Postdoctoral Researcher/Project Researcher, Cell Biology – Institute of Biomedicine, University of Eastern Finland (Kuopio campus)


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/Project Researcher (Cell Biology)
position, School of Medicine, Institute of Biomedicine, Kuopio Campus

The position will be based in the project “Focus on the basic biology of extracellular vesicles”, led by Kirsi Rilla and granted by Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

The project is focused on solving the mechanisms of extracellular vesicles (EV) biogenesis, their interactions with target cells and extracellular matrix. The aim of the project is to develop novel bioimaging methods for detection and analysis of EVs. Methods to be used during the project include, e.g., 2D and 3D cell cultures, electron and confocal microscopy, Western blot and flow cytometry. Testing and development of novel methods for EV isolation and analysis is also an essential aim of this project.

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). 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 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 language requirements associated with the position are defined in the Government Decree 770/2009. Members of the university’s teaching and research staff are required to have command of the language they give teaching in (Finnish or Swedish). The Dean of the faculty may grant an exemption from the language proficiency requirements laid down in the Government Decree.

A successful Postdoctoral/Project Researcher candidate has wide experience in cellular biology methods. Experience or special interest in biological imaging, imaging software and image analysis as well as in fluorescence applications are preferable. Experience in electron microscopy is considered an advantage. Previous experience in EV biology and analysis is also desired. Good knowledge of written and spoken English is essential. An ideal candidate will have a high degree of independence, motivation, enthusiasm and commitment. The position will include teaching in suitable areas, and the teaching language may be English.

The position is filled for a fixed term from 1.1.2019 to 31.12.2021 (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 (€2,893.95/ month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 46.3% of the job requirement component.

For further information on the position, please contact: Kirsi Rilla, tel. +358 29 4454255, kirsi.rilla@uef.fi. For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR Secretary Tellervo Rajanto, tel. +358 29 445 4278, tellervo.rajanto@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 (http://www.aka.fi/en/funding/how-to-apply/application-guidelines/guidelines-for-list-of-publications/guidelines-for-complete-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 motivation letter
– possible recommendation letters from previous and recent supervisors/Pls.

The application needs to be submitted no later than 31.10.2018 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.