Postdoctoral researcher or project researcher to study new regulators of the immune system through single-cell omics in Molecular Systems Immunology Group at Turku Centre for Biotechnology


Our international multidisciplinary research group (https://www.btk.fi/research/molecular-systems-immunology/) 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 postdoctoral researcher or 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 recruiting 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.

Turku Centre for Biotechnology 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, next-generation sequencing, epigenomics, proteomics, computational biology and high-end cell imaging.


The project aims at understanding how novel regulators of immune system, recently discovered by our group, act on a molecular level. We will use cutting-edge single-cell omics tools, i.e. single cell sequencing and mass cytometry. We will collaborate closely with Dr. Tapio Lönnberg, an in-depth expert in single-cell omics and head of our Centre’s single-cell omics facility. Our key collaborator is Research Director  Laura Elo and her group, the Medical Bioinformatics Centre, who have developed novel tools to analyses single-cell omics data.

Qualifications, successful candidates have:

  • A relevant doctor’s degree (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
  • 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 in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel) level 5 (postdoctoral researcher) where the work specific salary component is 2 903,61 €/month or  levels 3-4 (project researcher),  where the work specific salary component is 2 209,17 – 2507,62 €/month. In addition, there is a share increase based on the personal performance, which is, at most, 50% of the base salary. The position starts at earliest on March 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 Jan 31, 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.

For further information on the positions please contact: Prof. Riitta Lahesmaa, e-mail: riitta.lahesmaa@btk.fi  . Enquiries on the application procedure may be directed to Human Resources Specialist Paula Luoma, paula.luoma@utu.fi .