Doctoral Reseacher position at Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

15.5.2022 | Avoimet työpaikat

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We at the University of Oulu work as part of the international science community to produce new scientific information and science-based solutions. We are committed to educate future pioneers to build a more sustainable, intelligent and humane world. Creating new, taking responsibility and succeeding together are values that build a strong foundation for all our actions. We offer a working environment where individuals can cultivate their skills, do meaningful work, and develop professionally. Our university’s several specialized research and service units enable extensive and diverse development and career opportunities for experts in various fields.

We now have opening for a 4-year

Doctoral researcher position

in microfluidics and biosensors group, led by Prof. Caglar Elbuken (https://www.oulu.fi/fbmm/caglar_elbuken) in the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Oulu. The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Ilya Skovorodkin and Prof. Seppo Vainio as well (https://www.oulu.fi/fbmm/seppo_vainio).

Job description:

This position is a unique opportunity at the intersection of biology and engineering opened by two closely collaborating research teams at Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine. In addition to a variety of multidisciplinary research topics, our teams focus on development of organoids, lab-on-a-chip systems, microfluidic network growth and organogenesis. Our ERC (https://erc.europa.eu/about-erc/mission) project is on understanding the fundamental principles and implications of bifurcating network growth. Specifically, we are interested in red blood cell flow dynamics in blood vessel network. Organoid vascularization is an important bottleneck in the field that will be studied as an application of the microfluidic bifurcating system in developing of next generation in vitro models: “Human organoids: body-on-a-chip”.

Our goal is to understand the vascularization process during organ development. We aim to reveal the impact of non-uniform oxygenation due to discreteness of red blood cell flow at capillary level and its effect on the corresponding tissue and vessel network growth. Additionally, kidney organoids will be developed to study simultaneous growth of two biological networks where the in vitro vascularization will be quantified on in vitro developed kidney models. Our research groups perform interdisciplinary research at the intersection of developmental biology, cell biology, biochemistry and engineering.

The successful candidate will be provided training on the design, manufacturing and implementation of microfluidic systems. These microfluidic systems will be tested on chicken embryo model and later applied for development of “vessel network on chip” model. Broad range of modern methods of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology will be offered to learn and mastering. The doctoral researcher will be enrolled in the Health and Bioscience Doctoral Programme of the University of Oulu Graduate school, which provides support in theoretical and practical training. The position is fixed-term for 4 years in an ERC funded project and it targets to completion of a Doctoral thesis and multiple publications in high-ranked international journals.

Required qualifications and assessment

The successful applicants must hold a Master’s degree in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics or a related field. The applicants close to finishing their Master’s degrees will be considered eligible to apply. The degree must be completed prior to beginning the employment.

Fluent oral and written English skills, good communication and teamwork skills are required. Experience in academic writing and presentation skills is required. Experience with microfluidic systems is an asset. Research experience in a multidisciplinary and multinational environment will be taken as merits. When assessing the applicant’s qualifications, issues to be considered will include research experience, interest and capacity in multidisciplinary research and independent working capability.

What we offer

  • Regular salary is paid 12 months per year, including paid leave and an additional holiday bonus in the summer.
  • University´s wide variety of support services are at your disposal, allowing you to focus on your studies and research / work. You will be provided opportunity free occupational health care provided by the university.In addition to modern research facilities, we offer personnel benefits such as sport services, social activities organized by the university and endless opportunities to develop your skills and competences.
  • The successful candidate will also receive benefits provided by the Finnish government to residents, for example possibility to obtain access to the national healthcare system, the benefits of the Nordic welfare state, tax benefits for employees with children and high-quality, affordable childcare services.

Position and salary

The position is fixed term for a maximum of four-year period. The employment begins on September 1st, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. A six-month trial period is applied in the position.

The salary will be set on levels 2 – 4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, supplementary remuneration will be paid for personal achievement and performance (max. 50 %). In practice, the salary is roughly 2300 – 2600 € (before taxes) per month for an early stage researcher, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and progress of the doctoral thesis.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted in English using the electronic application form by June 30th, 2022 (23:59 Finnish local time, EET), with the following attachments as separate pdf files. Applications will be evaluated upon arrival, early application is suggested.

1) CV with contact information of at least three referees

2) Motivation letter with a short description of research merits, experience and motivation (max. 2 pages)

3) Diplomas: Scanned copies of diplomas and transcripts of previous degrees.

4) (optional) A maximum of 3 selected publications (refereed journal articles and/or master’s thesis)

Applications should be submitted through the online system. The short-listed candidates will be invited to an online interview, where they are expected to summarize their research experience and their motivation in applying for this position.

Further information: Please contact Prof. Caglar Elbuken, caglar.elbuken (at) oulu.fi,
or Dr. Ilya Skovorodkin, ilya.skovorodkin (at) oulu.fi, if you need further information on the position.


