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Early Stage Researcher

12.11.2021 | Avoimet työpaikat

https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/open_job_view.html?did=5600&jc=16&id=000012095&lang=fi

The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for an Early Stage Researcher position on the Kuopio Campus. The position will be filled for a four-year term from 1 December 2021 (or as agreed) to 30 November 2025. Please find more information below and submit your application no later than 16 November 2021.

Role and salary

As our new Early Stage Researcher  you will be working at the A.I. Virtanen Insitutute for Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences. The position is located in Kuopio, Finland.  

Untangling the wiring diagram of the human brain offers exciting new opportunities to better understand how our brains work and what kind of changes occur during various brain disorders, including mental and neurodegenerative diseases. Owing to recent advances in neuroimaging technology, particularly in diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), it is now possible to study the structural connectivity network of the brain. To that end, our group develops novel computational algorithms to process neuroimaging data and to analyse brain networks using signal processing and machine learning techniques. Coding plays a vital role in our research to enable clinical and widespread use of our tools. Software developed by our group have won several awards in previous international competitions. 

We are looking for an Early Stage Researcher to work at the intersection of neuroscience and machine learning. The specific research topic is highly novel and it involves processing of MRI data and network analysis. The novel techniques that will be developed by the Early Stage Researcher will contribute to our software development effort as well. With that, we foresee a large number of clinical applications, Alzheimer’s disease being the potential primary target for investigation.

A person to be appointed as an Early Stage Researcher shall be qualified to pursue postgraduate studies, i.e. he or she is required to have completed a suitable higher university degree or an equivalent education abroad which in the country in question would qualify the person for similar academic studies. 

The position is filled for a four-year term from 1 December 2021 (or as agreed) to 30 November 2025. Positions of Early Stage Researchers shall always be filled for a fixed term.The position is filled for a fixed term because in the University of Eastern Finland, the objective is to complete the doctoral degree in a maximum of four years. 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 Finnish universities and is based on 2 – 4 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (2,078.27 – 2,591.28 €/month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which can be a minimum of 6 % and a maximum of 50 % of the job requirement component. Depending on the job requirement component and the personal performance component, the salary will be approximately 2,203.00 – 2,535.00 €/month at the beginning of the employment relationship.

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 role as part of our international, creative, participatory and inclusive academic community.    

How to apply?  

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 16 November 2021 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time).     

Please note that you must include the following appendices in your application  

Questions?   

For further information on the position, please contact: Dr Dogu Baran Aydogan,  +358 45 8826216,  baran.aydogan@uef.fi.

For further information on the application procedure,
please contact Tarja Salmi, +358 29 4458220, tarja.salmi@uef.fi.

Early Stage Researcher, Non-coding RNAs in the brain

28.7.2021 | Avoimet työpaikat

https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/open_job_view.html?did=5600&jc=16&id=000011461&lang=fi

We are now inviting applications for an Early Stage Researcher (Doctoral Student) position in the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Cofund DP project Neuro-Innovation: Research and innovation for brain health throughout life. The position in the A. I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences will start in early 2022. Read more below and submit your application no later than 15 August 2021. 

This position is one of the 7 PhD positions available for highly motivated Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the Neuro-Innovation project in the Kuopio campus of the university. In the Faculty of Health Sciences, a total of four Early Stage Researcher positions will be filled in this first call. One of these positions will be filled by a person selected for the Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine (DPMM). The number of ESRs selected in the Faculty of Health Sciences, will be determined during the selection process and may change from what has initially been announced based on the eligibility of the applicants and the scoring of the applications.

The A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences is a research institute that responds to the global health challenges created by the aging of the population and changes in lifestyle by focusing on the research of cardiovascular and brain diseases. The Doctoral Programme in Molecular Medicine (DPMM) is an interdisciplinary doctoral training program with the purpose of training researchers as international experts in modern biomedicine.

Role and salary

The selected ESR will work in a young enthusiastic research team focusing on RNA biology. Our research goal is to understand the molecular mechnisms of non-coding RNAs and unveil their role in normal brain and diseases. We are especially interested on epileptogenesis and drug-refractory epilepsy. Most of the research is done in experimental laboratory models. However, we also examine tissue from patients as we work in collaboration with the Kuopio University Hospital and Veterinary Teaching Hospital (Helsinki). In our studies we apply together with our collaborators various methods that range from classical immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization, molecular profile analysis (next generation sequencing, proteomics), RNA techniques (PCR, RNA manipulation) to bioinformatics, behavioural analysis and magnetic resonance imaging. 

