Early Stage Researcher (PhD student in neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease )


The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading 300 universities in the world. The Faculty of Health Sciences operates at the Kuopio Campus of the UEF. The Faculty offers education in medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, as well as in some other central fields of the health care sector. The Faculty is research-intensive, and its internationally recognized 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 number of staff adds up to almost 700 experts (http://www.uef.fi/en/uef/ttdk).

The A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences, UEF, is a research institute with the profile on molecular medicine of major diseases of high importance for health care. These diseases include cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and metabolism-related diseases.

We are now inviting applications for an Early Stage Researcher (Neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease) position, Faculty of Health Sciences, A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences, Kuopio Campus

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student candidate to work in the Neuroinflammation research group (http://www.uef.fi/en/web/aivi/tarja-malm-group) in the Academy of Finland funded project “Regulation of neuroinflammation via non-coding RNAs in Alzheimer’s disease”. The project aims at identifying the gene regulatory processes that take place specifically in microglia in healthy brain and during AD development. The PhD student will be working with next generation sequencing approaches, flow cytometric techniques and novel models of neuroinflammation including both in vitro and in vivo work. In addition, the candidate will be guiding other students working within the project and is expected to write scientific publications. An ideal candidate has suitable education, high motivation towards research career, excellent English skills, is capable of carrying out very precise laboratory work, has ability to work in a team, ability to take responsibility and initiative and has good knowledge in some of the following areas: cell culture techniques, animal work, molecular biology, flow cytometry and confocal / multiphoton imaging. The applicant needs to have recommendation from two previous and recent supervisors / PIs.

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. Positions of early stage researchers shall always be filled for a fixed term (UEF Administrative Regulations, Section 30).

The position is filled for a fixed term from 9.1.2017 to 31.12.2019 (with a possibility of extension after this period). 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 (€1,985.85 – 2,475.31/ month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 46.3% of the job requirement component.

For further information on the position, please contact: Associate Professor, Academy Research Fellow Tarja Malm, +358 40 3552209, tarja.malm@uef.fi. For further information on the application procedure, please contact Human Resources Secretary Hanne Tanskanen, hanne.tanskanen@uef.fi.

A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:

The application needs to be submitted no later than 10.10.2016 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.