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Postdoctoral researcher fixed-term position in Department of Biology

The University of Turku is a world-class multidisciplinary research university which offers interesting challenges and a unique vantage point to national and international research and education. Postdoctoral researcher position on senescence patterns and ageing markers in Asian elephants.  A postdoctoral researcher position focusing on senescence patterns and ageing markers in Asian elephants will be available under the supervision of Dr Sophie Reichert, and in close collaboration with the large and multidisciplinary Myanmar Timber Elephant Project of Prof. Virpi Lummaa at the Department of Biology, University of Turku, Finland. The position is part of Dr Reichert’s Academy of Finland funded project to study the patterns of senescence and reproductive senescence and identify their underlying hormonal and ageing markers correlates, using a large longitudinal dataset on life-histories of a semi-captive population of Asian elephants in Myanmar. The Myanmar Timber Elephant Project group is highly cosmopolite and focuses on diverse domains of biology (evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, ecophysiology, genomics).
More information about the group’s project can be found at: http://elephant-project.science/. The project aims to examine different mechanisms of ageing, such as telomere dynamics and oxidative stress, combined with the study of fitness consequences of senescence to understand ageing mechanisms and how they interact with variation in lifelong health, reproductive history and endocrinological measures of stress and reproductive status in long-lived mammals. The postdoctoral researcher will take advantage of exceptional lifelong demographic and health data recorded for the Myanmar timber elephants combined with data on a range of correlates of ageing, condition, stress levels and reproductive status to conduct a comprehensive study on the links between reproductive investment and proximate correlates of reproductive and survival senescence. The post-doctoral researcher will investigate changes in annual health status of individual elephants, and how these link to physiological measures of health, ageing markers, reproductive success across life and longevity. Asian elephants are endangered and both wild and captive populations are predicted to vanish from Myanmar unless the vital rates improve. Understanding health correlates of reproductive and mortality rates thus aids developing management and conservational policies. The position allows for supervising Bachelor and Master students as well as for applying for own funding, and is thus a good opportunity for acquiring necessary experience for applying for faculty positions afterwards. Applicants should have a PhD in fields such as evolutionary biology, ecology or ecophysiology. Strong statistical skills, including extensive knowledge in managing and analysing longitudinal datasets, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, evidenced by a good publication record in leading journals in the field, are a must. Some lab experience (telomere and oxidative stress analyses and/or hormonal analyses) would be a plus. The position is for 22 months and should start at the latest the 1st of November 2019. The successful candidate will have the possibility to apply to further Finnish / European funding to pursue the project past the present contract. There will be a trial period of 6 months. The salary will be determined in accordance with the Finnish university salary system for teaching and research personnel, and consists of two components: a work-specific salary component reflecting how demanding the position is, and a performance component reflecting an evaluation of the position-holder’s personal achievement. The salary for post-doctoral researchers is in accordance with the University salary system for teaching and research personnel levels 4–6 where the work-specific salary component is between 2535,20 – 3423,25 euros per month. The component based on personal performance adds a minimum of 6 % and a maximum of 50 % to the base salary. Applications should be accompanied by a max 2 page motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a copy of diploma of the degrees, addresses of 3 potential academic referees and other documents that may affect to the selection need to be attached to the application. Application deadline is on Friday 13.9.2019 (23:59). The applications must be submitted via the electronic application form of the University of Turku. A link to the application form is available above the announcement of this position at https://www.utu.fi/en/university/come-work-with-us/open-vacancies. Please contact Dr Sophie Reichert for further information, reichert.sophie@gmail.com.

The University of Turku is a world-class multidisciplinary research university which offers interesting challenges and a unique vantage point to national and international research and education. Postdoctoral researcher position on senescence patterns and ageing markers in Asian elephants.  A postdoctoral researcher position focusing on senescence patterns and ageing markers in Asian elephants will be available under the supervision of Dr Sophie Reichert, and in close collaboration with the large and multidisciplinary Myanmar Timber Elephant Project of Prof. Virpi Lummaa at the Department of Biology, University of Turku, Finland. The position is part of Dr Reichert’s Academy of Finland funded project to study the patterns of senescence and reproductive senescence and identify their underlying hormonal and ageing markers correlates, using a large longitudinal dataset on life-histories of a semi-captive population of Asian elephants in Myanmar. The Myanmar Timber Elephant Project group is highly cosmopolite and focuses on diverse domains of biology (evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, ecophysiology, genomics).

More information about the group’s project can be found at: http://elephant-project.science/.