The position in the Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine (DPMM) is offered for the research topic of Non-coding RNAs: Mechanisms and therapeutic strategies for epilepsy. You may modify this research topic or suggest your own topic in the motivation letter (for details, see the Neuro-Innovation website). The main duty of the ESR is to complete a doctoral dissertation in accordance with the research proposal written in the beginning of the employment period. In the University of Eastern Finland, the objective is to complete the doctoral degree in a maximum of four years of full-time study. The position will be filled for a fixed term of four years starting from early 2022 or as agreed upon with the PhD candidate. Early Stage Researcher positions are always filled for a fixed term. A probationary period is applied at the University of Eastern Finland to all new members of the staff.  

The salary of the position is based on the salary system for the teaching and research staff at universities. The salary consists of the job-related salary element and the personal performance salary element. For this position, the job requirement level used to determine the job-related salary element is 2–4, 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 2,288.17 – 3,163.95 €/per month. The salary of an ESR depends on the phase of the doctoral dissertation and postgraduate studies as well as personal performance.

What we expect and wish from you 

We are looking for an ESR with passion for excellence in research, innovation, and societal impact. We are looking for a motivated candidate to work on a unique project that identifies and characterizes novel molecular mechanisms of non-coding RNAs and investigates their role during epileptogenesis. The candidate will have possibility to unveil fundamental aspects non-coding RNA and discover new treatment strategies to prevent or halt epileptogenesis and drug-refractoriness. There is also a possibility to assess biomarkers at different stages of the disease. The academic profile of the candidate should be in the molecular biology area, with the idea of complementing this background throughout PhD studies. The candidate must be motivated to combine complementary areas of knowledge in neurosciences, data sciences and business to success in the thesis project. 

The person appointed as an ESR must hold an appropriate higher university degree or an equivalent degree that would qualify the person for doctoral studies. 

Requirements for doctoral candidates:

  • hold a Master’s Degree (or equivalent) and a research thesis (or equivalent) in molecular biology, or another related relevant field
  • should not hold a doctorate or PhD
  • should have less than 4 years of research experience after the graduation (Master’s Degree or equivalent based on which you are applying for this position) by August 15th, 2021. In this context, the 4 years refer to a net period of time, which does not include maternity leaves, parental leaves or military service.
  • excellent command of the English language is required

Mobility requirements for doctoral candidates: 

  • fulfil the mobility requirement of the MSCA actions, i.e. ESRs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in Finland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before August 15th, 2021. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not considered.

What we can offer you   

  • An interesting position in an international, creative, participatory and engaging university community 
  • The possibility of flexible multi-location work 
  • Staff benefits of the University of Eastern Finland, including comprehensive occupational health care, versatile staff training opportunities, affordable campus restaurant lunches and Sykettä sports services 

How to apply  

The application shall be submitted no later than 15 August 2021 by 24:00 hours Finnish time (11:00 pm CEST) by using the electronic application form. 

The objective is to offer the position to the most merited applicant by January-February 2022. 

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

  • certified copies of BSc and MSc degree diplomas/certificates and copies of these relating to applicant’s language proficiency (if not indicated in the academic degree), transcripts of these records in English. if the proof of English language skills has not been demonstrated in an academic degree and the applicant has not taken the English language test, the English language skills will be assessed in the interview for the position.
  • curriculum vitae (CV) (https://tenk.fi/en/advice-and-materials/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)
  • Master’s thesis (in any language), electronic copy (in zip file)
  • two-page summary of the Master’s thesis in English (in pdf file)
  • motivation letter (max three pages) describes the applicant’s motivation to pursue PhD studies in the chosen research area and topic. When suggesting your own research topic or modifications to the given topic, the research idea needs to be described as part of the motivation letter and research ethics and infrastructure forms provided on the programme website must be attached to the application (for more specific instructions on the motivation letter, see www.uef.fi/neuro-innovation

Questions?  

For further information on the position and the research topic for which it is offered, please visit www.uef.fi/neuro-innovation

For further information on the application procedure, see the FAQ section on the Neuro-Innovation website or send email to neuroinno@uef.fi.

Early Stage Researcher, Neuroinflammation research

28.7.2021 | Avoimet työpaikat

https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/open_job_view.html?did=5600&jc=16&id=000011456&lang=fi

We are now inviting applications for an Early Stage Researcher (Doctoral Student) position in the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Cofund DP project Neuro-Innovation: Research and innovation for brain health throughout life. The position in the A. I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences will start in early 2022. Read more below and submit your application no later than 15 August 2021.

