Post-doctoral researcher to work at the Atherosclerosis Research Laboratory at the Wihuri Research Institute, Helsinki


The Atherosclerosis Research Laboratory at the Wihuri Research Institute, located in Biomedicum Helsinki in Meilahti, is looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher.

The Atherosclerosis Research Laboratory focuses on identifying novel methods to assess person-to-person differences in various atherogenic properties of lipoproteins, such as interaction of lipoproteins with proteoglycans and lipoprotein modification and aggregation. In a recent hypothesis-generating study we found a link between the presence of aggregation-prone LDL and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) death in a small group of patients having established atherosclerosis (https://academic.oup.com/eurheartj/article/39/27/2562/5049093).

The present research project aims at confirming this link. In addition, we will examine the metabolic factors that control LDL composition and aggregation using mouse models of atherosclerosis, cell culture systems, and in vitro studies. The ultimate goal of our research is to develop novel biomarkers that may facilitate identification of patients who are at increased risk for developing ASCVD.

The Atherosclerosis Research Laboratory led by Adj.Prof. Katariina Öörni is now seeking a post-doctoral researcher to participate in the studies. In particular, we are seeking a researcher with experience in mouse studies. The successful candidate has also experience in cell culture methods and knowledge of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism.

Experience and skills:

·         Ph.D. in biology, biochemistry, medicine or equivalent sciences

·         An excellent research track record

·         Experience in mouse studies

·         Experience in cell culture

·         Knowledge of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism

·         Excellent written and spoken English skills

The position is funded by the Academy of Finland and can be filled immediately. The position is initially funded for 18 months, but can be extended depending on the funding.

Please apply by sending motivation letter and CV in a single PDF file by e-mail to Adj. Prof. Katariina Öörni kati.oorni@wri.fi by February 25th. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

For further information, please contact Katariina Öörni at the above e-mail.