Post doc with a focus on host-environment interplay in health and disease – University of Helsinki, Helsinki



About the job

Research Program Unit at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki invites applications for a fixed-term position of

Post doc with a focus on host-environment interplay in health and disease from 1.8.2023 until 31.7.2025

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki promotes high quality scientific research. It provides research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, dentistry, psychology and logopedics, and an international 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. The faculty aims to be one of the best medical research faculties in the world, while reinforcing its status as a distinguished institution of multidisciplinary education in healthcare.

Your mission

The mission at the Unit of Systems Immunology is to perform top quality research to understand how different environmental exposures affect human wellbeing, focusing on the impact of environmental, allergens and microbes on lung barrier function and immunity. We work mainly with experimental models and different omics analysis.

The employment has a focus on research. The postdoctor will conduct research within several projects, focusing on the impact of host-antigen interplay during immune homeostasis and dysregulation, using human data and data from experimental models. The main task of the postdoctor will be to perform experiments in various study set-ups, analyze the obtained data and report the results.

The two-year (100 %) position is available from 1 August 2023 in the research group of Professor Harri Alenius at the Unit of Systems Immunology . The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki.


Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has an PhD in a relevant area (cellular or molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, or other relevant area). It is considered an advantage if you have completed your doctoral degree within the last three years, if there are special reasons, your degree may have been completed earlier. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) date of employment. This must be substantiated by the applicant’s main supervisor, director or equivalent.

It is meritorious to have a strong experience in vitro and in vivo experimentation. The candidate should also have publications in peer-reviewed journals in the field of toxicology, immunology or other related fields. Previous experience of OMICS analysis (e.g. RNA-seq, Single-Cell seq and metabolomics) is considered an advantage.

Candidates should be highly motivated, independent, and have strong communication skills. Excellent ability to write scientific articles and communicate in English is required. The candidate is expected to cooperate in national and international networks. Therefore, a background of working in networks of researchers and international research experience is considered an advantage.

What do we offer?

We offer an enthusiastic research environment, conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical education in Finland. The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki constitutes the academic medical centre together with HUS Helsinki University Hospital and the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE). This medical centre has been successful in international comparisons, ranking among the top 10 medical campuses in Europe and the top 50 globally.

University of Helsinki employees are eligible to several benefits such as extended holiday and a generous occupational pension. Employees have a GP-level occupational health care.

Depending on the experience, the salary will based on University of Helsinki official quidelines and it is usually around 3200-3600 euro/month.

How To Apply

Applications should be submitted through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link ”Apply now” below. Applicants who are currently employed by the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP Fiori portal at https://msap.sap.helsinki.fi . The closing date for applications is 6 June 2023.

Applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background or from members of minority groups are welcomed. You can read more about working at the university on our website .

For further information on the position, please contact Harri Alenius (harri.alenius(at) helsinki.fi).

For information on the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Marja Meresto (hr-ltdk(at) helsinki.fi).

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all