Postdoctoral Researcher, Bioinformatics & Computational Sciences – The research group led by Assistant Professor Vittorio Fortino, Institute of Biomedicine, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio



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We are now inviting applications for

a Postdoctoral Researcher (Bioinformatics & Computational Sciences), School of Medicine, Institute of Biomedicine, Kuopio Campus (extended application period)

A Postdoctoral Researcher position is available in the research group led by Assistant Professor Vittorio Fortino in the Institute of Biomedicine, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences (UEF) in Kuopio. The group focuses on developing and applying advanced computational approaches to tackle biomedical questions such as biomarker and drug discovery. Applicants with background in bioinformatics analysis of omics data and machine learning are encouraged to apply. More information on the research and the group is found at https://www3.uef.fi/en/web/biomedicine/vittorio-fortino-group

The position is part of a project aiming to use Artificial Intelligence methods to efficiently mine big biomedical data and quickly assess multivariate biomarker hypotheses formulated from multiple biomedical data sources, including biological knowledge networks, larger-scale genomics and clinical data. The post-doc employed will work on bioinformatics methods integrating biological knowledge, clinical and multi-omics data in a systems biology framework to characterize disease-relevant mechanisms and identify biomarkers.

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 post-doc employed will have a central role in developing and applying approaches for the processing and analysis of omics data as well as machine learning within this project. He/She will have an inquisitive mindset, a proactive attitude, and the desire to further develop his/her skills for data science.

Applicants must hold a PhD or an equivalent degree within a relevant field, e.g. bioinformatics or informatics, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.

  • A solid quantitative and computational (informatics/computer science) background is required.
  • Solid knowledge and practical experience in bioinformatics is required.
  • Experience from analysis of omics data including RNA-seq is required.
  • Experience programming in a relevant programming language (e.g., R and Python) is required.
  • Practical experience working with machine learning methods is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a team.
  • Applicants must have good skills in oral and written English. 

Previous research experience and ambitions will also count during the evaluation process. 

The position is filled for a fixed-term of one year and four months with a possibility of extension. The full-time position will start in October 2020, or later by agreement. The position is filled fixed term due to PROFI-funded project work.

The salary of the position 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: Assistant Prof. Vittorio Fortino, +358 29 445 4197, vittorio.fortino@uef.fi. For further information on the application procedure, please contact  saima-asiattt@uef.fi.

A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The electronic application should contain the following appendices (all in English):
a résumé or CV
a list of publications
– contact information of two references, and possible reference letters
– 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

The application needs to be submitted no later than 21.9.2020 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.