Postdoctoral Researcher or Project Researcher (Neurosciences) – A.I. Virtanen Institute, University of Eastern Finland



The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,500 students and 2,500 members of staff. We operate in Joensuu and Kuopio. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading universities in the world.The Faculty of Health Sciences operates at the Kuopio Campus of the University of Eastern Finland. The Faculty offers education in medicine, dentistry, nutrition and pharmacy, as well as in some other central fields of the health care sector. The Faculty is research-intensive, and its internationally recognised research activities are closely linked to the strategic research areas of the University. There are approximately 2 500 degree students and about 450 PhD students in the Faculty. The faculty has 680 staff members. http://www.uef.fi/en/ttdk/etusivu
We are now inviting applications for

a Postdoctoral Researcher or Project Researcher (Neurosciences) position, Faculty of Health Sciences, A.I. Virtanen Institute of Molecular Sciences, Kuopio Campus
We are looking for a Postdoctoral researcher to a project that will be carried out in collaboration with a nation-wide consortium consisting of academic groups and industrial partners. The chosen candidate will be based in the group of Professor Tarja Malm (https://www.uef.fi/en/web/aivi/tarja-malm-group/).

The aim of the project is to characterize in depth the molecular networks mediated by non-coding RNAs carried by extracellular vesicles as well as to study hypoxia targeting moieties of these vesicles. The work includes transcriptomic and proteomic analyses coupled with modern molecular biology methods, such as CRISPR, viral vectors, RNA mimics, etc.

A person to be appointed as a Postdoctoral Researcher Position is required hold a suitable doctoral degree, which may not have been completed more than five years ago at the time of accepting the position. In this context, the 5 years refer to a net period of time, which does not include maternity leaves, parental leaves, or military service, etc. Positions of postdoctoral researchers shall always be filled for a fixed term (UEF University Regulations, Section 31). If the doctoral degree has been awarded more than five years ago, the post will be one of a Project Researcher.

Candidate profile: The candidate should have a PhD in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry or in a closely related field. Previous experience in non-coding RNA research and modern molecular biology technologies such as EV isolation methods (e.g. size exclusion chromatography), flow cytometry analysis of EVs and/or RNA, next-generation sequencing methods and mass spectroscopy are highly valued. Additional skills in bioinformatics will be considered an asset. Ambitious and self-driven attitude is also expected as well as ability to supervise post-graduate students.

Good knowledge of written and spoken English is essential. The candidate is expected to have a letter of recommendation from two previous and recent supervisors / PIs.

The position is filled for a two-year fixed-term period from 1 April 2020 or as agreed. The position is filled for a fixed-term due to it pertaining to a specific project.

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on level 5 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (€2,935.55/ month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 50 % of the job requirement component.

For further information on the position, please contact: Professor Tarja Malm, +358 29 445 4076, tarja.malm@uef.fi. For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR-secretary Asta Suhonen, +358 29 445 4125, asta.suhonen@uef.fi.

A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:
a résumé or CV
a list of publications 
– copies of the applicant’s academic degree certificates/ diplomas
– motivation letter
– the applicant needs to have recommendation from two previous and recent supervisors / Pls.

The application needs to be submitted no later than 10.3.2020 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.