Post-Doctoral Researcher In Molecular Systems Immunology And Computational Biomedicine

Country: Finland;

City: Turku

Vacancy added: 10.10.2018

Employer: University of Turku

Resumes due: 31.10.2018


A position for a postdoctoral researcher working in Elo   and Lahesmaa Laboratories is open for applications. We are looking for a   highly motivated scientist in bioinformatics who is interested in Molecular   Systems Immunology, T cell epigenomics and molecular mechanisms of immune   mediated diseases.  Successful   applicant will join our international research groups at Turku Centre for   Biotechnology, BioCity Turku, Turku, Finland and will be co-supervised by Dr.   Laura Elo, Research Director in Bioinformatics and Dr. Riitta Lahesmaa,   Academy professor, at Turku Centre for Biotechnology, University of Turku,   Finland.

Description of recruiting organization

Turku Centre for Biotechnology ( is a joint   department of University of Turku ( and Åbo Akademi University,   providing high-end technologies and expertise to academic and industrial   researchers and a stimulating multidisciplinary and international research   environment. Successful applicant will

The Medical Bioinformatics Centre and the Computational   Biomedicine Group of Research Director Laura Elo (   develops computational data analysis tools and mathematical models for   biomedical research, with the eventual goal of improving the diagnosis,   prognosis and treatment of complex diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular   diseases and cancer. A specific focus is on analysing and interpreting data   generated by modern high-throughput biotechnologies, such as deep sequencing   and mass-spectrometry proteomics.

Molecular Systems Immunology group   ( aims at understanding   the regulation of human immune system to predict, prevent and treat immune   mediated disorders.  We study epigenetic and transcriptional regulation   of T cells and molecular mechanisms of immune mediated diseases such as Type   1 Diabetes.

Description of the position to fill

The postdoctoral researcher will work on projects aiming   at regulation of immune response in health and immune mediated disorders.  These include detection of biomarkers for   immune mediated diseases as well as unraveling the underlying molecular   mechanisms. She/he will join our multidisciplinary team with backgrounds   in mathematics, statistics, computer science, bioinformatics, biology and   medicine.

The work of the postdoctoral researcher involves   development and application of computational and statistical methods for the   analysis of high-throughput molecular data, with a focus on next generation   sequencing data and their combination with other omics data.

The position is for 2 years. Starting date is 1.11.2018   and is negotiable. The salary is in accordance with the universities salary   system (for teaching and research personnel) level 5-6 where the work   specific salary component is 2893,95   – 3374,18 €/month. In addition, there is a share increase based on   personal performance, which is at most 46.3% of the base salary. There is a   trial period of six months.


Successful applicants have:

- A relevant Doctoral degree (e.g. bioinformatics,   computational biology, biostatistics)

- Scientific publications in high impact international   journals
- Previous experience in next generation sequencing, epigenomic and genomic   research and related analysis platforms and tools

- Experience in R, Matlab or other   mathematical/statistical software

- High level of motivation, self-initiative and   independency

- Excellent team work and communication skills in English   (both oral and written)

- Previous experience in immunology is considered an   advantage

- International research experience and experience in   supervision of students is considered an advantage


The applications for the position   should be submitted latest on 31.10.2018 using the electronic system.   The application should include a motivation letter, CV, list of publications,   contact information for 3 referees, and copies of relevant degree   certificates. A link to the electronic application system can be found on top   of the position advertisement from the following link:

For further information on the positions please contact: Prof. Riitta Lahesmaa, e-mail: . 
Enquiries on the application procedure may be   directed to HR specialist Paula Luoma,

This is an interesting and   developing position in a rapidly growing area of science – so we encourage   you to send your application as soon as possible. We will interview suitable   candidates already during the application process. We welcome you cordially   to our multicultural working community.

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