Doctoral Researcher, Role of hypoxia signaling in cartilage health – Research unit of Health Sciences and Technology/Faculty of Medicine and Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu



About the job

I am looking for a Doctoral Researcher for a maximum of four years, starting at the earliest on 01.01.2023. The applied position is under the Emerging projects programme 2023-2026 within Biocenter Oulu, which offers a high-level international multidisciplinary environment supplied with cutting-edge infrastructures for biomedical research.

About the project: Healthy cartilage functions in an environment with low oxygen levels (normoxia) and changes in oxygen sensing have been associated with osteoarthritis. This project aims to clarify hypoxia signaling in cartilage with varying mechanical loading and oxygen pressures. Ultimately our research aims to identify potential therapeutic molecules that can prevent cartilage degeneration and osteoarthritis.

Requirements: You must hold a Master’s degree or an equivalent degree (e.g. licentiate) preferably in biomedical engineering, biotechnology, mechanical engineering or medical/biomedical physics. In this project, it would be beneficial to have some of the following skills:

  • Biomechanical testing of tissues
  • Tissue and cell cultures
  • Sample processing for histology and other methods for tissue composition
  • Gene expression analysis
  • Microscopy (polarized, confocal, x-ray microscopy) and quantitative image analysis

I am open to candidates with various backgrounds. Please describe in your motivation letter what skills you have and what you would need or like to learn during doctoral studies.

What is Offered

  • You will be placed in a highly talented research group, working to solve globally significant research problems in the field of Orthopaedic Research.
  • In addition to modern research facilities, we offer you personnel benefits such as free occupational healthcare, support for sports services, and endless opportunities to develop your skills and competences.
  • Regular salary is paid 12 months per year, including paid leave and an additional holiday bonus in the summer.
  • The employed person will be insured by the university and provided occupational healthcare. The Finnish government provides benefits to residents and their families, for example, the possibility to the national healthcare system and high-quality affordable childcare and school services.

Salary and key terms: Salary is roughly 2200 – 2700 € (before taxes) per month for an early-stage researcher, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and progress of the doctoral thesis. The positions are fixed term for a maximum of four years starting earliest on 1 st of January 2023. A trial period of 6 months is applied to the position.

How To Apply: Applications must be submitted through the online system (Saima) by 6 November 2022, 23:59 (Finnish local time), with the following attachments as three separate pdf files (please note that the online system has a maximum size limit of attachments):

  • Complete CV containing contact information of at least two referees and a list of journal and conference publications (if any).
  • Motivation letter describing prior knowledge, research interests, and career plans.
  • Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees (MSc and BSc or equivalent).

Applications sent by email will not be considered. The eligible applicants fitting best in the research profile expected for the position may be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.