Postdoctoral researcher (Atherosclerosis Research, specialization Immunology and/or Genetics), 2 positions – 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 15,500 students and 2,700 members of staff. We operate in Joensuu and Kuopio. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading 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, nutrition 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 faculty has 680 staff members. http://www.uef.fi/en/ttdk/etusivuWe are now inviting applications for

two Postdoctoral Researcher positions
in Atherosclerosis Research (specialization Immunology and/or Genetics), at the University of Eastern Finland, Faculty of Health Sciences, A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences, Kuopio Campus.  The Cardiovascular Genomics Laboratory led by Associate Professor Minna Kaikkonen-Määttä at the A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences in Kuopio https://uefconnect.uef.fi/en/group/cardiovascular-genomics-kaikkonen-lab/ is looking for motivated postdocs with a successful publication record and holding a PhD degree in molecular / cell / systems biology, immunology, genomics, genetics, or in a related field. The overall goal of the lab is to elucidate cell-type specific mechanisms that underlie the development of atherosclerosis. We employ a wide array of next-generation sequencing methods to study disease-associated gene regulatory mechanisms in primary human cell cultures and mouse models of disease. Our research also makes use of large population cohorts (e.g. UK Biobank) to study mechanisms of disease susceptibility and gene-environment interactions. Here, our main interest is to understand the function of non-coding variants located within cell type specific regulatory elements (enhancers and promoters).

Applicants are encouraged to indicate one or more potential matches to the following research areas:
• High throughput assays (CRISPR genetic screens, cell-based drug screening, single cell sequencing, RNA-binding protein profiling)
• Experimental data analysis (RNA-Seq, single cell analysis; minimum requirement is solid skills in R)
• Immunology (especially macrophages in inflammatory diseases or atherosclerosis)
• Genetic epidemiology (statistical genetics, gene–environment interactions, machine learning, eQTL analysis)

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 University Regulations, Section 31).

The person to be appointed to the Postdoctoral Researcher Position is required to hold a doctoral degree, which 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 ideal candidate shows scientific independence but is also able to integrate as part of our highly international research team (currently 15 international members) that works towards a common goal. Very good written and spoken English is important. Together with the PI, he/she is jointly responsible for coordinating projects and supervising PhD students.

The positions are filled for a fixed term from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022. The positions are filled for a fixed-term due to it pertaining to a specific project.

The salary of the positions 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 (€2,967.84/ month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 50 % of the job requirement component.

For further information on the position, please contact: Associate Professor Minna Kaikkonen-Määttä, +358 29 445 4156, minna.kaikkonen@uef.fi.
For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR secretary Asta Suhonen, +358 29 445 4125, asta.suhonen@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 (http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)
– a list of publications (https://www.aka.fi/en/research-funding/apply-for-funding/how-to-apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines2/list-of-publications/)
– a one page statement of research interests, qualifications and motivation for applying for this position
– 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
– contact information of at least two persons who have agreed to give a reference for the applicant

 The application needs to be submitted no later than 6.11.2020 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.