Project and responsibilities

This Academy of Finland and Novo Nordisk-funded project involves studying genetics and molecular biology in bone metabolic diseases.

Please see https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/metabolic-bone-diseases for more information. You will study the genetics of skeletal diseases and molecular biological consequences of skeletal disease in zebrafish models, primary cultures, and cultured cell lines. You will perform NGS data analysis and imaging and molecular biology analysis of the zebrafish and cells. You will also supervise Master’s/PhD students, prepare and publish scientific manuscripts, and write grant applications.


A successful candidate holds a PhD in life or biomedical sciences. Experience and qualification in genetics, biochemistry or animal physiology and working with cell cultures is obligatory. In addition, knowledge of molecular biology studies and imaging is essential. Knowledge of NGS data analysis, bone biology, skeletal diseases, and zebrafish studies will be advantageous.

The salary will be based on the Universities salary scheme for teaching and research personnel. A successful candidate is expected to start in May 2019, or according to the agreement.

Application and questions should be sent to minna.pekkinen(at)helsinki.fi or outi.makitie(at)helsinki.fi, with the subject line “open postdoc position.” Applications are invited immediately, and the position will be filled when a suitable candidate is found.