Doc­to­ral Re­searc­her in Plant Ge­ne­tics

24.1.2022 | Avoimet työpaikat


The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary
research. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff
members. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including
occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional
development. The International Staff Services office assists employees from abroad with their transition
to work and life in Finland.

The Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme (OEB) of the Faculty of Biological and
Environmental Sciences comprises roughly 40 research groups which employ 40 principal investigators
and 120 researchers. The research programme is situated in the Viikki science park.

The Organismal and Evolutionary Research Programme invites applications for a


The doctoral student will be employed full-time for a fixed term of two years in the research group of
assoc. prof. Roosa Laitinen. The earliest starting date is 1st April 2022 or by a mutual agreement.

Roosa Laitinen´ s research group utilizes both global and local accessions of Arabidopsis thaliana to
understand the mechanisms of plant adaptation and evolution. We combine methods of genetics and
genomics to state-of-art molecular methods that are available for Arabidopsis. Our aim is to identify
genes that allow plants to adapt to changing environments and to translate the knowledge to improve
crop plants.

We are seeking a doctoral student to work on a project investigating the genetic factors underlying
plasticity in flowers and in leaves in response to different environments in A. thaliana. The aim is to use
take advantage of the natural variation in A. thaliana and use GWA analysis together with transgenic and
mutant approaches to identify genes that regulate growth plasticity in A. thaliana.

We seek highly motivated candidates with excellent communicational skills, and who can work both
independently and in team environments. Fluency in English is expected. The candidate should have
MSc degree in genetics, molecular biology, biology or related fields and to have proven academic ability
to take initiative and think independently as well as experience in working with plants.
For more information, contact assoc. prof. Roosa Laitinen: Roosa.Laitinen@helsinki.fi

The position is fixed-term (24 months) with a six-month probation period and requires traveling. Salary is based on levels 2-4 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance with the overall salary amounting to approximately 2200−3000 €/month (gross) depending on the stage of the doctoral studies and work performance. Standard Finnish pension benefits,
occupational health care and health insurance are provided for the University employees. The University offers comprehensive services including sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.

PhD degree consists of the student’s own research work and studies specific to the doctoral candidate’s
discipline or research field, as well as transferable skills training, and career orientation and guidance (40
ECTS). English is the primary language of study in doctoral education. The University has 4,700 doctoral
students, one-fourth of them international students, and awards approximately 500 doctoral degrees
annually. The successful candidate will apply for the right to study for a doctoral degree in a PhD
program of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/

Application should include the following documents as a single pdf file: motivational letter (max 1 page)
and CV (max 2 pages). Include also contact information of two persons who can provide a reference
letter based on request.

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply link.
Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via
the SAP HR portal. The deadline for submitting the application is 15th February 2022.

3 Doctoral Researchers in Biological and Environmental Science

14.12.2021 | Avoimet työpaikat


Applications are invited for three 4-year fully funded PhD positions in Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä in Finnish Lakeland


starting on August 1st 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter, contract length maximum of four years.

Qualifications we are looking for

The Doctoral Programme in Biological and Environmental Science offers doctoral education in Aquatic Science, Ecology and Evolution Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology and Environmental Science. The selected Doctoral Researcher will be assigned to the appropriate research group in the Department. Read more information about the application and the projects in which the PhD project will be made on the web page ”Open doctoral researcher positions”. 

You are the person we are looking for if you have 

  • A Master’s degree, or are about to obtain a Master’s degree, in a relevant discipline. 
  • Strong interest to the research project applied for.
  • Curiosity and interest in fundamental scientific questions.
  • Ability and motivation to work as part of a team, combined with independence and problem-solving skills.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Doctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The MSc degree required for the position must have been completed before starting the position. A good command of English is required. The study right for a postgraduate degree required in the position is applied for from the Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences after selection, unless the applicant already has one. 

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

At the University of Jyväskylä, you are a recognized member of our community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. You get to participate in our international and multidisciplinary community where the welfare of each individual is important. At the University of Jyväskylä, we offer a great and lively campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

Finland has a high standard of living, with free schooling (also in English), affordable childcare, good family benefits, and healthcare. Jyväskylä is located in central Finland in the Finnish Lake District having excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The city of Jyväskylä is a major educational center with a large student population and a vibrant cultural atmosphere. For more information regarding the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University’s International Staff Guide.

The selected applicant will be paid a standard Finnish PhD salary. The annual salary for a Doctoral Researcher will be approximately 28,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus). With progress of the thesis work, the salary will be revised in accordance with the Collective Agreement of Finnish Universities. A trial period of six months will be used in the beginning of the employment.

How to apply?

The application documents that should be included in PDF format:

  1. Curriculum vitae including publications and contact information of two academics who can provide reference letters
  2. Motivation letter including a statement of research interests. It should be clearly identified the project which is applied for.
  3. Relevant certificates / diplomas (or the date of completion the MSc)
  4. Other relevant documents
  5. English language test record (case dependent) 

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by January 14, 2022. For further details, please contact supervisors mentioned in the web page ”Open doctoral researcher positions”.