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The position is located in the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine of the University of Oulu (http://www.oulu.fi/fbmm/), whose mission is to perform internationally significant research and to deliver high-level undergraduate and post-graduate education in the fields of biochemistry and molecular medicine. The Faculty’s research focus areas are cell-extracellular matrix, protein science and cellular regulatory and metabolic networks and related diseases. The research lines are carried out by 14 research groups. The Faculty has collectively about 200 employees and about half of them are from abroad.
Subject field and the description of the position
Inflammation and fibrosis are worldwide significant health problems. Dysregulated immune responses are major contributors. The project aims at understanding the immunological mechanisms of fibrosis, especially focuses on investigating the role of helper T lymphocytes in inflammation and fibrosis. We will address the questions by using in vitro assays as well as in vivo disease models. Cutting-edge systems biology approaches, such as RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, proteomics and single-cell omics will apply.
The details of the research project will be mutually agreed upon, based on the qualifications, interests, and expertise of the candidate. Candidates with expertise on immunology and solid knowlwdge and working experience with cell biology or molecular biology will be considered.
The duration of the position is initially for 2 years with the possibility to be extended for 1 (postdoctoral fellow) or 2 (doctoral student) years. The starting date is March 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Required Qualifications and assessment
The successful applicant must hold a recent PhD degree (postdoctoral fellow) and a recent MSc degree (doctoral student) in life sciences. Candidates whose PhD thesis has been submitted by the application deadline will also be eligible. Experience with animal work is preferred. Fluent oral and written English skills as well as good communication and teamwork skills are required. Demonstrated experience in writing scientific publications, potential in acquiring supplementary funding and teaching experience will be taken as merits.
When assessing the applicant’s qualifications, issues to be considered will include scientific publications, supervision experience, activity in the scientific community and familiarity with the research field. As part of the FBMM, the duties may also include supervising scientific research of BSc, MSc, and PhD students. Participation in teaching within the faculty curriculum and in acquiring research funding is expected (postdoctoral fellow).
A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of a contract.
The salary is in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel) level 5 (postdoctoral researcher) or levels 2-4 (doctoral student). In addition, there is a share increase at most, 50% of the base salary, which is based on personal achievements and performance.
The following documents must be attached to the application (in English)
1) Motivation letter (1 – 2 pages)
2) CV with the names and contact details of 2 – 3 referees
3) Full publication list
4) Copies of relevant official degree
Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application form by Jan 31st, 2019. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
The top candidates for the post may be interviewed and asked to present their scientific work and experience.
For further information regarding the filling of this post:
Dr Zhi Chen, Project Leader, Associate Professor, e-mail: zhi.chen(at)oulu.fi.
Tiina Hurskainen, HR Manager, email: tiina.hurskainen(at)oulu.fiContinue reading