Doctoral Researcher in the Systems Immunometabolism Lab – University of Helsinki



About the job

The Research Program Unit at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki invites applications for

a fixed-term, full-time Doctoral Researcher position.

The position is available from October 2023, with flexibility on the starting date, and extends until August 2027.

The Chen’s research group at University of Helsinki is seeking a motivated doctoral researcher to contribute to a core project funded by the Academy of Finland. The project aims to investigate the role of RNA splicing and tissue environment in shaping human macrophage diverse phenotypes during obesity. In this study, we will use cutting-edge single-cell and spatial omics technologies, develop novel computational methods, perform multimodal data analysis and integration, and experimental validation to uncover key factors steering the progression of obesity-associated metabolic disorders. The selected candidate will play a pivotal role in computational data analysis and method development. Individuals with a strong interest and background in computational biology/bioinformatics are strongly encouraged to consider this opportunity.

As the global concern over obesity escalates due to its significant contribution to various diseases, your work will enhance our understanding of novel cellular and molecular mechanisms driving the emergence of obesity-associated metabolic disorders. Join us in this pivotal endeavour to advance our understanding and address the pressing health challenges posed by obesity.


Eligibility requires a master’s degree in computational biology/bioinformatics or a relevant field. Proficiency in programming and a fervent curiosity to employ data science in deciphering biological mechanisms of human diseases are imperative. Candidates should exhibit adeptness in both independent work and collaborative team settings across diverse disciplines. Motivation, excellent time management, and effective communication skills in spoken and written English stand as essential attributes. Additionally, familiarity with immunology, metabolism, and RNA biology will be advantageous.

The starting salary will be set on level 2 of the national salary scale for teaching and research personnel at Finnish universities. In addition, salary component based on personal performance will be paid. The starting salary will be in the range of 2300-2600 euros/month (pre-tax). A six-month trial period will be applied.

Finland stands out as one of the world’s most liveable nations, boasting exceptional quality of life, safety, and renowned education system. The selected candidate will receive University of Helsinki staff benefits, including occupational health care services. Additionally, access to high-quality public childcare services, schools, and substantial family benefits is provided. The selected candidate will be based in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki.

How To Apply

Application should include the following documents as a single pdf file in English:

  • A motivation letter detailing your prior knowledge, research interests, career goals, and compelling rationale for your suitability for this role.
  • A Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications and contact details of 2 referees.
  • Certificates/Diplomas: Please provide scanned copies of diplomas and transcripts of your previous degrees. In instances where the original documents are not in English, Finnish, or Swedish, please provide an official certified translation into either English or Finnish.

To apply, the applications should be submitted through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link ”Apply now” below. Applicants who are currently employed by the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP Fiori portal at https://msap.sap.helsinki.fi. The closing date for applications is 16 October 2023 (at 23.59 EEST). Applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background or from members of minority groups are welcomed. You can read more about working at the university on our website .

For further information on the position, please contact Dr. Ping Chen (ping.chen (at)helsinki.fi).

For information on the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Marja Meresto (hr-ltdk(at) helsinki.fi).

The Faculty of Medicine promotes high quality scientific research. It provides research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, dentistry, psychology and logopedics, and an international Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine. It also offers psychotherapist education. In addition to its teaching and research activities, the faculty serves as a significant expert organisation in the healthcare sector and contributes to the discourse on ethics in the field. The faculty aims to be one of the best medical research faculties in the world, while reinforcing its status as a distinguished institution of multidisciplinary education in healthcare.

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki constitutes the academic medical centre together with HUS Helsinki University Hospital and the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE). This medical centre has been successful in international comparisons, ranking among the top 10 medical campuses in Europe and the top 50 globally.

Research Programs Unit (RPU) of the Faculty of Medicine consolidates demonstrated research excellence, with focused research programs addressing the greatest challenges in human health.