Director of FIMM Technology Centre – Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM)



The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) is an international research unit focusing on human genomics and personalised medicine at the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) of the University of Helsinki – a leading Nordic university with a strong commitment to life science research. As part of Academic Medical Center Helsinki in Meilahti campus FIMM collaborates locally with the Faculty of Medicine, Helsinki University Hospital and National Institute for Health and Welfare. FIMM is part of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, composed of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the centres for molecular medicine in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and the EU-LIFE Community.

FIMM is currently seeking

Director of FIMM Technology Centre

We seek an experienced candidate to provide operational and strategic leadership at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) Technology Centre. FIMM Technology Centre consists of nine core facilities that support both local and national research communities. The total number of staff is 50 and each facility is run by a senior staff member supported by a team of technology experts. Current services include biobanking, sample preparation, genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics, single-cell technologies, drug sensitivity screening, high-content imaging, and digital microscopy & molecular pathology. Most facilities also provide relevant data processing and bioinformatics services. All facilities are open access with the majority of users coming from Finnish universities and academic research institutions, though industry and international users are common.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and developing FIMM Technology Centre. This will include direct line management of a number of staff scientists leading technology teams or critical services, as well as an overall responsibility for a variety of tasks including budgets, pricing, and recruitment. The person will also support the FIMM Director in making strategic decisions on space usage and major instrument purchases, and will join a group of Research Directors at FIMM that work with the Director to define overall institutional strategy and direction.

A critical part of the role is ensuring that FIMM Technology Centre services align with the needs of FIMM research groups and the wider research community. To do this, the candidate will be able to use up to 20% of their working time on their own research with focus on method/technology development. Limited internal funds will be available to support these activities with the expectation that these will primarily be supported by securing external funding.

The candidate will join relevant internal and external decision-making groups to advocate the use of available services, and to recognise unmet technological needs of the research community. They will have a key role in the further development of life science research infrastructure programme at the University of Helsinki including the identification of potential synergies between existing core facilities, and will participate in the exchange of best practices to increase operational robustness and to minimise service overlap across campuses. The ideal candidate will have sufficient experience to lead local and/or national technology platform networks and represent FIMM and the Finnish research community in international networks.

We value candidates with strong leadership skills and vision in developing sustainable services that will serve the research community optimally. We are seeking candidates with an excellent record of accomplishments in leading research core facilities or wider infrastructures, preferably in an academic setting. In addition to a keen interest in technology development and management, particular value will be given to candidates with significant national and international contacts and familiarity with the emerging trends in technologies relevant to FIMM research grand challenges.

The working language of FIMM is English, so excellent communication skills in English are required. The salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications based on the University salary system. The position is initially for five years, starts as soon as possible upon mutual agreement and may be renewed upon evaluation and mutual agreement. The post will include a trial period of 6 months.

Applications should include a 1-page cover letter summarising the applicant’s career and future plans and a CV including the names of three references. We also request an outline for the vision of FIMM Technology Centre development and operations (max three pages) that emphasises support for FIMM research.

Please submit your application, together with the attachments, as a single pdf file through the University of Helsinki recruitment system by clicking on the Apply button.

Application deadline is 9 October 2022 .

For further information, please visit our website at https://www.fimm.fi/en/services/technology-centre

For further information or questions related to the recruitment process, please contact FIMM Director Mark Daly fimm-director@helsinki.fi or FIMM TC Director Katja Kivinen katja.kivinen@helsinki.fi .

For technical support with the recruitment system, please contact rekrytointi@helsinki.fi .

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