Laboratory technician in the Functional Cancer Genomics group

27.2.2022 | Avoimet työpaikat

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The Functional Cancer Genomics group led by Dr. Sakari Vanharanta at the Translational Cancer Medicine Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland, invites applications for the position of


The aim of our research is to understand how cancer mutations activate oncogenic programs and how these programs lead to cancer progression and metastasis, with the long-term goal of translating this knowledge into novel therapeutic approaches and patient benefit. We are looking for a laboratory technician to participate in our scientific efforts and to help manage the day-to-day activities of a research laboratory. The tasks will consist of laboratory management and experimental work. The responsibilities will also include supervision of other members of the team.

The Functional Cancer Genomics group consists of biomedical scientists with diverse backgrounds and expertise. We have strong international connections and work in a collaborative manner towards shared goals. After eight years at the University of Cambridge, the team is moving to Helsinki, and will be located at Biomedicum Helsinki within the Academic Medical Center Helsinki, which provides a multidisciplinary research environment for basic and translational research with state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge technologies and synergistic expertise of several research groups.

A successful candidate has a higher vocational diploma or a master’s degree in molecular biology, biotechnology or equivalent. Excellent skills in basic molecular biology techniques and experience in culturing cancer cell lines is mandatory. Experience with laboratory animal work is considered an advantage. An ability to work independently and with precision is essential. Successful implementation of your tasks will require technical precision, independent problem-solving ability, excellent communication and organizational skills and the capability for teamwork.

The position is available as soon as the selected candidates are available. The project allows initially a three-year fixed-term position. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University guidelines.

Please submit your application as a single PDF file through the University’s electronic recruitment system by clicking “Apply for the position” link below. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by signing into https://msap.helsinki.fi.

If you need technical support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment (at) helsinki.fi.

The deadline for applications is 28 Feb 2022.

Please attach the following documents to your application as a single PDF file:
• Cover letter that details your past experience and motivation for applying for the post
• CV
• Contact details of at least two referees

Further information. For more information on the position, please contact Dr. Sakari Vanharanta (sakari.vanharanta (at) helsinki.fi).

More information on the Translational Cancer Medicine Program can be found here: https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-medicine/research/research-progra….

For additional information about the application process, please contact HR Specialist Päivi Sinisalo (paivi.sinisalo (at) helsinki.fi).

Research Assistant/Associate (permanent position) Cancer Genomics, Oncology Research

13.5.2021 | Avoimet työpaikat


Description of position

We are looking for an experienced Research Assistant/Associate to be based in the R&D laboratories in Turku. This is a hands-on position for an experienced Assistant/Associate who enjoys working in the lab. You will be part of the Cancer Genomics team, but work in close collaboration with the other research organisations of Orion. You will have an opportunity to be part of a highly motivated and international team and work in modern laboratory facilities equipped with state-of-art laboratory instrumentation. This is a permanent position and location is Turku, Finland.

Main responsibilities:

  • Provide research support for in vitro cell based assays, biochemical assays and molecular biology assays (such as qPCR, WB and/or cell imaging)
  • Independently maintain and perform studies with mammalian cell cultures
  • Determine the potency and mechanism of action of small molecule compounds
  • Be responsible for the accurate documentation of research and screening results
  • Maintain high standards of housekeeping and take responsibility of routine laboratory and cell culture maintenance tasks

Description of unit

Oncology Research is accountable for the discovery of novel targets and research projects in the therapy area of oncology at Orion. Cancer Genomics team is one of the four research teams in Oncology Research, and our teams build the R&D Oncology portfolio and Oncology strategy in close collaboration with business and all R&D global functions.

We Offer

We are offering an excellent opportunity to work in a dynamic team in modern laboratory facilities equipped with state-of-art laboratory instrument in Oncology Research at Orion. Join us – together we build well-being and do work that we are proud of!

In Orion, we have a highly interesting R&D pipeline and enthusiastic working environment. We offer an exciting opportunity to create an impact on the future therapies for patients. As an expert of your own field, you will be a member of multi-disciplinary team jointly innovating and developing new treatments for the patients. Appreciation of colleagues and continuous development are part of our core values. The culture of Orion R&D is informal and we enjoy working together.


A successful applicant has several years of experience in hands-on laboratory work and techniques related to cellular and biochemical assays, for example in running high throughput screens as well as common molecular biology techniques (RNA/DNA/protein isolations and analysis, and/or immunoassays). Previous strong knowledge and experience working with mammalian cell cultures and related functional studies (for example transfections, reporter assays) is required.

Additionally, we expect that you have a suitable degree in the field of health sciences, for example from University of Applied Sciences. You are highly motivated, possess interpersonal and organizational skills that allow you to interact in a collaborative work environment. You also have basic computational skills, ideally experience in documentation using electronic lab notebook, and are able to communicate in verbal and written English. Industry experience is an advantage, but not a requirement.

Additional information

Please send your application latest by 26 May 2021.

For further information, please contact Dr Julia Lindqvist, Senior Scientist in Cancer Genomics and Metabolism, +358 50 966 7975, during the following hours: Wednesday May 19 at 15.00-16.00 or Friday May 21 at 9.00-10.00.


Approved medical examination which also includes drug testing is required prior to the employment. We will also carry out a security clearance prior to the employment for the selected person.