Postdoctoral Researcher (Neurosciences) – 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/etusivu
We are now inviting applications for

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

The Kanninen research group funded by Horizon 2020 and the Academy of Finland is seeking a motivated postdoctoral researcher to join a highly dynamic team of researchers working on multiple aspects of neurodegeneration and mental health. The group utilizes murine and human in vitro cultures of brain cells, mouse disease models and patient material to investigate molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and mental disorders. The group is particularly interested in the impact of environmental exposures on brain health. More details on the group’s research interests can be found at https://uefconnect.uef.fi/en/group/neurobiology-of-disease/

The successful candidate will work on EU- and nationally funded projects related to environmental exposure impacts on brain health. The topics of investigation include viral infection and air pollutant exposure effects on brain cell function. The candidate should have a PhD in neuroscience or a related discipline with experience in some of the following techniques:

  • Primary cell culture
  • Molecular biology techniques
  • Single cell omics
  • Biomarker discovery and validation
  • Biostatistics
  • Animal handling including drug administration, behavioural testing or microsurgery

Extensive experience in routine analytical techniques such as Western blot, qPCR or immunohistology are expected.

The successful candidate will be committed and motivated, display independent thinking skills, and possess the ability to work independently while supervising students. Experienced postdoctoral researchers are strongly encouraged to apply. A proven ability in supervising junior colleagues will be an advantage. The candidate must be willing to contribute to writing peer-reviewed publications and applications for research funding. Good knowledge of written and spoken English as well as meticulous record-keeping are required. The candidate will need to provide the contact details of at least two academic referees. Recommendation letters are encouraged. Please submit a motivation letter containing a personal statement describing your research interests, work experience and relevant skills for the position.

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. Positions of postdoctoral researchers shall always be filled for a fixed term (UEF University Regulations, Section 31).

The position is filled for a fixed-term period from 19 October 2020 until 18 September 2021. The starting date of the position can be agreed. The position is filled for a fixed-term due to it pertaining to a specific project (Environmental factors and brain health project, 1.1.2020-18.09.2021).

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

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: Associate Professor Katja Kanninen, +358 29 445 4202, katja.kanninen@uef.fi. For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR-secretary Asta Suhonen, +358 29 445 4125, asta.suhonen@uef.fi. 

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 (including description of applicant’s research interests, work experience and relevant skills for the position)
– recommendation letter(s) (if available)

The application needs to be submitted no later than 1.10.2020 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.