This position is one of the 7 PhD positions available for highly motivated Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the Neuro-Innovation project in the Kuopio campus of the university. In the Faculty of Health Sciences, a total of four Early Stage Researcher positions will be filled in this first call. One of these positions will be filled by a person selected for the Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine (DPMM). The number of ESRs selected in the Faculty of Health Sciences, will be determined during the selection process and may change from what has initially been announced based on the eligibility of the applicants and the scoring of the applications. 

The A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences is a research institute that responds to the global health challenges created by the aging of the population and changes in lifestyle by focusing on the research of cardiovascular and brain diseases. The Doctoral Programme in Molecular Medicine (DPMM) is an interdisciplinary doctoral training program with the purpose of training researchers as international experts in modern biomedicine.

Role and salary

The selected ESR will work in the Neuroinflammation research group the goal of which is to understand inflammatory cell functions, especially those of microglia and astrocytes and mechanisms and mediators of inflammatory reactions in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. We use interdisciplinary approaches to find novel targets for modulation of neuroinflammation for disease benefit. We aim to form a functional fingerprint of microglia-neuron crosstalk in health and disease. We use novel, human-based models and develop new human iPSC-based models including microglia and immunocompetent organoids and use living human brain biopsies. We investigate cellular responses using various omics approaches, electrophysiology and microscopy techniques. (for more details, see https://uefconnect.uef.fi/en/group/neuroinflammation-research-group/)

The position in the Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine (DPMM) is offered for the research topic of Mechanisms and biomarkers of Early Alzheimer’s disease –use of human data ethically sustainable manner. You may modify this research topic or suggest your own topic in the field of neuro-innovation in your motivation letter. The main duty of the ESR is to complete their doctoral dissertation in accordance with their research proposal written in the beginning of the employment period. In the University of Eastern Finland, the objective is to complete the doctoral degree in a maximum of four years of full-time study. The position will be filled for a fixed term of four years starting from early 2022 or as agreed upon with the candidate. ESR positions are always filled for a fixed term. A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The salary of the position is based on the salary system for the teaching and research staff at universities. The salary consists of the job-related salary element and the personal performance salary element. For this position, the job requirement level used to determine the job-related salary element is 2–4, 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 2,288.17 – 3,163.95 €/per month.  The salary of an ESR depends on the phase of the doctoral dissertation and postgraduate studies as well as personal performance.

What we expect and wish from you   

We are looking for an ESR with passion for excellence in research, innovation, and societal impact. We welcome highly motivated candidate to characterize the impact of Aβ and/or Tau pathology on cellular functions. You will be working with human-based in vitro models, state-of-the-art technologies to measure neuronal functionality, clinical data and/or transcriptomic and single cell sequencing data analysis. The entire study is carried out using human samples and data. You will join a very active and well-equipped group of neuroscientists studying various aspects of neuronal function and neuroinflammation in the context of different neurological diseases. The project aims to tackle issues related to GDPR and ethics, and in addition, data sharing are taking into account throughout the project. The ESR must be willing to combine some complementary areas of knowledge in business studies, data science, social science, applied physics and/or law to complete the thesis project.  

The person appointed as an ESR must hold an appropriate higher university degree or an equivalent degree that would qualify the person for doctoral studies.

Requirements for doctoral candidates: 

  • hold a Master’s Degree (or equivalent) and a research thesis (or equivalent) in neurobiology or biomedicine, or another related relevant field
  • should not hold a doctorate or PhD
  • should have less than 4 years of research experience after the graduation (Master’s Degree or equivalent based on which you are applying for this position) by August 15th, 2021. In this context, the 4 years refer to a net period of time, which does not include maternity leaves, parental leaves or military service.
  • excellent command of the English language is required

 Mobility requirements for doctoral candidates:

  • fulfil the mobility requirement of the MSCA actions, i.e. ESRs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in Finland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before August 15th, 2021. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not considered.

What we can offer you   

  • An interesting position in an international, creative, participatory and engaging university community 
  • The possibility of flexible multi-location work 
  • Staff benefits of the University of Eastern Finland, including comprehensive occupational health care, versatile staff training opportunities, affordable campus restaurant lunches and Sykettä sports services 

How to apply  

The application shall be submitted no later than 15 August 2021 by 24:00 hours Finnish time (11:00 pm CEST) by using the electronic application form. 

