Postdoctoral Researcher at the Internal Medicine Research Unit – University of Oulu



About the job

We at the University of Oulu work as part of the international science community to produce new scientific information and science-based solutions. We are committed to educate future pioneers to build a more sustainable, intelligent and humane world. Creating new, taking responsibility and succeeding together are values that build a strong foundation for all our actions. We offer a working environment where individuals can cultivate their skills, do meaningful work, and develop professionally. Our university’s several specialized research and service units enable extensive and diverse development and career opportunities for experts in various fields. More information: We are building the future with science!

We are now looking for a highly motivated

Postdoctoral researcher to join the research group of Associate Professor Eija Pirinen in a project aiming to understand mitochondrial dysfunction in obesity and develop novel mitochondria activating therapy options.


The position is a full-time fixed-term postdoctoral researcher position in the research group of Eija Pirinen, at the Internal Medicine Research Unit, the Faculty of Medicine. The research of the Pirinen lab aims to understand mechanisms behind mitochondrial dysfunction in obesity and to develop novel treatment options to boost mitochondrial function and promote weight loss success in obesity.

Open position is part of the project that uses the Pirinen lab recently established 3D cell culture model of human adipocytes to study mitochondrial metabolism in obesity and after different types of weight loss interventions and to screen mitochondria activating compounds. Both patient derived material (tissues, blood and cells) and commercial preadipocytes are used in these studies. The position is a full-time fixed-term position with the current funding available for a period of 2.5 years.

The research project is carried out under Fibrobesity programme funded by the Academy of Finland, targeting obesity-related fibrotic pathologies.

Qualification Requirements

The successful candidate for the postdoctoral researcher position must possess a doctoral degree completed not more than five years ago in the field of life sciences such as molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology or related fields. Prior experience in energy and mitochondrial metabolism, exercise physiology and cell culture experiments is considered as an advantage. You 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 you to have a high motivation to conduct high-level obesity and mitochondrial metabolism related research.

What We Offer

We offer a research environment with excellent technological facilities and a motivating and supporting international community at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu. We can also offer access to state-of-the-art methods and facilities located at Oulu, Finland as well as across Europe for doing cutting edge research in obesity and mitochondrial metabolism. We offer you a place in a highly talented research group, working to solve globally significant research problems. University´s wide variety of support services are at your disposal, allowing you to focus on research work.


The salary will be based on the demand level 5 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). Typical starting gross salary will be approx. 3400-3600€ per month, depending on qualifications. The position is fixed-term for 2.5 years starting at 1.7.2022 or according to the agreement. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

How To Apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by April 30, 2021 (23:59 Finnish local time). The application should be written in English and include the following:

  • A motivation letter (max. 1 page) summarizing applicant’s educational background, professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here.
  • A complete Curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) including a list of publications and contact information of at least two referees who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.
  • Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of the original doctoral 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 Eija Pirinen by E-mail Regarding postdoctoral researcher position”.