Research technician, Laboratory of Structural Biology – University of Helsinki



University of Helsinki is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. Helsinki Institute of Life Science HiLIFE is an independent research institute that supports high-quality life science research across University campuses and faculties. Institute of Biotechnology BI, a part of HiLIFE, is an internationally renowned research institute with an inclusive and curiosity-driven working culture. The research activities are carried out in research groups joined into three multidisciplinary research programs. For more information, please visit https://www.helsinki.fi/hilife/bi.

The Laboratory of Structural Biology, headed by the Institute’s Director, Prof. Juha Huiskonen, is seeking a research technician. Candidates should have a degree in molecular or cell biology, biotechnology, or equivalent suitable qualification, and have demonstrated experience in mammalian cell culture. Additionally, excellent skills in basic molecular biology techniques are required. Prior experience in (membrane) protein purification is a benefit but not a requirement. We expect proficiency in written and spoken English in addition to good planning and communication skills. 

Your role is to work independently in assisting researchers in their day-to-day research tasks. We offer you a highly supportive, collaborative, and international research environment. Our research is aimed at understanding the structure and function of cellular macromolecular complexes and enveloped viruses. We apply a range of methods, including cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM), advanced fluorescence microscopy methods, and correlative imaging. The working language of the laboratory is English. For more information, please visit https://www.helsinki.fi/lsb.

The starting salary is defined in accordance with the University’s salary system for specialist and support staff (ca. 2300¬–2650 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience, with a discretionary range of up to 3255 euros/month). The position is initially made for two years, with the possibility of renewal. A trial period of six months will be applied. The position will be filled as soon as possible, or as agreed with the selected candidate.

University of Helsinki welcomes applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background, or minority group. The University offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care, supported access to high-quality sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. For more information, please visit https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers/why-university-helsinki.

The deadline for the applications is March 31, 2023, but candidates will be considered until the position is filled. Please contact Juha Huiskonen (juha.huiskonen(at)helsinki.fi) for more information about the position.
To apply, please send (in a single PDF document) a cover letter describing your previous work tasks and motivation to apply, and your detailed CV, as well as contact information for two references. Submit your application through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the “Apply now” link below.