Postdoctoral Researcher or Project Researcher, Neurosciences – 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 membershttp://www.uef.fi/en/ttdk/etusivuWe are now inviting applications for

a Postdoctoral Researcher / Project Researcher
 (Neurosciences) position, 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 and experienced postdoctoral researcher or project researcher to join a highly dynamic group 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 on the impact of environmental exposures on brain health. More details on research interests can be found at https://www.uef.fi/en/web/aivi/katjakanninen-group 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.If the doctoral degree has been awarded more than five years ago, the post will be one of a Project Researcher. The person to be appointed to the Project Researcher Position is required to hold a doctoral degree.
The candidate should have a PhD in Neuroscience or related discipline with experience in at least two of the following:Single-cell omicsEpigenetic assaysIn vitro culture of neurons and/or glial cellsHuman stem cell-based modelsAnimal handling including drug administration, behavioural testing or microsurgeryBiomarker discovery and validationExperience in routine biochemical assays 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. Good knowledge of written and spoken English are essential. It is required that the applicant provides the names and contact details of at least two academic referees. Recommendation letters are encouraged.
The position is filled for a fixed term, one year period starting from 1.1.2020 or as agreed. The position is filled for a fixed term due to the duration of the project.

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: Katja Kanninen, +358 29 4454202, katja.kanninen@uef.fi. For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR Secretary Asta Suhonen, tel. +358 29 4454125, 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
– a personal statement describing the applicant’s research interests, work experience and relevant skills for the position
– contact information (and recommendation letters if available) of two referees
he application needs to be submitted no later than 27.11.2019 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.