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Laboratory assistant (Virology, Vaccine development and Immunology) / Laboratorioassistentti – Tampere University Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland On-site

24.9.2022

https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3267504834

About the job

Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education. Our universities community has its competitive edges in technology, health and society. www.tuni.fi/en

Laboratory assistant position is available in the research group of Docent Minna Hankaniemi starting as agreed until the end of July, 2024. Our research group at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology aims to establish powerful protein-based vaccine platforms against pandemic pathogens (such as corona-, entero- and influenza viruses).

Job Description

We are looking for hard-working and enthusiastic research assistant to support our scientists in the research projects primarily involved in preclinical safety and efficacy studies of novel vaccine candidates, immunological in vitro analyses and mouse infection models as well as projects involved in development of protein-based vaccine platforms, their GMP compatible production methods and quality control.

We have previously developed experimental enterovirus vaccines with traditional and virus-like particle (VLP) based methods as well as VLP-based vaccine platform wherein any antigen can be conjugated to boost the immune responses to these antigens.

Recently, we have received funding from Business Finland, Tampere Tuberculosis Foundation and Finnish Cultural Foundation for demonstrating the proof-of-concept for the functionality of our protein-based coronavirus vaccine, strongly emphasizing the identification of the optimal route of commercialization for the developed vaccine.

Position Requirements

  • A degree in a relevant area (laboratory technician, laboratory analyst, bioanalyst, laboratory engineer, biotechnology engineer or equivalent)
  • Experience in preclinical animal studies (handling and sampling of mice, extracting primary cells, histological staining of tissue sections) and immunological analyses (e.g. serological and T-cell analyses by ELISA and FACS)
  • Experience in protein quantity, quality and purity analyses (such as SDS-PAGE, Western blot, protein concentration, dsDNA, endotoxin measurements)
  • Experience in cell biology and molecular biology techniques
  • Experience in advanced cell culture methods
  • Ability to work independently and ability to cooperate

Please be prepared to provide a proof of your merits when requested.

Our ideal candidate should have a track record in molecular cell biology, biotechnology, immunology, protein engineering, immunobiology or any other relevant field of work connected to virology, vaccine development, vaccine manufacturing or immunology. The candidate is also expected to support the laboratory in the following duties: preparation of buffers and reagents, maintenance and development of laboratory routines and techniques, ordering materials and reagents, checking invoices and maintenance of detailed records of scientific experiments.

The candidate should also be comfortable troubleshooting challenging projects with the scientists and meeting tight deadlines. Occasionally, some activities may require working outside of standard working hours. Good written and verbal communication skills in English is considered a benefit.

We offer

The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of 1 year. The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System. The position belongs to the category of other personnel and job demand level is 5-6, however depending on the work experience and merits of the selected person. The post starts with a 6-month trial period.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Please read more about working at Tampere University .

For further information or inquiries regarding the post, please contact Minna Hankaniemi by email minna.hankaniemi@tuni.fi .

Application deadline

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 5th of October 2022 (at 23.59 EEST / UTC +3). Applications will be evaluated as they are received.

Tampereen yliopisto ja Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu muodostavat yhdessä Suomen toiseksi suurimman monitieteisen, innostavan ja vaikuttavan tutkimus- ja oppimisyhteisön. Korkeakouluyhteisömme osaamiskärjet ovat tekniikka, terveys ja yhteiskunta. Lue lisää: www.tuni.fi

Dosentti Minna Hankaniemen tutkimusryhmä lääketieteen ja terveysteknologian tiedekunnassa etsii laboratorioassistenttia määräaikaiseen työtehtävään. Tutkimusryhmä keskittyy pääasiassa kehittämään toisen sukupolven proteiinipohjaisia rokoteteknologioita pandeemisia taudinaiheuttajia vastaan. Laboratorioassistentin työnkuvaan kuuluu monipuolinen avustaminen tutkimustehtävissä, mm. soluviljely, rekombinantti-proteiinien analyysit, prekliiniset eläinkokeet (eri hiirimalleilla) sekä immunologiset analyysit. Laboratorioassistentin työ sisältää lisäksi laboratoriohankintojen koordinointia, tarjouspyyntöjen hoitamista ja ostolaskujen tarkistamista. Päivittäisten toimintojen kannalta olennaisista reagensseista, tarvikkeista ja materiaaleista huolehtiminen ja laboratorion siisteyden ylläpitäminen kuuluvat myös työtehtäviin.

Hakuohjeet

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Jätäthän hakemuksesi yliopiston sähköisellä hakulomakkeella (linkki löytyy tämän ilmoituksen alta). Hakuaika tehtävään päättyy 5.10.2022 klo 23.59. Hakemuksia käsitellään jo hakuaikana.