The project aims to examine different mechanisms of ageing, such as telomere dynamics and oxidative stress, combined with the study of fitness consequences of senescence to understand ageing mechanisms and how they interact with variation in lifelong health, reproductive history and endocrinological measures of stress and reproductive status in long-lived mammals. The postdoctoral researcher will take advantage of exceptional lifelong demographic and health data recorded for the Myanmar timber elephants combined with data on a range of correlates of ageing, condition, stress levels and reproductive status to conduct a comprehensive study on the links between reproductive investment and proximate correlates of reproductive and survival senescence.

The post-doctoral researcher will investigate changes in annual health status of individual elephants, and how these link to physiological measures of health, ageing markers, reproductive success across life and longevity. Asian elephants are endangered and both wild and captive populations are predicted to vanish from Myanmar unless the vital rates improve. Understanding health correlates of reproductive and mortality rates thus aids developing management and conservational policies.

The position allows for supervising Bachelor and Master students as well as for applying for own funding, and is thus a good opportunity for acquiring necessary experience for applying for faculty positions afterwards.

Applicants should have a PhD in fields such as evolutionary biology, ecology or ecophysiology. Strong statistical skills, including extensive knowledge in managing and analysing longitudinal datasets, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, evidenced by a good publication record in leading journals in the field, are a must. Some lab experience (telomere and oxidative stress analyses and/or hormonal analyses) would be a plus.

The position is for 22 months and should start at the latest the 1st of November 2019. The successful candidate will have the possibility to apply to further Finnish / European funding to pursue the project past the present contract.

There will be a trial period of 6 months.

The salary will be determined in accordance with the Finnish university salary system for teaching and research personnel, and consists of two components: a work-specific salary component reflecting how demanding the position is, and a performance component reflecting an evaluation of the position-holder’s personal achievement.

The salary for post-doctoral researchers is in accordance with the University salary system for teaching and research personnel levels 4–6 where the work-specific salary component is between 2535,20 – 3423,25 euros per month. The component based on personal performance adds a minimum of 6 % and a maximum of 50 % to the base salary.

Applications should be accompanied by a max 2 page motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a copy of diploma of the degrees, addresses of 3 potential academic referees and other documents that may affect to the selection need to be attached to the application.

Application deadline is on Friday 13.9.2019 (23:59).

The applications must be submitted via the electronic application form of the University of Turku. A link to the application form is available above the announcement of this position at https://www.utu.fi/en/university/come-work-with-us/open-vacancies.

Please contact Dr Sophie Reichert for further information, reichert.sophie@gmail.com.

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Post expires on Friday September 13th, 2019

Doctoral Candidate or post-doctoral researcher in microbial genetics

The University of Turku is a world-class multidisciplinary research university which offers interesting challenges and a unique vantage point to national and international research and education.

Doctoral Candidate or post-doctoral researher position in microbial genetics

The position is located in the Department of Biology. The post-doc or graduate student will work on an Academy of Finland-funded project “Bacterial social networks and how they spread antibiotic resistance”. The position is fixed term from September 1st 2019 until August 31st 2023.

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are causing an increasing, global threat which affects food production and human health. Our current tools permit monitoring the emergence of antibiotic resistance but permit no prediction of how the spreading will continue. This project will use tools from modern single cell genomics to quantify the factors which shape resistance gene spreading and emergence in bacterial communities. These quantitative observations permit modelling the spreading of resistance genes, essentially revealing to us the social networks which bacterial cells use to traffic the resistance genes. The benefits of this proposal are two-fold: first, the unprecedented information of bacterial genomics and social lives is of fundamental scientific interest. Second, the models transform our understanding of resistance gene mobility from descriptive to predictive and therefore pave way to accurate risk estimates and more responsible and informed use of current and future antibiotics.

The post-doctoral reseracher and doctoral student applying to the project are expected to have a relevant PhD or MSc degree and to have experience in molecular biology, in particular in PCR and preparation of NGS libraries. Experience in computational biology is considered a benefit. The applicants are expected to plan and conduct experiments independently and to have excellent spoken and written English language skills.

The eligibility criteria are defined in the rules of procedure of the University of Turku.

There will be a trial period of 6 months.

The salary will be determined in accordance with the Finnish university salary system for teaching and research personnel, and consists of two components: a work-specific salary component reflecting how demanding the position is, and a performance component reflecting an evaluation of the position-holder’s personal achievement.

