Early Stage Researcher (PhD Student), the biophysical and biological correlates of pain and dysfunction in osteoarthritis – Institute of Biomedicine, University of Eastern Finland



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 (PhD student) in cell biology/translational medicine, position, School of Medicine, Institute of biomedicine, Kuopio Campus http://www.uef.fi/en/biomedicineAn Academy of Finland funded position is available in the laboratory of Professor Petteri Nieminen. http://www.uef.fi/en/biomedicine/petteri-nieminen-group. The research project is a part of the Biology and Physics of Pain in Knee Osteoarthritis (BP-PAIN) Consortium that aims to study in detail the biophysical and biological correlates of pain and dysfunction in osteoarthritis. The project employs multi-disciplinary approaches including cell cultures, high-content cellular imaging and metabolomics, as well as gene expression studies, medical imaging and neurophysiological analyses.   

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with experience in cell cultures, biochemical analyses, molecular biology and data processing. The position aims at the PhD student completing a PhD degree within four years and enables the PhD student to take part in supervising MSc students, scientific writing, grant applications, scientific collaborations and teaching in suitable areas. Good communication and writing skills in English are required.

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).

The position is initially filled for a fixed-term of four years. The full-time position will start in November 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 Professor Petteri Nieminen, email:  petteri.nieminen@uef.fi, phone +358 29 4454248. 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 
– 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
– motivation letter

The application needs to be submitted no later than 9.9.2019 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.