Postdoctoral Researcher / Project Researcher / Doctoral researcher, Translational Immunology – University of Eastern Finland



The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher/Project Researcher/ Doctoral Researcher (Translational Immunology) position in Kuopio. The position will be filled for 1 March 2023 to 31 August 2024 (or as agreed). Please find more information below and submit your application no later than 16 January 2023

Role and salary 

As our new Postdoctoral, Project or Doctoral Researcher in Translational Immunology, you will be working in the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Kuopio Campus.

Our research focuses on the immunological disturbances in autoimmune diseases, with a special emphasis on CD4+ T cells. We utilize a state-of-the-art single-cell methodology to study clinical samples from children with type 1 diabetes and juvenile idiopathic arthritis. More details on the research group and research interests can be found at https://uefconnect.uef.fi/en/group/translational-immunology-group/.

The successful candidate will work on a project funded by the Academy of Finland aiming to analyse CD4+ T cell phenotypic alterations related to autoimmunity in type 1 diabetes. The candidate may also participate in projects studying immune responses in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and in patients undergoing immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy for cancers.

A person to be appointed to the Postdoctoral Researcher or Project Researcher position is required to 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, five years is the net period of time, which does not include maternity leave, parental leave, military service, etc. The position of postdoctoral researcher and project researcher shall always be filled for a fixed term (UEF University Regulations, Section 31). 

A person appointed to the Doctoral Researcher position shall be qualified to pursue postgraduate studies, i.e., they are required to have completed a suitable higher university degree or an equivalent education abroad that would qualify the person for similar academic studies. The positions of doctoral researcher shall always be filled for a fixed term (UEF University Regulations, Section 31).

The position will be filled for 1.3.2023-31.8.2024 (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. For a Postdoctoral Researcher/Project Researcher, the job requirement component is 3,044,00 euros/month, based on level 5 of the job
requirement chart for teaching and research staff. For a Doctoral Researcher, the job requirement component is 2,108,40 -2,628,85 euros/month, based on levels 2-4 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 between 3,348-3,866 € (as post-doctoral/project researcher) or 2,319-3,339 € (as doctoral researcher).

Our requirements and expectations 

  • A PhD in immunology or a related discipline (Postdoctoral/Project Researcher) or an MSc in biosciences or a related discipline (Doctoral Researcher)
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Able to work independently and supervise students
  • Be willing to contribute to writing peer-reviewed publications and applications for research funding

Previous experience in some of the following techniques is considered highly advantageous:

  • High-parameter flow cytometry with experience in panel design and analysis
  • Magnetic and flow-cytometric cell sorting
  • T-cell culture
  • Single-cell omics
  • Biostatistics/bioinformatics (e.g. FlowJo, Graphpad Prism, SPSS, SeqGeq, R)

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.

Please read more in the Work at UEF section on our website.  

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

Enjoy your life in Finland! Known for its cleanliness, welfare know-how, modern technology and superb education system, Finland is an exotic and safe country to work in. Please visit the Life in Finland section on our website to learn more.

How to apply?

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 16 January 2023 (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/)
– 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
– motivation letter
– recommendation letter(s) (if available) 


For further information on the position, please contact: Professor Tuure Kinnunen, +358 29 4454980, tuure.kinnunen@uef.fi.

For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR-secretary Sanna Partanen, +358 29 4454634, sanna.partanen@uef.fi.

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

The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We have a staff of 3,200 members, and our academic community comprises around 16,000 degree students. Our campuses are located in Joensuu and in Kuopio. 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. To learn more about our university please visit our website at  www.uef.fi/en. On our website, you’ll also find information about the university as a work community and as an employer (https://www.uef.fi/en/article/one-university-a-thousand-stories), as well as our employees’ career stories (https://www.uef.fi/en/career-stories).

The Faculty of Health Sciences operates at the Kuopio Campus of the University of Eastern Finland. 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 3 090 degree students and about 580 PhD students in the Faculty. The faculty has 800 staff members. http://www.uef.fi/en/ttdk/etusivu