The salary for doctoral candidate is in accordance with the University salary system for teaching and research personnel levels 2–4 where the work-specific salary component is between 2033,29 – 2535,20 euros per month. The salary for post-doctoral researchers is in accordance with the University salary system for teaching and research personnel levels 4–6 where the work-specific salary component is between 2535,20 – 3423,25 euros per month. The component based on personal performance adds a minimum of 6 % and a maximum of 50 % to the base salary.

Applications should be accompanied by a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, Academic portfolio ( https://www.utu.fi/en/university/come-work-with-us/academic-portfolio), a copy of diploma of the degrees, addresses of 2-3 potential academic referees and other documents that may affect to the selection need to be attached to the application. Application deadline is on Monday 26.8.2019 (23:59). The applications must be submitted via the electronic application form of the University of Turku. A link to the application form is available above the announcement of this position at https://www.utu.fi/en/university/come-work-with-us/open-vacancies.

For further information about the position, please contact senior lecturer Manu Tamminen, manu.tamminen@utu.fi.

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Post expires on Monday August 26th, 2019

Post-doctoral Researcher in the School of Languages and Translation Studies

The University of Turku is a world-class multidisciplinary research university which offers interesting challenges and a unique vantage point to national and international research and education.

School of Languages and Translation Studies is an active, diverse and international centre for teaching and research on language studies. The areas of strength of the School of Languages and Translation Studies are the following: cognitive linguistics, digital linguistics, research on interaction and variation, postcolonial literary studies, book history, study of Finnish and other Finno-Ugric languages, translation studies, changes in language and writing at cultural turning points, language learning and teaching, research on grammar and vocabulary, philology and history of learning.

Applications are hereby invited for the position of post-doctoral researcher in the School of Languages and Translation Studies in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Turku. This position will be filled through a fixed-term employment for two years.

The employment period of the appointed post-doctoral researcher is 1.10.2019–30.9.2021.

This position is situated within one of the following thematic frameworks:
a) Digital interaction
b) Children, young people and learning
c) Cultural memory and social change.

General Information

This Post-doctoral researcher position both supports and strengthens the research that is conducted on the university and school’s areas of focus. This post falls under the authority of the school, and it primarily provides for the needs of its disciplines. The suitability of an applicant’s research to the school’s research profile is significant in the selection process.

The person selected for this post should have a strong history of research contribution, be active within international publications, write joint publications, organize science-related events, and participate in applications for outside research funding. To a lesser degree, the post-doctoral researcher will be required to teach within the field of their special expertise, as well as supervise theses on various academic levels. This post requires an active presence at the school.

Persons applying for this post should be researchers in language and/or translation studies, who have already demonstrated their research ability. An eligible applicant must be a researcher with no more than five years of experience since his or her PhD completion. An applicant who has completed his or her doctoral degree more than five years ago will be considered only for special reasons (maternity, paternity, parental or childcare leave, military service or non-military service, or long-term illness). If you plead one of these special exceptions, please justify your reasons within your application documents. If your reasons are strictly confidential, please contact the Head of the School of Languages and Translation Studies.

The individual selected for this position must possess an applicable doctoral degree, the ability to complete independent research, and teaching skills. In order to succeed in this position, good command of the English language and good social interaction skills are also important. Good command of Finnish is also an asset. The best applicants may be invited to participate in an interview.

The qualification requirements are prescribed in the regulations of Turku University. This position is subject to a six-month trial period.

Salary

This post-doctoral researcher position is a second-level post, according to the university’s salary structure. The task-specific salary component for teaching and research staff, which includes this post-doctoral researcher position, is 2,935.55 euros per month (according to the fifth level of the job demands chart). In addition, a personal work performance component of a minimum of 6% and maximum of 50% of the task-specific salary component will also be paid to this post-doctoral researcher.

Application

1)      Curriculum vitae

2)      Academic portfolio in accordance with university practice

3)      List of publications

4)      Research plan (up to 5 pages)

5)      Other documents that may be relevant to the fulfillment of this position

The necessary application documents must be written in either Finnish or English. In addition, the applicant must give information about how to reach himself or herself during the recruitment process.

All applications must be submitted via the electronic eRekry system by Thursday August 22, 2019. The link to this electronic application system is located at the beginning of this application description (“Apply for the job”) and at www.utu.fi/careers.

Further Information

Enquiries: Head of School, Professor Marjut Johansson, phone number: +358 29 450 3318 or +358 50 328 9207, email: marjut.johansson@utu.fi

For further information on the procedure, contact HR Specialist Maija Österlund, email: maija.osterlund@utu.fi.

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Post expires on Thursday August 22nd, 2019