The objective is to offer the position to the most merited applicant by January-February 2022.

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

  • certified copies of BSc and MSc degree diplomas/certificates and copies of these relating to applicant’s language proficiency (if not indicated in the academic degree), transcripts of these records in English. if the proof of English language skills has not been demonstrated in an academic degree and the applicant has not taken the English language test, the English language skills will be assessed in the interview for the position.
  • curriculum vitae (CV) (Template for researcher’s curriculum vitae | Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK
  •  Master’s thesis (in any language), electronic copy (in zip file)
  •  two-page summary of the Master’s thesis in English (in pdf file)
  •  motivation letter (max three pages) describes the applicant’s motivation to pursue PhD studies in the chosen research area and topic. When suggesting your own research topic or modifications to the given topic, the research idea needs to be described as part of the motivation letter and research ethics and infrastructure forms provided on the programme website must be attached to the application (for more specific instructions on the motivation letter, see www.uef.fi/neuro-innovation

Questions?  

For further information on the position and the research topic for which it is offered, please visit www.uef.fi/neuro-innovation

For further information on the application procedure, see the FAQ section on the Neuro-Innovation website or send email to neuroinno@uef.fi

Postdoctoral Researcher/Project Researcher, Biomedical NMR – A.I. Virtanen Institute, University of Eastern Finland

27.3.2021 | Ajankohtaista

https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/open_job_view.html?did=5600&jc=16&id=000010912&lang=fi#.YFyPbVLuess.link

The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher / Project Researcher (Biomedical NMR) position in Kuopio. The position will be filled for a two-year term from 1 May 2021 (or as agreed). Please find more information below and submit your application no later than April 14, 2021.

Role and salary

As our new Postdoctoral or Project Researcher in Biomedical NMR, you will be working in the A.I. Virtanen Institute at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Kuopio Campus.

The Metabolic MRI group at the University of Eastern Finland is aiming to develop hyperpolarisation-based methods for metabolic magnetic resonance imaging. The applicant will be working in a neuroimaging project, aimed to image stroke and other neurological models at high (3T) and low (0.6T) magnetic fields. The project will improve the understanding of the metabolism of hyperpolarised marker molecules (e.g. pyruvate) during stroke and help establish the experimental basis for further development of hyperpolarized low-field MRI. The researcher will join a group currently including 2 PhD students and the Research Director. In addition to collaborations within Finland, the project involves collaborations with research groups in Denmark and Italy.

The successful candidate will hold a suitable doctoral degree. If you have been awarded your doctoral degree less than five years ago, the post will be one of a Postdoctoral Researcher. If the doctoral degree has been awarded more than five years ago, the post will be one of a Project Researcher. In this context, the 5 years refer to a net period time, which does not include maternity leaves, parental leaves, or military service.

The position will be filled for a two-year term from 1 May 2021 (or as agreed). The position will be filled for a fixed term due to it pertaining to a specific 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 component is 2,967.84 euros/month, based on level 5 of the job requirement chart for teaching and research staff. The personal performance component can be a minimum of 6 % and a maximum of 50 % of the above-mentioned sum.At the beginning the salary will be 3 267,59 – 3 626,70 e.

Our requirements and expectations

– The successful candidate will hold a suitable doctoral degree.
– Good level of fluency in English (both written and spoken) is essential.
– Previous experience in preclinical work with small animal, especially neurosurgery or similar, or MR research is highly preferred, but not essential.

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.

You will have an opportunity to work in an interesting role as part of our international, creative, participatory and inclusive academic community.

How to apply?

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 14.4.2021 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time).

Please note that you must include the following appendices in your application:

– CV (http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)
– list of publications (https://www.aka.fi/en/research-funding/apply-for-funding/how-to-apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines2/list-of-publications/)
– motivation letter
– copies of your academic degree certificates / diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to your language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas

Questions?

For further information on the position, please contact Research Director Mikko Kettunen, +358 29 4454067, mikko.kettunen@uef.fi

For further information on the application procedure, please contact Human Resources Secretary Sari Zitting, +358 29 4454125, sari.zitting@uef.fi


University of Eastern Finland and the Faculty of Health Sciences in brief

The University of Eastern Finland is the most multidisciplinary university in Finland. We are home to 15,500 students and 2,700 staff members. 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 http://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 3 100 degree students and about 580 PhD students in the Faculty. The faculty has 795 staff members. http://www.uef.fi/en/ttdk/etusivu