Project Researcher, Bioinformatics – University of Eastern Finland



The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for a Project Researcher, Bioinformatics, Multimodal Biomedical Data Analysis, position at the Kuopio campus at the Institute of Biomedicine. The position will initially be filled until 31 December 2025, starting from 1 September 2022 (or starting date as agreed). Please find more information below and submit your application no later than 12 August 2022.

Role and salary

We are seeking a highly motivated and talented Project Researcher with a PhD interested in a career path as a core facility expert to join the UEF Bioinformatics Centre to develop multimodal biomedical data analysis solutions, that is a central area recognized by the UEF research communities in cancer, metabolic, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. The hosting core facility is located on the UEF Kuopio Campus, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. The infrastructure is also part of Biocenter Finland Bioinformatics core.

The current services include state-of-the-art genomics and genetics data analysis workflows. The main role of the Project Researcher will be to develop and lead multimodal data analysis services in close connection with biomedical and data analysis experts from the research communities. Modern biomedical research expands from disease genetics to characterization of the disease phenotype at multimodal (omics, imaging) levels. The goal of the bioinformatics core facility is to contribute to this research excellence through innovative data integrative solutions and multimodal methods.

The project will offer a unique opportunity to develop expertise in combining genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, clinical and imaging data from the local cohorts as well as other resources like FinnGen. UEF’s core facilities in genomics, metabolomics, and biomedical imaging will offer opportunities to network with domain experts.

The main responsibilities of the Project Researcher will be to develop and implement data integrative pipelines and multimodal analysis methods in R, Python and/or shell languages. You will join a growing local network of bioinformaticians and be able to use the high-capacity computational infrastructure of the local Bioinformatics centre (https://bioinformatics.uef.fi/). As an employee of a Finnish university, you will also have access to the national computational infrastructure of the CSC https://www.csc.fi/). The position also offers a possibility to participate in teaching and research projects in computational biomedicine.

The position will be filled initially until 31 December 2025, starting from 1 September 2022 (or starting date as agreed). Possible continuation of the position can be agreed separately. The position will be filled for a fixed term due to it pertaining to a core facility development 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 level used to determine the job-related salary element is 5-7, and the personal performance salary element is 6–50 % of the job-related salary element. The estimated monthly salary in the beginning of the employment will be 3348 – 5197 €/month.

Our requirements and expectations

We welcome highly motivated candidates with a bioinformatics/data science background interested in becoming an expert in biomedical data analysis. The ideal candidate holds a PhD, has experience and/or studies in bioinformatics, data sciences or machine learning, and possesses strong programming skills in R, Python, and/or shell. A high level of written and spoken English is essential. The position also requires good communication skills to work in a research team with members from different scientific backgrounds, and high degree of independence and initiative. The person appointed as a Project Researcher must hold an appropriate higher university degree or demonstrate equivalent experience.

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/meaningful/diverse 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 12 August 2022 (by 23.00 CET).

Please note that the application is required to include the following appendices:


For further information on the position and the research topic for which it is offered, please contact  Professor Merja Heinäniemi, merja.heinaniemi@uef.fi  +358 40 355 3842, or visit https://bioinformatics.uef.fi   

For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR-secretary Minna Leskinen, e-mail minna.k.leskinen@uef.fi, tel. +358 29 4458373

University of Eastern Finland and the Faculty of Health Sciences

The University of Eastern Finland is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland, offering education in nearly 100 major subjects. We have a staff of 2,750 members, and our academic community comprises around 16,000 degree students and more than 27,000 adult education 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. UEF stands for action with impact that is relevant today and tomorrow. To learn more about our university please visit our website at  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 3 090 degree students and about 580 PhD students in the Faculty. The faculty has 800 staff members. http://www.uef.fi/en/ttdk/etusivu