Postdoctoral Researcher/Project Researcher, Biomedical NMR – A.I. Virtanen Institute, University of Eastern Finland



The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher / Project Researcher (Biomedical NMR) position in Kuopio. The position will be filled for a two-year term from 1 May 2021 (or as agreed). Please find more information below and submit your application no later than April 14, 2021.

Role and salary

As our new Postdoctoral or Project Researcher in Biomedical NMR, you will be working in the A.I. Virtanen Institute at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Kuopio Campus.

The Metabolic MRI group at the University of Eastern Finland is aiming to develop hyperpolarisation-based methods for metabolic magnetic resonance imaging. The applicant will be working in a neuroimaging project, aimed to image stroke and other neurological models at high (3T) and low (0.6T) magnetic fields. The project will improve the understanding of the metabolism of hyperpolarised marker molecules (e.g. pyruvate) during stroke and help establish the experimental basis for further development of hyperpolarized low-field MRI. The researcher will join a group currently including 2 PhD students and the Research Director. In addition to collaborations within Finland, the project involves collaborations with research groups in Denmark and Italy.

The successful candidate will hold a suitable doctoral degree. If you have been awarded your doctoral degree less than five years ago, the post will be one of a Postdoctoral Researcher. If the doctoral degree has been awarded more than five years ago, the post will be one of a Project Researcher. In this context, the 5 years refer to a net period time, which does not include maternity leaves, parental leaves, or military service.

The position will be filled for a two-year term from 1 May 2021 (or as agreed). The position will be filled for a fixed term due to it pertaining to a specific project. A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of the Finnish universities. The salary comprises two components: a job requirement component and a personal performance component. In this position, the job requirement component is 2,967.84 euros/month, based on level 5 of the job requirement chart for teaching and research staff. The personal performance component can be a minimum of 6 % and a maximum of 50 % of the above-mentioned sum.At the beginning the salary will be 3 267,59 – 3 626,70 e.

Our requirements and expectations

– The successful candidate will hold a suitable doctoral degree.
– Good level of fluency in English (both written and spoken) is essential.
– Previous experience in preclinical work with small animal, especially neurosurgery or similar, or MR research is highly preferred, but not essential.

Your benefits

You will have access to the university’s staff benefits, including
– extensive occupational health care
– staff discount on lunch in our campus restaurants, as well as on a range of other services
– affordable sports services.

You will have an opportunity to work in an interesting role as part of our international, creative, participatory and inclusive academic community.

How to apply?

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 14.4.2021 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time).

Please note that you must include the following appendices in your application:

– CV (http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)
– list of publications (https://www.aka.fi/en/research-funding/apply-for-funding/how-to-apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines2/list-of-publications/)
– motivation letter
– copies of your academic degree certificates / diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to your language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas


For further information on the position, please contact Research Director Mikko Kettunen, +358 29 4454067, mikko.kettunen@uef.fi

For further information on the application procedure, please contact Human Resources Secretary Sari Zitting, +358 29 4454125, sari.zitting@uef.fi

University of Eastern Finland and the Faculty of Health Sciences in brief

The University of Eastern Finland is the most multidisciplinary university in Finland. We are home to 15,500 students and 2,700 staff members. Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. We generate research-based knowledge and make it openly accessible for the benefit of all. UEF stands for action with impact that is relevant today and tomorrow. To learn more about our university please visit our website at http://www.uef.fi/en     

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 3 100 degree students and about 580 PhD students in the Faculty. The faculty has 795 staff members. http://www.uef.fi/en/ttdk/etusivu