ideally complement the already ongoing research as regards specific age groups and/or languages (currently, the project comprises one ongoing doctoral dissertation on young adults / Russian).

The earliest starting date for the first position is 1 November 2019, for the second position 1 March 2020, but both positions will remain open until filled. Candidates should state their preferred starting date in their cover letter. Top candidates will be interviewed (face-to-face or remote). The duration of each contract is 2 years, a trial period of 6 months is applied in each position.

Duties, eligibility and evaluation criteria
The successful candidates will conduct research related to the project topic. The selected candidates are expected to collect and analyse video data and other types of empirical data in specific languages, age groups and / or settings, so as to contribute both to their individual research focus and to the comparative approach of the project. Focusing on German, French, Russian, Czech or English / English as a Lingua Franca will be an asset. The candidates are expected to carry out research, to publish and to contribute to the project dissemination strategy both independently and in cooperation with the other team members. Funding for project-related mobility, training and fieldwork is available. The position may involve some teaching and supervision duties (max. 5% of the total working time).

Both early and experienced postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have completed their doctoral dissertation (PhD) in a relevant field (e.g. linguistics, languages, communication, sociology, education) by the time of appointment. Expertise in conversation analysis, interactional linguistics and/or multimodal analysis is required (e.g. in form of a doctoral dissertation, publications, and/or previous work experience). Familiarity with collecting and editing video data as well as experience in research on elderly adults, younger adults or children will be considered an asset. Experience in working in international environments is considered a merit. Excellent command of written and spoken English is required; a good command of German, French, Russian or Czech is considered a merit.

Salary
The salary will be based on the level 5 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities (currently 2935€/month). In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). In practice, the gross salary for an early postdoctoral researcher is about 3493€/month, corresponding to a performance component of 19%. For an experienced postdoctoral researcher the performance percentage will be raised according to her/his career stage and experience. In order to get an estimate of your net salary, please use the tax percentage calculator provided by the Finnish Tax Administration: https://www.vero.fi/en/individuals/tax-cards-and-tax-returns/tax_card/tax-percentage-calculator/ .

The employed person will be insured by the university and provided occupational healthcare. Please note that the University of Oulu does not pay possibly arising costs for moving to/from Finland, for commuting, or for registration/residence permits ( https://migri.fi/en/home ) for its employees.

Application and enclosures
Applications must be submitted using the electronic application system of the University of Oulu by Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 23:59 (Finnish local time).

Applications sent by email and incomplete applications will not be considered. Please include the following attachments in your application (PDF files):
1.       Cover / motivation letter describing the applicant’s experience and suitability for the position, an outline of her/his research plans with respect to the “Smart Communication” project as well as her/his career plans (maximum three (3) pages).
2.       Curriculum vitae formatted according to the template of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity ( http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae ).
3.       Full list of publications formatted according to the template of the Academy of Finland ( https://www.aka.fi/en/funding/apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines/list-of-publications/ ). Please clearly mark 2-5 publications that are most relevant to the position and provide links to abstracts or full texts whenever possible.
4.       A copy of the applicant’s doctoral diploma, or, if not available at the time of application, a statement from the applicant and her/his supervisor(s) regarding the expected completion date.
5.       Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.  

Further details are available from Dr. Florence Oloff (PI Smart Communication project) Assistant Professor in Multimodal Interaction and Discourse Faculty of Humanities, Research Unit of Languages and Literature University of Oulu / P.O. Box 1000 / FI-90014 Oulun yliopisto Email: florence.oloff[at]oulu.fi

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Post expires on Wednesday September 25th, 2019

Postdoctoral Researcher in Breast cancer genetics

The University of Oulu is one of the largest universities in Finland. With about 15 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees it is a vibrant international scientific community. By combining multidisciplinary research and education, high-level infrastructure and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes, companies and the public sector it has created a significant research and innovation hub of “Science with an Arctic Attitude”. More information https://www.oulu.fi/university/.

The Postdoctoral Researcher position is located at Biocenter Oulu https://www.oulu.fi/biocenter/  and the Cancer and Translational Medicine Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine in the University of Oulu (https://www.oulu.fi/medicine/ ).

The Faculty of Medicine, an integral part of the Kontinkangas Life Sciences Campus, is situated next to the University Hospital of Oulu. The campus is a unique combination of partners in research, education, health services and business.

Subject field and the description of the position
A postdoctoral researcher position is available in the Breast cancer genetics and functional modelling teamlead by Adjunct Professor Katri Pylkäs and Professor Robert Winqvist at Biocenter Oulu and the Cancer and Translational Medicine Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine. The team aims to elucidate previously unknown genetic risk factors for breast cancer, and to resolve the molecular mechanisms leading to breast cancer predisposition and subsequent malignant conversion. Large patient cohorts collected form the genetically isolated Northern Finnish population are used for genetic analysis with the latest sequencing technologies. For functional modelling, various genomics and transcriptomics approaches are used combined with gene editing, biochemical assays and cell culture based disease modelling.

Requirements
The successful applicant must hold a PhD in a relevant field, preferably related to bioinformatics, genetics, genetic epidemiology or molecular biology. Candidates with solid knowledge in genetics and demonstrated working experience either with high-throughput sequencing data analysis or cell culture based functional modeling will be considered. Experience in writing scientific publications and potential in acquiring supplementary funding will be taken as merits.

