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 Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) 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.

The research group Therapeutic bacteria and Intestinal Health directed by Adj. Prof. Reetta Satokari focuses on human intestinal microbiota and host-microbe interactions. In collaboration with Helsinki University Hospital, her group investigates the therapeutic possibilities of microbiota modulation by using fecal microbiota transplantation and the underlying microbiology (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/intestinal-health-and-therapeu…). We have an open position for a


in an Academy of Finland funded project on host-microbe interactions in inflammatory bowel diseases.

The appointment is for 2 years, starting from the beginning of January 2020 at the latest. The position will be filled with a 6 months trial period.

We are looking for an applicant with a PhD degree in the field of microbiology, biology, biochemistry or related field and with a strong orientation to bioinformatics and statistics and keen interest in human microbiota research. Also, candidates with a PhD in computationally oriented field, such as computer science, statistics, physics or bioinformatics and with a strong orientation in microbial ecology or metagenomics are considered for the position. The work is primarily analysis of microbial 16S rDNA and metagenomic data as well as immunological, transcriptional and clinical data, but laboratory skills are considered as a benefit.

The successful candidate is expected to have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research team is also required.

The salary (level 5) is based on the salary system of the Finnish universities for teaching and research personnel. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance.

The application should include a motivation letter (max 1 page) and a complete CV with:
– education/previous degrees obtained
– prior work/research experience and list of publications
– recommendation letters or names and contact information of two references

The above attachments must be submitted as a single pdf file. Please, submit your application with the attachment file by using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply Link. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for submitting applications is October 31, 2019, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For informal inquiries, contact reetta.satokari(at)helsinki.fi

Due date

31.10.2019 23:59 EET