Open position for a doctoral student in FETopen MindGAP project, University of Oulu

The University of Oulu is one of the largest universities in Finland. With about 14 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees it is a vibrant international scientific community. By combining multidisciplinary research and education, high-level infrastructure and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes, companies and the public sector it has created a significant research and innovation hub of “Science with Arctic Attitude”. More information http://www.oulu.fi/university/.  The position is located in the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine of the University of Oulu (http://www.oulu.fi/fbmm/), whose mission is to perform internationally significant research and to deliver high-level undergraduate and post-graduate education in the fields of biochemistry and molecular medicine. The Faculty’s research focus areas are cell-extracellular matrix, protein science and cellular regulatory and metabolic networks and related diseases. The research lines are carried out by 14 research groups. The Faculty has collectively about 200 employees and about half of them are from abroad.  

Subject field and the description of the position 

The FET open project MindGAP is aiming to characterize CNS originating Extracellular Vesicles from the blood of cancer patients undergoing therapy. The project involves EV isolation from biofluids and primary human cell culture, Characterization of EV surface molecule, RNA analysis (ddPCR and Next Generation Sequencing) and collaboration with other members of the consortium, in Portugal and Oulu. We are looking for a candidate with strong molecular and cellular biology background and interest for Extracellular Vesicles. Experience with liquid biopsy, Extracellular Vesicles RNA/ DNA, surface protein isolation, bioinformatics/ neurobiology is an advantage.

The duration of the position is from September 1st 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter, ending in March 31st 2023.  Required Qualifications and assessment 

The successful applicant must hold an MSc degree in life sciences (Biology/ Biochemistry). Candidates whose master thesis will be submitted by the application deadline will also be eligible. Good oral and written English skills, good communication and teamwork skills are required.

A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of a contract. 

The salary is in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel) levels 2-4. In addition, there is a share increase at most, 50% of the base salary, which is based on personal achievements and performance.  

Application Procedure 
The following documents must be attached to the application (in English):
1) Motivation letter
2) CV, including publications and the names and contact details of 2 – 3 referees 
3) Copies of relevant official degree 

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application form by June 30st, 2019

Applications sent by email will not be considered.  Interview 
Most suitable candidates for the post may be interviewed and asked to present their scientific work and experience. 

For further information regarding the filling of this post: 
Dr Seppo Vainio, Professor, e-mail: seppo.vainio(at)oulu.fi 
Dr Genevieve Bart, Adj. Professor, e-mail: genevieve.bart(at)oulu.fi 
Tiina Hurskainen, HR Manager, email: tiina.hurskainen(at)oulu.fi