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Doctoral Student, Design Research in Digital Fabrication


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/).

Position description

A four-year doctoral student position is available at the confluence of design research and digital fabrication in the Design Research in Digital Fabrication research group of Associate Professor Georgi V. Georgiev at the Center for Ubiquitous Computing, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to collaborative research efforts to explore the foundations of human ideation and creative performance through the use of digital fabrication techniques and technology. Targeted applications of interest include design creativity, digital prototyping, personal fabrication, design computing and cognition, artificial intelligence for creativity, conceptual design, interaction design, and human and social aspects of digital fabrication. The doctoral student is also expected to contribute to the teaching of BSc. and MSc. level courses on design research and digital fabrication.

The doctoral student will have access to the state-of-the-art Fab Lab Oulu (https://www.oulu.fi/fablab/) and a professional workshop with tools and expertise for building more complex devices. The doctoral student has a personal travel budget to attend at least one international conference every year. The doctoral student will join an international and multidisciplinary research community of researchers from multiple faculties and disciplines that collaborates on creating new digital solutions in sensing and interactions.

The earliest possible starting date is May 1, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. A six-month trial period will be effective at the beginning of the 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
The successful applicant must hold a MSc. degree in computer science, HCI, design research or a related field that will be completed by June 30, 2019. The successful applicant should have basic programming skills. In addition to expertise and skills in design research and digital fabrication, knowledge on following areas will considered favourably: electronics, embedded systems, maker learning and pedagogics, prototyping, NLP. Fluency in written and spoken English is required, as well as excellent communication and teamwork skills.  

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 (6-50% 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 as PDF files (to be submitted in English): Motivation letter describing prior background, research interests and career plans (maximum 2 pages). Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages). A complete list of publications where the three (3) publications most relevant to the position are clearly marked. Scanned copies of degree certificates. 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 April 15, 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:
Associate Professor Georgi V. Georgiev
Center for Ubiquitous Computing,
University of Oulu,
georgi.georgiev(at)oulu.fi

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Post expires on Monday April 15th, 2019

PhD student position in Proteomics and Cell Engineering for Improved Cell Factories


 The SECRETERS Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network aims to develop “A new generation of microbial expression hosts and tools for the production of biotherapeutics and high-value enzymes”. The project will involve extensive collaborations between 6 academic and 5 industrial participants, who are based in 6 European countries.  

The SECRETERS partnership aims to bring about a step change in the production of recombinant proteins, particularly Biotherapeutics and Industrial Enzymes. Both are critical products for the EU biotechnology sector, with combined markets in excess of $140 billion p.a.; the former are essential for the treatment of major diseases whereas the latter permeate every aspect of our daily life. Many proteins in these categories pose severe problems in production, especially disulfide-bonded proteins and new format ‘difficult-to-express’ proteins.

SECRETERS will train a team of 15 early stage researchers (ESRs) to develop a new generation of super-producing microbial production hosts, including Escherichia coli, Bacillus species and the yeast Pichia pastoris. The project capitalizes on a series of recent innovations and involves close collaboration between 6 academic Beneficiaries, who provide world-leading expertise in redox chemistry, synthetic biology and protein expression, and 5 non-academic Beneficiaries, who include some of the world’s premier biotherapeutic and industrial enzyme companies. It will enable the biotherapeutics industry to produce challenging medicines at lower costs, resulting in new drugs and wider patient access, and allow the enzymes industry to deliver a range of powerful new products. Based on a responsible innovation approach, with clear foci on research and entrepreneurial training, SECRETERS will deliver a team of superbly-trained scientists, poised to engage in some of Europe’s most important biotechnology sectors.

We offer:
An open PhD student position is available in the field of synthetic biology for improved cell factories in the research group of Prof Lloyd Ruddock (http://www.oulu.fi/biocenter/groups/ruddock). The appointed PhD student will work within the SECRETERS ITN on cell engineering of redox and stress responsive systems in E.coli. The University of Oulu in Northern Finland, is an international, multidisciplinary research university with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent. The strengths of the University include broad, multidisciplinary research interests, a modern research and study environment, and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes (http://www.oulu.fi/university/). The position is located at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine (FBMM) (http://www.oulu.fi/fbmm/), whose mission is to perform internationally significant research and to deliver high-level undergraduate and postgraduate education in the fields of biochemistry and molecular medicine. The Faculty’s research focus areas are cell-extracellular matrix, protein science and cellular regulatory and metabolic networks and related diseases. Research at the Faculty is carried out in 14 research groups. The Faculty has ~200 employees, and approximately half of them are from abroad. Together with Biocenter Oulu (http://www.oulu.fi/biocenter/), the Faculty has put a great effort towards building a cutting-edge research infrastructure that includes state-of-the-art instrumentation. The Faculty has extensive collaborative national and international networks.

Description of the project:
The project is aimed at cell engineering of redox and stress responsive systems in E.coli. The physiology of bacterial CyDisCo strains which allow disulfide bond formation in the cytoplasm will be characterized to inform development of 2nd-generation strains that are even more competent as production chassis. Physiological changes will be characterized for individual proteins and at a global scale. Important redox stress-responsive systems will be engineered. Quantitative data will be generated for modelling by other ESRs in the consortium.

