Doctoral researcher / väitöskirjatutkija (protein-based vaccine technologies)

18.8.2022 | Avoimet työpaikat

Tampere University

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We are looking for 1-2 motivated Doctoral Researchers who have enthusiasm for the development of protein-based next-generation second-generation vaccine technologies against pandemic pathogens.

Job description

Business Finland, Tampere Tuberculosis Foundation and Finnish Cultural Foundation-funded project PREPARE at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology will demonstrate proof-of-concept for the functionality of our protein-based coronavirus vaccine, strongly emphasizing the identification of the optimal route of commercialization for the developed vaccine.

To strengthen our team, we are looking for highly motivated Doctoral Researchers to contribute to the research, proof-of-concept as well as commercialization activities of the developed vaccines. Full-time doctoral studies are expected to be completed in four years.


The project is intended for any suitable candidate with MSc degree in the field of molecular cell biology, biotechnology, immunology, protein engineering, process engineering, bioprocess development, immunobiology or any other relevant field connected to vaccine development, vaccine manufacturing or immunology. We value efficiency, perseverance, flexibility, positive team-player attitude, honesty, motivation, and skills to learn new things. In this regard, we greatly appreciate your success in your previous assignments. However, you may be able to convince your suitability to the project with successful application and interview as well. 

Extra credits are given if your track record shows experience from the following:

  • Protein engineering
  • Recombinant protein production in insect, mammalian and/or bacterial cells
  • Recombinant protein purification (especially with industrially compatible methods)
  • Proficiency in working in GLP-/GMP-compliant laboratories
  • Ability to create and adjust Standard Operating Procedures for the working environment and for the methodology
  • Quality control analyses for protein-based vaccines
  • Preclinical mouse work (and qualifications to design and conduct preclinical studies)
  • Immunological and safety analyses for the vaccine (especially determination of vaccine-specific T-cell immunity)
  • Commercialization activities of drugs and/or vaccines (patenting, IPR-strategy planning, customer contacting, investor dialogue)

Applicants are invited to describe their experience of the methods/assignments listed above. Successful applicants may complement each other’s skills. Successful applicants are expected to devote most of their time to research, commercialization activities, publishing and collaboration with other project members and international partners. 

Successful candidates must be pursuing or will be accepted to study towards a doctoral degree in the doctoral programme of the discipline. Please visit the admissions webpage https://www.tuni.fi/en/study-with-us/programmes/doctoral-programmes for more information on eligibility requirements.

The work will be done in cooperation with experienced researchers and the ideal candidate must be ready to learn new techniques/methods and continuously develop his/her skills, as well as be able to work in international environment. The work requires good/excellent command of English.

We Offer

The positions will be filled for a fixed-term period of 18 months and successful applicants are expected to apply funding for completion of their doctoral studies from Tampere University graduate school as well as private foundations. We hope the selected candidate(s) can start as soon as possible (earliest 1st of September, 2022) based on mutually agreed start date. A trial period of six months applies to all our new employees.

The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a doctoral researcher is placed on level 2-4 of the job requirements scale. The salary of the Doctoral Researcher follows the university policy. A typical starting salary for a Doctoral Researcher is about 2500 EUR per month. The salary increases based on experience and the progress of doctoral studies.  

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Please read more about working at Tampere University.

Our team is known for working hard with a humorous attitude, so you are welcome to enjoy our bad jokes, too!

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system (link below). The closing date for applications is 31st of August 2022 (at 23.59 EEST / UTC+3). Please write your application and all accompanying documents in English and attach them in PDF format.

Applications should include the following documents:

  • BSc and MSc degree certificates
  • Curriculum Vitae according to TENK guidelines
  • List of publications according to Academy of Finland guidelines
  • Reference letter at least from one person (with full contact details)
  • Motivation letter (max 1 page), where you introduce at least the following:
    • Yourself and present your qualifications
    • Your previous research fields and main research results
    • Your future goals and research/occupational focus
    • Salary expectation
    • When you would be able to start in the position

For more information, please contact:

Adjunct Professor Minna Hankaniemi, +358504176882 at following times:

  • 25 July, 2022 between: 9-10, 15-16 (EEST/UTC +3)
  • 1st August, 2022 between: 10-11, 14-16 (EEST/ UTC +3)

or by email: minna.hankaniemi@tuni.fi

// The application deadline has been extended to 31st of August 2022 (at 23.59 EEST / UTC+3). //


Tampereen yliopisto ja Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu muodostavat yhdessä Suomen toiseksi suurimman monitieteisen, innostavan ja vaikuttavan tutkimus- ja oppimisyhteisön. Korkeakouluyhteisömme osaamiskärjet ovat tekniikka, terveys ja yhteiskunta. Lue lisää: www.tuni.fi

Dosentti Minna Hankaniemen tutkimusryhmä lääketieteen ja terveysteknologian tiedekunnassa etsii 1-2 väitöskirjatutkijaa Business Finlandin Research to Business (R2B) hankkeeseen, jossa pyritään löytämään paras väylä kehitetyn proteiinipohjaisen koronarokoteteknologian kaupallistamiseen. Tutkimusryhmä keskittyy pääasiassa kehittämään toisen sukupolven proteiinipohjaisia rokoteteknologioita pandeemisia taudinaiheuttajia vastaan ja tutkimustyössä huomioidaan tutkimustulosten kaupallistamisen potentiaali ja pyritään rakentamaan tutkimustuloksista uutta liiketoimintaa.

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Lue tarkemmat tiedot tehtävästä ja hakuohjeet yllä olevasta englanninkielisestä ilmoituksesta. 

Jätäthän hakemuksesi yliopiston sähköisellä hakulomakkeella (linkki löytyy tämän ilmoituksen alta). Hakuaika tehtävään päättyy 31.8.2022 klo 23.59.

// Hakuaikaa on jatkettu 31.8.2022 klo 23:59 asti. //