The University of Helsinki is a research-oriented university, which offers stimulating and international working environment. The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Helsinki, together with Helsinki University Central Hospital, The Helsinki Institute of Life Science, and the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland forms the Academic Medical Center Helsinki. This medical campus ranks among the 10 best medical centers at European level.

The tentative starting date for the position is 1st of January 2021.

Dr. Harri Itkonen is setting up a new research group at the Department of Biochemistry and Developmental Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, and is looking for a highly motivated doctoral student to join his team.

The group of Harri Itkonen is looking for outstanding candidates for a PhD Student trainee position to study how metabolism is integrated to regulate global gene expression. We utilize a wide range of techniques including cell biology, organoid technology, live-cell imaging, mass spectrometry, ChIP- and RNA-seq among others to study processes that cancer cells are addicted to (see eg. Itkonen and al. Mol Cancer Res 2020; Itkonen and al. Theranostics 2019; Martin and al. J Am Chem Soc. 2018). The aim of the current project is to understand how the crosstalk between RNA polymerase II modifying enzymes regulates global gene expression.

We are looking a creative thinker with strong analytical skills and high motivation to develop novel therapies to treat cancer. Our group is well connected internationally, and the hired PhD Student will have a chance to present her / his findings in international conferences, and the training includes a tentative half a year research visit to University of Oxford.

The PhD Student candidate must hold, or soon receive, an MSc degree, and have background in molecular biology and / or bioinformatics. The ability to independent thinking and interest in computational biology will be prioritized. Strong written and oral communication skills in English are a must. Experience in one of the following methodologies: cell culture, RNA biology, ChIP- / RNA-sequencing is expected. Candidates are requested to familiarize themselves with the literature, and informal inquiries about the position prior to deadline are encouraged to harri.itkonen(at)helsinki.fi.

The appointee must apply and obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki within the probationary period of 6 months applied in the appointment.

The salary of the position is based on level 2 of the demands level table for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary will be 2200-2500 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The Faculty of Medicine has strong activities towards enhancing gender equality, diversity and employee wellbeing. The International Staff Services office assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.

To apply for this fully funded PhD training position, please submit the application through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply for job by September 30, 2020. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) please submit your applications through the SAP HR portal.

In your application, please include:

– a CV (with possible list of publications)
– a copy of your transcript records (the courses completed during MSc program; if you have not yet obtained your MSc degree, please include an estimated date for this)
– contact details of 1-3 references
-a cover letter (maximum 1 page) describing your research interests, experience in laboratory work and why you are an excellent candidate for this project

Due date

30.09.2020 23:59 EEST