Research Trainee / Project Researcher – Itä-Suomen yliopisto, Kuopio



The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,500 students and 2,700 members of staff. We operate in Joensuu and Kuopio. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading universities in the world.

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 2 500 degree students and about 450 PhD students in the Faculty. The faculty has 680 staff members. http://www.uef.fi/en/ttdk/etusivu

We are now inviting applications for a Research Trainee or Project Researcher (Neurosciences) position, Faculty of Health Sciences, A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences, Kuopio Campus

The Kanninen research group funded by Horizon 2020 and the Academy of Finland is seeking a motivated Research Trainee or Project Researcher to join a highly dynamic group of researchers working on multiple aspects of neurodegeneration and mental health. The group utilizes murine and human in vitro cultures of brain cells, mouse disease models and patient material to investigate molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and mental disorders. The group is particularly interested in the impact of environmental exposures on brain health. More details on the group’s research interests can be found at https://www.uef.fi/en/web/aivi/katja-kanninen-group

The candidate should have a BSc or MSc degree in neuroscience or in a related discipline with experience in some of the following:

Primary cell culture
Fluorescence/confocal imaging
Protein-based assays including Western blot or ELISA
Gene-based assays including mRNA expression studies
Molecular biology techniques
Animal handling including drug administration, behavioural testing or microsurgery

The successful candidate will be committed and motivated and display independent thinking skills. Good knowledge of written and spoken English is required. It is required that the applicant provides the names and contact details of at least two academic referees. Recommendation letters are encouraged. The motivation letter should contain a personal statement describing the applicant’s research interests, work experience and relevant skills for the position.

A person to be appointed to the Research Trainee position is required to hold a suitable BSc level degree. A person to be appointed to the Project Researcher position is required to hold a suitable MSc level degree. Candidates graduating in the near future are also encouraged to apply.

The position is filled for a fixed-term one-year period starting from 1 July 2020 or as agreed. The position is filled for a fixed-term due to it pertaining to a specific project.

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on level 1 (research trainee, €1.848,79 / month) or level 2 (project researcher, €2.033,29 / month) of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff. In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 50 % of the job requirement component.

For further information on the position, please contact: Associate Professor Katja Kanninen, +358 29 445 4202, katja.kanninen@uef.fi. For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR Secretary Asta Suhonen, tel. +358 29 445 4125, asta.suhonen@uef.fi

A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:
– a résumé or CV
– a list of publications
– copies of the applicant’s academic degree certificates/ diplomas
– a motivation letter
– contact information (and recommendation letters if available) of two referees

The application needs to be submitted no later than 10.06.2020 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.

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Yhteystiedot Katja Kanninen, +358 29 4454202, katja.kanninen@uef.fi. For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR Secretary Asta Suhonen, tel. +358 29 4454125, asta.suhonen@uef.fi
Työpaikan osoite 70211 KUOPIO
Työ alkaa 1.7.2020 or as agreed
Työaika kokoaikatyö
Työn kesto 6 – 12 kk
Haku päättyy 10.06.2020
Ilmoitus jätetty 20.05.2020
Ilmoitusnumero 10352887 Apply