Three Post-graduate and post-doctoral scientists for cell therapy research and development projects – Finnish Red Cross Blood Service, Helsinki



We are looking for three research scientists in cell and molecular biology to research and R&D projects focusing on genetic modification of T cells and NK cells with CARs.

​The Finnish Red Cross Blood Service has a strategic interest in the development of novel cell therapeutics. Presently, mesenchymal stromal cells are being manufactured at the Advanced Cell Therapy Centre for treatment of patients, and we are also participating in an industry-led R&D project aiming at developing a Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR)-equipped T-cell product for patient treatment.

The projects

One research project is funded as part of 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 they will be supervised by and carry out their work at the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service in Helsinki. 

Another project is a collaborative project between the University of Helsinki and the Blood Service and funded by the Finnish Cancer Foundation (funding secured for 2021-22 and further funding will be sought), and the scientist will be similarly supervised at and carry out their work at the Blood Service. 

The third project is financed by the pharmaceutical industry and aims at developing new CAR T-cell therapeutics, aiming for clinical translation.
For these projects, two post-doctoral and one post-graduate researcher aiming at a PhD degree are sought. One of the post-doctoral scientists will to devote a part (10-20%) of his/her time to laboratory management.
We hope you could start your work in January-April of 2021. 
The projects are conducted in collaboration with research groups from the University of Helsinki and University of Eastern Finland. Your work involves planning the research, carrying out experiments as well as interpreting and reporting the results. You will operate within a research group focusing on developing novel immune cell technologies.

Skills and experience 

You have a suitable university degree and strong experience of cell culture. Experience in immunology and molecular biology will be helpful. The projects will employ animal tumor models but prior experience is not mandatory. The work requires self-driven and motivated scientists with previous experience in research. Collaboration and communication skills are also important. Describe in your application the experimental techniques in cell culture, immunology and molecular biology that you master, and the extent of your experience in these techniques, your motivation for academic research and lab-work, as well as possible references.

How to apply and inquiries

For more information please contact senior medical officer Matti Korhonen matti.korhonen@veripalvelu.fi, tel. 050 396 9450 (telephone time 5.1. 13-15 and 7.1. 13-15) or professor Kim Vettenranta Kim.Vettenranta@hus.fi , tel. 050 513 0984. Eventual interviews will be conducted virtually. 

Submit your application by 8.1.2021 16.00 via our application form.