Postdoctoral Researcher (Microstructural Imaging) – A.I. Virtanen Institute, 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 2,500 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/etusivu

We are now inviting applications for

a Postdoctoral Researcher (Microstructural Imaging) position, Faculty of Health Sciences, A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences, Kuopio Campus

We are seeking a highly motivated person with an engineering/computation/physics background interested in working in a multidisciplinary project. The work will involve applying new and advanced image processing methods to analyse 3D electron microscopy datasets of the brain. The ultimate goal will be modelling and simulation of the obtained data to diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) in order to correlate imaging information to tissue ultrastructure. The research work will be conducted at the A. I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences. The candidate will be supervised by Research Director Alejandra Sierra López in collaboration with Associate Professor Jussi Tohka’s research groups. The ideal candidate has experience and/or studies in signal processing, image processing or machine learning. Prior experience in medical or biological imaging is a plus but not required. The candidate is required to be proficient in English and have programming experience in Matlab and/or Python.

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 position is filled for a two-year period starting from 1.2.2020 or as agreed. Position is filled for fixed-term due to the 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 (€2,935.55/ 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: Research Director Alejandra Sierra López, +358 44 2746 948, For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR-secretary Asta Suhonen, +358 29 4454 125, 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
– a list of publications
– 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
– motivation letter
– recommendation letters and/or contact information from two previous and/or recent supervisors

The application needs to be submitted no later than 19.12.2019 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.