Doctoral student, Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine



We are now looking for a highly motivated Doctoral Student to join the research group of Daniela Ungureanu to work on a project focused to understand the molecular basis of omental metastasis in ovarian cancer. The research project is carried out under Fibrobesity programme funded by the Academy of Finland, targeting obesity-related fibrotic pathologies.

The faculty and the research group
Applications are invited for a full-time fixed-term doctoral student position for a period of four years in the Disease Networks Unit, at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine (FBMM). The Cancer Signaling group led by Daniela Ungureanu works on the Wnt-receptor pseudokinases signaling involved in cancer development and the application of functional precision medicine for targeted therapies in cancer. The research project focuses on the role of Wnt-signaling in cancer development such as ovarian cancer, to understand the molecular basis for chemoresistance. The main tasks for the research project include working with mammalian and patient-derived tissue cultures and performing a variety of molecular biology methods.

Selected lab publications:
Karvonen et al., Oncogene 2019, PMID: 30631148; Karvonen et al, Cell Death and Disease, 2020, PMID: 32989221; Sheetz et al., Mol Cell, 2020, PMID: 32619402.

Qualification requirements
The successful candidate for the doctoral student position must possess a Master´s degree in the field of molecular biology, biochemistry or translational cancer research. The candidate should have a strong interest in learning cutting-edge methods related to translational, molecular and biochemistry research. Previous demonstrated research experience in molecular biology and basic bioinformatics skills is considered a significant advantage. The selected candidate should be able to work independently as well as in a group with a drive to excel in research. Fluency in both written and spoken English is required. Most importantly, we expect the candidate to have a strong motivation to conduct high-level research in molecular medicine.

What we offer
We offer a research environment with excellent technological facilities and a motivating and supporting international community at the FBMM, University of Oulu. We can also offer access to state-of-the-art facilities located at Oulu, Finland as well as across Europe for doing cutting edge research in cancer research and precision medicine. You will be working in a highly talented research group supported by an excellent network of collaborators in Finland and abroad. University´s wide variety of support services are at your disposal, allowing you to focus on research work. The position is fixed-term 4-year starting at the earliest date in 2022. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

The salary will be based on the demand levels 2 – 4 of the salary system of Finnish Universities for teaching and research personnel. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). Starting gross salary will be approx. 2,400 – 2,500 € per month.

How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by  January 9, 2022 (23:59 Finnish local time). The application should be written in English and include the following:
1) A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) summarizing applicant’s educational background, professional experience and describing why the applicant is interested in this position.
2) A complete Curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) preferably in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae including a list of publications (if available) and contact information of two referees who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.
3) Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of the original master´s degree certificate and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English.

Only applications containing all relevant appendices and submitted through the online recruitment system will be considered. Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.

Further information
For further information, informal enquires can be sent to Daniela Ungureanu by E-mail [daniela.ungureanu(at)helsinki.fi] with a subject line “Regarding doctoral student position”.