Scientist for a Research Project (biology, production and applications of blood cell derived extracellular vesicles (EV) – The Finnish Red Cross Blood Service, Helsinki, Finland



The Department of Research and Development of the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service, Helsinki, Finland, is looking for a project scientist (MSc in cell or molecular biology or pharmacy, or equivalent) in a project focusing on biology, production and applications of blood cell derived extracellular vesicles (EV).

The research project is funded by the Academy of Finland Flagship program GeneCellNano (2020-2024). The person hired for this post will be employed by the University of Eastern Finland, but carry out the actual work at the Department of R&D of the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service, located in the Biomedicum 1, Helsinki Meilahti Campus area. The scientist will be working as a member of the EV research team that focuses on biology and applications of EVs produced by blood cells. The team is led by Dr Saara Laitinen; team’s recent activities are described in the following key publications (10.1016/j.bios.2020.112510 , 10.1080/20013078.2018.1535750, 10.1016/j.bbalip.2019.03.011, 10.1016/j.bbalip.2019.06.010  ).

The work will be performed in close collaboration with, but independently from, the EVE –project, aiming to novel products from blood and funded by the Business Finland. The position is primarily aimed for a post-graduate PhD student.

The project is conducted in collaboration with research groups from the Universities of Helsinki, Oulu and Eastern Finland. The work involves planning the research, carrying out experiments and interpreting and reporting the results.

Skills and experience

The candidate should have a suitable university degree and experience on or interest in cell biology and nanoscience techniques. Experience in various analytical laboratory technologies and basic molecular biology techniques such as protein chemistry, vibrational spectroscopy, liquid chromatography, and further knowledge in imaging techniques such as flow cytometry, microscopy and other more advanced imaging techniques would be an asset. The project will employ many in vitro and in vivo functional assays in house and through national and international collaboration. The work requires self-driven and motivated scientists with previous experience of research. Collaboration and communication skills are important. Describe in your application the experimental techniques in cell culture, analytical chemistry and molecular biology that you master, and how strong your experience in these techniques is, your motivation for academic research and lab-work, as well as possible references.

How to apply and inquiries

Submit your application latest by 30.03.2021 via our application form below.

Please note that the position can be filled immediately when we find the suitable applicant.

For more information please contact R&D Manager Saara Laitinen, saara.laitinen@veripalvelu.fi, 050-4318284. Eventual interviews will be conducted virtually.

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