Early Stage Researcher, Bioinformatics /Omics Data Analytics and Machine Learning) position – University of Eastern Finland, Institute of Biomedicine



The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,500 students and 2,500 members of staff. We operate in Joensuu and Kuopio. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading universities in the world.

The Faculty of Health Sciences operates at the Kuopio Campus of the University of Eastern Finland. The Faculty offers education in medicine, dentistry, nutrition and pharmacy, as well as in some other central fields of the health care sector. The Faculty is research-intensive, and its internationally recognised research activities are closely linked to the strategic research areas of the University. There are approximately 2 500 degree students and about 450 PhD students in the Faculty. The faculty has 680 staff members. http://www.uef.fi/en/ttdk/etusivu

We are now inviting applications for

an Early Stage Researcher (Bioinformatics / Omics Data Analytics and Machine Learning) position, School of Medicine, Institute of Biomedicine, Kuopio Campus

The position is available in the Biomedical Informatics research group (http://www.uef.fi/web/biomedicine/biomedicalinformatics) led by Dr Vittorio Fortino, in the recently launched EU H2020 project BIOMAP.

The project is focused on the analysis of multi-omics data for identifying and targeting personalized treatments in two common chronic skin diseases: atopic dermatitis (AD) and psoriasis (Pso). The aim of the project is to develop novel computational methods and tools for multi-omics data modelling and the definition of disease subtypes and predictive biomarkers. The topics of the research projects will be discussed in more detail during the interview of the selected candidates.

A person to be appointed as an early stage researcher shall be qualified to pursue postgraduate studies, i.e. he or she is required to have completed a suitable higher university degree or an equivalent education abroad which in the country in question would qualify the person for similar academic studies. Positions of early stage researchers shall always be filled for a fixed term (UEF University Regulations, Section 31).

Good command of the English language is required. The language requirements associated with the position are defined in the Government Decree 770/2009. Members of the university’s teaching and research staff are required to have command of the language they give teaching in (Finnish or Swedish). The Dean of the faculty may grant an exemption from the language proficiency requirements laid down in the Government Decree.

Applicants with a background in molecular biology and bioinformatics analysis of next-generation sequencing and microarray data are encouraged to apply. Persons graduating in the near future are also encouraged to apply. However, they are expected to hold a relevant MSc degree (or equivalent) by the starting date of the early stage researcher position. A successful candidate will have good command of the English language and good skills in data analysis and programming, specifically experience in R/Python and Linux is highly desired.

The position is initially filled for a fixed-term of two years. The full-time position will start in May 2019, or later by agreement.

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on levels 2-4 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (€2,033,29 – 2,535,20/month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 50 % of the job requirement component.

For further information on the position, please contact:
 Dr Vittorio Fortino, email: vittorio.fortino@uef.fi, phone +358 29 4454197. For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR Secretary Tellervo Rajanto, email: tellervo.rajanto@uef.fi, phone +358 29 4454278.  
A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:
a résumé or CV
a list of publications
– motivation letter
– copies of the applicant’s academic degree certificates/ diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to the applicant’s language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas

The application needs to be submitted no later than 1.4.2019 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.