Postdoc­toral re­searcher, Var­jos­alo labor­at­ory of Molecu­lar Sys­tems Biology / Patho­logy – University of Helsinki



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The HiLIFE – Institute of Biotechnology, Varjosalo laboratory of Molecular Systems Biology / Pathology, invites applications for a


The Varjosalo lab has a longstanding interest in the global and comprehensive understanding of how key cellular signaling molecules; protein kinases, protein phosphatases and transcription factors mediate their signaling potential and how the signaling is changed in diseases in the immunology and oncology axis, and more recently Covid-19. For this purpose, we have developed experimental and computational methods to identify the protein-interactions formed by these signaling molecules. Additionally, we employ quantitative mass spectrometry -based proteomics to assess the protein abundance changes, as well as phosphorylation status of the tissues/cells. Furthermore, combining the data from the different sets of ‘omics’ data (proteomics, HTS and HiSeq), allows us to generate global and systems level understanding on how disease-causing mutations mediate their effects, also enabling the development of therapeutic or diagnostic approaches.

We are seeking a post doc that has extensive practical experience in standard biochemistry/molecular biology/cell biological methods, ideally encompassing proteomics and microscopic techniques and/or bioinformatics. The ideal candidate is an adaptable team-player with excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and good organizational skills.

This position will provide multiple opportunities for collaborations with potential lab visits abroad and cross-disciplinary scientific exchange, when applicable. An attitude to drive own research and work in an intra and inter team fashion is highly appreciated. In return, the candidate is offered access to a wide variety of methodologies and advanced techniques, appropriate supervision and help in career development.
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The position is initially limited to 2 years with a possibility of extension starting from October 2020. A trial period of 6 months will be applied, and the salary will be based on the Universities salary scheme for teaching and research personnel composed of both task specific and personal performance components.

The deadline for the applications is 25th of September, but the position will be filled immediately once a suitable candidate has been identified.

Application should include the following documents as a single pdf file: CV, list of publications, motivation letter including a description of your research interests, and the names and telephone numbers of at least two referees.

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the ‘Apply for job’ button. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) submit their applications through the SAP HR portal.

For further information please contact Research Director Markku Varjosalo, PhD

Due date

25.09.2020 23:59 EEST