Doctoral Student in Development of Biosensors for Glioma Treatment – University of Oulu



Doctoral Student in Development of Biosensors for Glioma Treatment

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 .

The position is located in the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine of the University of Oulu (

Subject Field And The Description Of The Position

Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is the most malignant primary brain tumor with a median survival time of little bit more than one year. High complexity of GBM requires development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches combining molecular oncology, cell biology, nanobiology, and bioingeneering. The project aims to develop such approaches by generating implantable 3D cell organoids. Various in vivo and in vitro assays, OMICS studies, molecular cloning and analysis of secreted extracellular vesicles will be applied in the current project. The details of the research project will be mutually agreed upon, based on the qualifications, interests, and expertise of the candidate. Candidates with expertise on neurobiology and solid knowledge and working experience with cell biology and/or molecular biology will be preferred.

The duration of the position is initially for 2 years with the possibility to be extended for 2 more years. The starting date is July 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Required Qualifications And Assessment

The successful applicant must hold a recent MSc degree in life sciences. Candidates whose master thesis will be submitted by the application deadline will also be eligible. Fluent oral and written English skills as well as good communication and teamwork skills are required. Demonstrated experience in writing scientific publications, potential in acquiring supplementary funding and teaching experience will be taken as merits.

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


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.

Application Procedure

The following documents must be attached to the application (in English)

  • Motivation letter (1 – 2 pages)
  • CV with the names and contact details of 2 – 3 referees
  • Full publication list
  • Copies of relevant official degree

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application form by May 15 st , 2019. Applications sent by email will not be considered.


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

Dr Seppo Vainio, Professor, e-mail: seppo.vainio(at)oulu.fi

Dr Anatoliy Samoylenko, Adj. Professor, e-mail: anatoliy.samoylenko(at)oulu.fi

Tiina Hurskainen, HR Manager, email: tiina.hurskainen(at)oulu.fi