The ESR will participate in an extensive training programme, including secondments to industrial partners in the consortium.

The position is a fixed MCA actions ESR fellowship. This position is for 36 months. The salary will be around 3000 euro/month, depending experience. According to the ITN rules a mobility allowance and, if eligible, family allowance are included. The starting date is Sept 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of a contract.

Required Qualifications and assessment:
Excellent applicants with degrees and/or expertise in biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology or systems biology are invited. The successful applicant must hold a MSc degree in one of these fields. Candidates who have completed required courses and whose MSc thesis will be submitted by May 1st 2019 will also be eligible. The applicant must fulfill the criteria for admission to UniOGS: http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission. Fluent oral and written English skills as well as good communication and teamwork skills are required. At the date of recruitment, applicants must be in the first four years of their career and not have a doctoral degree. They can be a national of any country, but must not have resided or carried out main activity (studies, work etc) in Finland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date.

Application Procedure
The following documents must be attached to the application (in English): 1) Curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of at least 2 referees 2) Brief description of research merits, experience and motivation 3) Copies of the MSc certificate and transcript

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application system by 30.3.2019 (link via https://www.oulu.fi/university/jobs).

Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Selected candidates will initially be invited for an interview by Skype. Short-listed candidates will then be invited for a recruitment symposium in May 2019 in Groningen, the Netherlands, for which travel costs and accommodation will be reimbursed. For further information regarding the filling of this post: Prof Lloyd Ruddock, group leader, email: lloyd.ruddock(at)oulu.fi Tiina Hurskainen, HR manager, email: tiina.hurskainen(at)oulu.fi

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Post expires on Saturday March 30th, 2019

PhD Student poistion in Structural Biology


The University of Oulu is one of the largest universities in Finland. With about 14 000 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 Arctic Attitude”. More information http://www.oulu.fi/university/.

An open PhD student position is available in the field of structural biology of extracellular matrix proteins in the research group of Prof Lloyd Ruddock (http://www.oulu.fi/biocenter/groups/ruddock). Focus of the project is structural and functional studies of basement membrane proteins. The project includes structural biology and protein-protein interaction studies.

The position is located at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine (FBMM) (http://www.oulu.fi/fbmm/), whose mission is to perform internationally significant research and to deliver high-level undergraduate and postgraduate education in the fields of biochemistry and molecular medicine.

The Faculty’s research focus areas are cell-extracellular matrix, protein science and cellular regulatory and metabolic networks and related diseases. Research at the Faculty is carried out in 14 research groups. The Faculty has ~200 employees, and approximately half of them are from abroad. The research group has well-established international collaborative networks and frequent access to synchrotron radiation.

Subject field and description of the position
Basement membranes (BM) are complex networks, comprising many essential and often large multi-domain proteins. BM are involved in embryo development, tissue homeostasis and in a wide range of disease states including tumour angiogenesis, fibrosis, nervous system injury etc. BM proteins are poorly studied at the structural level. This lack of structural data inhibits not only our understanding of the normal physiology of BM, but also our understanding of the pathology of a wide range of disease states and our ability monitor disease progression and to make rationale interventions to halt or reverse symptoms of the disease, including cell-based therapy. The research focus for the position will be structural and functional studies of BM proteins. The details of the research project will be mutually agreed upon, based on the qualifications, interests, and expertise of the candidate. The position is funded by the Academy of Finland.

The duration of the PhD studies is 4 years and the funded position ends on August 31, 2022.

After this, funding will be jointly applied to extend the contract.

The starting date is May 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. Required Qualifications and assessment

The successful applicant must hold an MSc degree in Biochemistry, or a related field. Candidates who have completed required courses and whose MSc thesis will be submitted by May 1st 2019 will also be eligible (thesis submission must be confirmed by the faculty/department). The thesis must be graded before the work contract can start. The applicant must fulfill the criteria for admission to UniOGS: http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission. Fluent oral and written English skills as well as good communication and teamwork skills are required. As part of the FBMM, duties may also include supervising scientific research of BSc, and MSc students. Participation in teaching within the faculty curriculum is expected.

A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of the contract.

Salary
The salary is in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel) levels 2-4. In addition, there is a share increase at most, 50% of the base salary, which is based on personal achievements and performance. The salary is in practice roughly 2,300 – 3,300 € / month, depending on qualifications, performance, and progress of the PhD studies.

Application Procedure
The following documents must be attached to the application (in English): 1) Curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of at least 2 referees 2) Brief description of research merits, experience and motivation 3) Copies of the MSc certificate and transcript

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application system by 11.3.2019.

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: Prof Lloyd Ruddock, group leader, email: lloyd.ruddock(at)oulu.fi Tiina Hurskainen, HR manager, email: tiina.hurskainen(at)oulu.fi

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Post expires on Monday March 11th, 2019