Postdoctoral Researcher position School of Pharmacy, Kuopio Campus at The University of Eastern Finland


The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,000 students and 2,800 members of staff. We operate on three campuses in Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading 300 universities in the world.

The Faculty of Health Sciences operates at the Kuopio Campus of the University of Eastern Finland. The Faculty offers education in medicine, dentistry 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 2 500 degree students and about 450 PhD students in the Faculty. The number of staff adds up to almost 700 experts. http://www.uef.fi/en/ttdk/etusivu

We are now inviting applications for

a Postdoctoral Researcher position School of Pharmacy, Kuopio Campus

A person to be appointed as a postdoctoral researcher shall hold a suitable doctoral degree. Positions of postdoctoral researchers shall always be filled for a fixed term (UEF Administrative Regulations 30 §). The doctoral degree should be in cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacy, or an equivalent closely related field.

The doctoral degree may not have been completed more than five years ago at the time of accepting the position. In this context, the 5 years refer to a net period of time, which does not include maternity leaves, parental leaves, or military service, etc.

The language requirements associated with the position are defined in the Government Decree 770/2009. Members of the university’s teaching and research staff are required to have command of the language they give teaching in (Finnish or Swedish). The Dean of the faculty may grant an exemption from the language proficiency requirements laid down in the Government Decree.

The research group (http://www.uef.fi/eye/io) constitutes part of the emerging research areas identified in the strategy of the university. We are looking for an energetic and committed researcher to work on research projects focused on revealing mechanisms of age-related macular degeneration and developing new therapy options for the disease. The work will include determination of cellular responses and deciphering intracellular signalling.

We are primarily looking for a researcher with solid experience in cell laboratory work, capability of planning research projects, as well as ability to perform fluently basic protein chemistry and immunology methodology. An organised, independent, and problem-solving working attitude is expected, and the applicant should have an ambition for improving existing methodology. Our group offers a chance to work together with both basic researchers and clinicians in a truly translational setting.

The position will be filled initially for one year preferably from 1.4.2017 to 31.3.2018. Positions of postdoctoral researchers shall always be filled for a fixed term (UEF Administrative Regulations 30 §).

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on level 5 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (€2.865.30/ month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 46.3% of the job requirement component.

For further information on the position, please contact: Associate Professor, Academy Research Fellow Anu Kauppinen, anu.kauppinen@uef.fi. For further information on the application procedure, please contact Administrative Secretary Seija Koistinen, +358 -40 – 355 2440, Seija.Koistinen@uef.fi.

A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:

  •  a résumé or CV
  •  a list of publications
  •  a portfolio of teaching merits
  •  copies of the applicant’s academic degree certificates/ diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to the applicant’s language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas
  •  a cover letter describing the applicant’s motivation, future career plans, and previous achievements
  •  two recommendation letters

The application needs to be submitted no later than 31.1.2017 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form: https://rekry.saima.fi/certiahome/aew.html?job_id=3145&jc=21