Labor­at­ory Man­ager and Research Spe­cial­ist – McWilliams Laboratory STEMM Program, University of Helsinki



Laboratory Manager and Research Specialist to

McWilliams Laboratory STEMM Program, Research Programmes Unit RPU, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki

Who we are:
The McWilliams Laboratory is driven to understand the molecular regulation of autophagy in tissues, with a vision to develop novel therapeutic strategies for a diverse range of disease states. We have a particular focus on neurodegeneration and metabolic diseases. We are a young and dynamic laboratory with substantial external funding acquired to realise this mission.

To ensure we have the chance of making the most significant impact, we partner with other world-class laboratories in both academia and the private sector. Our new laboratory is embedded within the Stem Cells and Metabolism Research Program (STEMM), at the RPU – Biomedicum Helsinki. This multifaceted role will feature exposure to state-of-the-art techniques in neuroscience, cell biology and molecular medicine.

What we need:
Our continued success depends on our highly engaged and talented research professionals. To this effect, we have a strong ’team science’ ethos within an organised, structured and well-resourced research environment. We now seek an experienced ’Laboratory Manager and Research Specialist’ to join our growing team. The successful candidate will be highly organised and experienced in a broad range of techniques in biomedical science. Ideally, they will have experience as a technician or laboratory coordinator in a similar or related environment. This post is an intellectually stimulating, rewarding and multifaceted position. The candidate should relish the opportunity to take a leading role in managing the operations of a new laboratory, and excited to contribute their research expertise on cutting edge questions in disease biology.

Key Responsibilities:
The candidate will integrate into an experienced and organised team and will perform tasks including:
– Assisting/performing experiments and essential lab procedures
– Providing insights and solutions into technical matters
– Monitoring of mouse colonies, record keeping
– Ordering and maintaining laboratory items (equipment, reagent stocks, invoices)
· Keeping and organising records (Chemical inventory, equipment, antibodies, cell stocks)
– Ensuring a high standard of laboratory training and safety

Desirable Skills:
Although training is provided for all aspects of this position, the ideal candidate will have
experience in one or more of the following techniques:
– Histology (tissue processing, cryosectioning, immunohistochemistry)
– Molecular biology: DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, genotyping, primer design and cloning and plasmid preps.
Experience with mitochondrial biology or metabolism is considered an advantage
– Experience with animal models (experiments, colony maintenance, breeding, sample processing)
– Experience with cell culture/cell biology
-Working with viruses
-iPSC and neuron culture is considered a significant advantage

Essential Attributes:
– You have a Laboratory technician education and equivalent experience OR you hold an MSc in an appropriate biomedical discipline with relevant research experience
– You are highly organised, enjoys standardisation of experimental techniques
– You are committed to reproducibility with a detail-orientated mindset
– You are enthusiastic about working in a dynamic, fast-paced and international environment
– You have a good command of both English and Finnish (written and spoken)
– You are a collegial and team-oriented individual, capable of working independently with an adaptable and resourceful attitude.
– You have relevant IT proficiency (e.g. routine use of MS Office – Word, Excel, Powerpoint; Online Databases, other software associated with laboratory devices)

Salary and contract:
This exciting role will be a full-time position for two years starting 1st November 2019 (or upon mutual agreement). The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University salary system. As a research professional in the McWilliams Lab, the candidate will receive the same opportunities for mentoring and career development available to students and postdocs.

How to Apply:
The application should be written in English and submitted as a single PDF containing the following documents:
– A brief personal statement describing yourself and your experience (one-page maximum)
– An up-to-date CV including contact details for two referees (no more than two pages).

Please apply, together with the attachment of a single pdf file, through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on ”Apply for job”. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal no later than 13 November 2019.

Enquiries can be directed to:
Assistant Prof. Thomas McWilliams (tel. during office hours 0451160722; thomas.mcwilliams(at)helsinki.fi)

The Faculty of Medicine promotes scientific research of a high standard and is responsible for providing research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, dentistry, psychology and logopedics, as well as for the English-language Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine. In addition to its teaching and research activities, the Faculty serves as a significant expert organisation in the healthcare sector and contributes to the discourse on ethics in the field. In terms of research, the Faculty aims for a place among the best medical faculties in the world, while consolidating and strengthening its status as a top-level institution of medical education.

Together with the HUS Helsinki University Hospital and the Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences (HiLIFE), the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, constitutes the Academic Medical Center Helsinki (AMCH). This medical center has been very successful in international comparisons, ranking among the top 10 medical campuses in Europe and among the top 50 globally.

Due date

13.11.2019 23:59 EET