The details of the research project will be mutually agreed upon, based on the qualifications, interests, and expertise of the candidate.

When assessing the applicant’s qualifications, issues to be considered will include scientific publications, supervision experience, activity in the scientific community and familiarity with the research field.  As part of the researchteam, the duties may also include supervising scientific research of BSc, MSc, and PhD students. Participation in acquiring research funding is expected.

The duration of the position for 4 years, beginning on 1st of January 2020. A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of a contract.

Salary
The salary is in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel) level 5 (postdoctoral researcher). In addition, there is a share increase at most, 50% of the base salary, which is based on personal achievements and performance. Typical salary for a starting postdoctoral fellow is 3300 €.

Application Procedure
The following documents must be attached to the application:
1) Motivation letter (1 – 2 pages)
2) CV with the names and contact details of 2 – 3 referees
3) Full publication list
4) Copies of relevant official degree

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application form by 16.9.2019. Applications sent by email will not be considered.Interview

The top candidates for the post may be interviewed and asked to present their scientific work and experience.

For further information regarding the filling of this post:

Adjunct Professor Katri Pylkäs, Project Leader, Academy research fellow, e-mail: katri.pylkas(at)oulu.fi

Professor Robert Winqvist, Project Leader, e-mail: robert.winqvist(at)oulu.fi

Tiina Hurskainen, HR Manager, e-mail: tiina.hurskainen(at)oulu.fi

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Post expires on Monday September 16th, 2019

Two doctoral student positions in Breast cancer genetics and functional modelling team

The University of Oulu (http://www.oulu.fi/english/) is one of the largest universities in Finland, with approximately 15 000 students and 3 000 employees. The University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) (http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/) provides the framework and conditions for high-quality, research-driven doctoral education at the University of Oulu, and field-specific doctoral training is provided by its multidisciplinary doctoral programmes. Biocenter Oulu (BCO) (http://www.oulu.fi/biocenter/) offers a high-level international multidisciplinary environment supplied with cutting-edge infrastructures.  Under this framework, the Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme (HBS-DP) (http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/dp/hbsdp) offers doctoral training in clinical medicine, biomedicine, biochemistry, molecular medicine, dentistry, health sciences, medical technology.

Applications are invited for two full-time doctoral student positions for a maximum of four years, starting at the earliest on 01.01.2020 in a Biocenter Oulu research project headed by Adjunct Professor Katri Pylkäs and Professor Robert Winqvist in the Cancer and Translational Medicine Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine.

The project aims to identify novel genetic defects predisposing to breast cancer and to resolve the molecular mechanisms behind this. Large patient cohorts collected form the genetically isolated Northern Finnish population are used for genetic analysis with the latest sequencing technologies. For functional modelling various genomics and transcriptomics approaches are used combined with gene editing, biochemical assays and cell culture based disease modelling (https://www.oulu.fi/biocenter/groups/winqvist).

Two positions are filled and are supervised by Adjunct Prof. Katri Pylkäs and Prof. Robert Winqvist. The methodologies used in the research project include high-throughput sequencing technologies, bioinformatics, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, cell culture and molecular biology assays. Prior knowledge of at least one of these methodologies is considered as an advantage.

Requirements
To successfully occupy the position of a doctoral student, the candidate must possess a Master’s degree or an equivalent degree (e.g. licentiate) preferably in genetics, genetic epidemiology, bioinformatics, biochemistry or molecular biology. The degree must have been completed with good grades by the application deadline 16.9.2019. Ability to pursue independent research and excellent writing and fluency in English is expected. The doctoral student position is intended for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) who, according to the ”European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”, is defined as a researcher in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research activity, including the period of research training. Applicants will be either starting their doctoral training, or will have completed no more than two full years of training (adjusted for possible previous part-time status) at the time the position is filled. The selected candidate will carry out his/her doctoral studies in the Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme of the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) and must meet the minimal requirements to receive doctoral study rights as defined in http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission.

Salary
The salary of selected doctoral students will be initially set on level 2, and later on levels 2 – 4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a supplementary remuneration is given for personal achievement and performance (max. 50 %). In practice, the salary is roughly 2200 – 2700 € per month for an early stage researcher, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and progress of the doctoral thesis.

Since this call is for starting doctoral researchers, the positions are filled for a four-year period, beginning on 1st of January 2020. A six-month trial period is applied in the positions.

Application
Applications must be submitted using the electronic application form by 16.9.2019, 24:00 (Finnish local time), with the following attachments as three separate pdf files:

Complete CV
contact information of at least two referees (max. size limit of the attachment: 5 Mbytes).

Motivation letter
(maximum 1 page) describing prior knowledge, research interests and career plans (1-2 pages; max. size limit of the attachment: 2 Mbytes).

Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees. If the original documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, each document must be accompanied by an official certified translation into English or Finnish (max. size limit of the attachment: 2 Mbytes).

Other relevant information
The eligible applicants fitting best in the research profile expected for the position may be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.

Contact
Adjunct Professor Katri Pylkäs, e-mail: katri.pylkas (at) oulu.fi Professor Robert Winqvist, e-mail: robert.winqvist (at) oulu.fi

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Post expires on Monday September 16th, 2019