Research Director / Senior Researcher, Integrated multiomics



The A. I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences and the Institute of Biomedicine are institutes housing an international staff of 350 full-time scientists. They are part of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and focus on biomedical research, including neurosciences (see A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences | University of Eastern Finland (uef.fi)  Institute of Biomedicine | University of Eastern Finland (uef.fi))

We are now inviting applications for

Research Director / Senior Researcher, Integrated multiomics

The research is to be done in close collaboration with scientists from different research groups within UEF’s Neuroscience Research Community (NEURO-RC, see https://www.uef.fi/en/research-community/neuroscience-neuro ). The international UEFRAE2019 evaluation panel assessed NEURO-RC to be of outstanding quality in international comparison (score 6/6). The goal of the NEURO-RC is to understand the disease-specific and common molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases and epilepsy, and to identify biomarkers and novel therapeutic approaches for their prevention and cure by merging biological and computational neurosciences. To carry our research beyond state-of-the-art, the NEURO-RC combines unique preclinical and clinical datasets of molecular omics to the mechanistic and biomarker studies conducted in humanized disease models, and multilevel analyses performed using neuro-informatics-based approaches. Moreover, studies related to lifestyle and environmental factors will be integrated to these activities.

The currently open position will strengthen the activities of the university’s strategic research areas. Please see https://www.uef.fi/en/strategy-2030

The Research Director/Senior Researcher will work both as an expert in bioinformatics within the NEURO-RC, and as an independent group leader. The responsibilities also include supervision of doctoral theses, possibly teaching, and acquisition of external funding. We seek applications from highly committed researchers with international experience and an outstanding scientific track record in bioinformatics focused on omics data. An ideal candidate will have a strong background in state-of-the art bioinformatics focused on different kind of omics data (e.g., bulk/scRNA-seq, proteomics, metabolomics, spatial transcriptomics) combined with disease-related genetics. We expect that the candidate can analyze omics data in the multilevel fashion. Furthermore, to gain better insight on genotype-phenotype associations, interrogation of relevant disease models or tissue samples in a single cell level is strongly encouraged. Candidates are welcome to propose a highly innovative research project thematically linked to the scientific mission of the NEURO-RC being complementary to the existing research carried out in the community. The successful candidate is expected to actively collaborate within our interdisciplinary research community and take advantage of the infrastructures and networks available at the UEF. Experience in leading a research team, a strong track record in publishing and gaining research funding and collaborating with other research teams are considered an advantage.

The Research Director/Senior Researcher will be affiliated with Institute of Biomedicine (https://www.uef.fi/en/unit/institute-of-biomedicine) and will have access to the existing research infrastructure. We provide an opportunity to pursue an independent research project for five years. The position includes a yearly budget of 30 000 €/year for personnel and direct project costs for four years.

A person to be appointed as a Research Director/Senior Researcher shall hold a suitable doctoral degree and have good teaching skills. 

The position will be filled for a five-year term starting on 1 March 2022 or as agreed. The position is a fixed-term position due to it pertaining to a specific project. A probationary period will be applied to new members of the university staff. 

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on level 6-7 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (3,498.98 – 4,033.80), In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a minimum of 6 % and a maximum of 50% of the job requirement component. Depending on the personal performance component, the salary will be approximately 3,708.92 – 4,921.24 €/month at the beginning of the employment relationship. 

For further information on the position, please contact: Mikko Hiltunen, Professor (mikko.hiltunen@uef.fi)

For further information on the application procedure, please contact: Saima-asiatTT@uef.fi

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:

The application needs to be submitted no later than 31.1.2022 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.