Post-graduate or post-doctoral scientist for cell therapy research project



We are looking for a research scientist in cell or molecular biology to a research project focusing on genetic modification of T cells and NK cells with Chimeric Antigen Receptors.

​The Finnish Red Cross Blood Service has a strategic interest in the development of novel cell therapeutics. Presently, mesenchymal stromal cells are being manufactured at the Advanced Cell Therapy Centre for treatment of patients, and we are also collaborating with industry in an R&D project aiming at developing a Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR)-equipped T-cell product for patient treatment.

The Project / the Position

The research project is funded as part of the Academy of Finland Flagship program GeneCellNano (2020-2024). The person hired for this post will be employed by the University of Eastern Finland but carry out their work at the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service in Helsinki. The current funding covers one year and the work contract will be made for that period, and more research funding is applied for the continuation of the project. We will employ a post-doctoral scientist or a post-graduate researcher aiming at a PhD degree for the project. The scientist is expected to devote a part (10-20%) of his/her time to laboratory management.

We hope you could start your work in March-April of 2022.

The project is conducted in collaboration with research groups from the Universities of Helsinki and Eastern Finland. Your work involves planning the research, carrying out experiments and interpreting and reporting the results. You will operate within the iCell research group (https://www.bloodservice.fi/Research%20Projects/cell-therapy/icell ) that focuses on developing novel immune cell technologies.

Skills and experience

You have a suitable university degree and strong experience of cell culture experiments. Experience of immunology and molecular biology will be helpful. The project will employ animal tumor models. The work requires a self-driven and motivated scientist with previous experience of research. Collaboration and communication skills are also important. Describe in your application the experimental techniques in cell culture, immunology and molecular biology that you master, and how long you experience in these techniques is, your motivation for academic research and lab-work, as well as possible references.

How to apply and inquiries

For more information please contact senior medical officer Matti Korhonen matti.korhonen@veripalvelu.fi, tel. 050 396 9450 (telephone time 8.2. between 15-15.30, 10.2. between 16-16.30, 15.2. between 16-16.30, and 17.2. between 11-11.30). Eventual interviews will be conducted virtually.

Submit your application by 17.2.2022 via our application form.