Postdoctoral researcher or project researcher to study immunoregulation in Molecular Systems Immunology Group at Turku Centre for Biotechnology


Our international multidisciplinary research group (https://bioscience.fi/research/molecular-systems-immunology/profile/ ) led by Academy Professor Riitta Lahesmaa is based at Turku Centre for Biotechnology (the Centre), BioCity Turku, Turku, Finland.  We are seeking for a motivated a postdoctoral researcher or a project researcher with possibility to continue work as a doctoral candidate.

Disorders in immune system and lymphocyte function lead to inflammatory diseases e.g. rheumatoid arthritis and Type 1 Diabetes. Project will focus on studying the molecular mechanisms underlying immune mediated diseases aiming at enabling individualized treatment in the future.

Description of our organization
Molecular Systems Immunology group aims at understanding the regulation of human immune system to predict, prevent and treat immune mediated disorders. We study epigenetic and transcriptional regulation of T cells and molecular mechanisms of immune mediated diseases such as Type 1 Diabetes.

Turku Bioscience Centre is a joint research institute of University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. The mission of the Centre is to promote high quality research and training. The Centre has excellent state-of-the-art technology platforms and expertise in single-cell omics, NGS, epigenomics, proteomics, computational biology and high-end cell imaging.


Successful candidates have:

  • A relevant doctor’s degree (senior/postdoctoral researcher) or a relevant master’s degree (project researcher) e.g. in life sciences or in biomedicine
  • High level of motivation, self-initiative and independency
  • Excellent team work and communication skills in English (both oral and written)
  • First-rate molecular and cell biology knowledge and skills with a strong background in epigenetics.
  • Strong publication record in international journals (postdoctoral researcher) at least in one of the following areas: immunology, molecular and cellular biology, autoimmunity, genetics, epigenetics.

The salary is determined by the collective agreement system of Finnish universities. These positions belong to our research personnel and the salary for a postdoctoral researcher will be 2600 – 3600 eur/month in average (or 3100 – 4200 eur/month depending on experience) and for a project researcher 2150 – 2600 eur/month in average.The position starts at earliest on Jan 1st, 2019 (or as agreed). The positions are initially for two years, one optional year possible. There is a trial period of six months.

The deadline for applications is Nov 30th, 2019 (23:59). A link to the electronic application system can be found from the following link: https://www.utu.fi/en/university/come-work-with-us/open-vacancies

Please include a CV, full publication list, list of selected publications and contact information for three references in your application. In addition postdoctoral researcher applicants should also enclose academic portfolio (https://www.utu.fi/en/university/come-work-with-us/academic-portfolio)

For further information on please contact: Prof. Riitta Lahesmaa, e-mail: riitta.lahesmaa (at)utu.fi .

Enquiries on the application procedure may be directed to HR Specialist Paula Luoma paula.luoma(at)utu.fi