Postdoctoral Researcher or Early Stage Researcher (PhD student), evolutionary biology, reproductive physiology and molecular biology

The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,000 students and 2,500 members of staff. We operate on two campuses in Joensuu and Kuopio. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading universities in the world.

The Faculty of Science and Forestry operates on the Kuopio and Joensuu campuses of the University of Eastern Finland. The mission of the faculty is to carry out internationally recognised scientific research and to offer research-education in the fields of natural sciences and forest sciences. The faculty invests in all of the strategic research areas of the university. The facultys environments for research and learning are international, modern and multidisciplinary. The faculty has approximately 3,800 Bachelors and Masters degree students and some 490 postgraduate students. The number of staff amounts to 560. http://www.uef.fi/en/lumet/etusivu

We are now inviting applications for

a Postdoctoral Researcher or an Early Stage Researcher (PhD student) (evolutionary biology, reproductive physiology and molecular biology) position, Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Joensuu and/or Kuopio Campus

We are seeking a motivated Postdoctoral Researcher or an Early Stage Researcher (PhD student) for our project Molecular and immunological basis of gamete compatibility in humans (funded by the Academy of Finland, https://reprophys.weebly.com/ ). The primary aim of the project is to clarify molecular and immunological mechanisms of female-induced sperm selection (cryptic female choice), fertilization and infertility. Despite the fact that the mechanisms of fertilization have been under intensive study for over a century, fertilization is still one of the most enigmatic biological processes, which has severely restricted our understanding of reproduction, evolution and heritability.

The researcher will participate in experimental research that aims to clarify these mechanisms in humans. Depending on the expertise of the researcher, the duties can include molecular and immunological analyses (e.g. Next-Generation Sequencing and Human Leucocyte Antigen analyses), sperm motility and chemotaxis measurements and determination of female or environmental exposure-induced physiological changes in sperm. In particular, we encourage applications from candidates who have experience in bioinformatics of Next-Generation Sequencing data. The researchers tasks also include data analysis and reporting of the results in scientific journals.

The applicant is expected to have good skills in written and spoken English. Earlier experience in laboratory work, flow cytometry, other relevant methods in cell biology (e.g. sperm motility or viability analyses, ELISA assays), immunology or molecular biology (e.g. RNA seq and bioinformatics) will be considered a benefit for the applicant. If you have any of these skills, please indicate it/them in the accompanying CV and/or motivation letter (see below).

The person to be appointed as postdoctoral researcher is expected to hold a doctoral degree from an applicable field. If the employee has been awarded his or her doctoral degree less than five years ago, the post will be one of a Postdoctoral Researcher. If the doctoral degree has been awarded more than five years ago, the post will be one of a Project Researcher. In this context, the 5 years refer to a net period of time, which does not include maternity leaves, parental leaves, or military service, etc.

It is also possible to complete a doctoral dissertation in the project, in which case the person will be hired as an early stage researcher. A person to be appointed as an early stage researcher shall be qualified to pursue postgraduate studies, i.e. he or she is required to have completed a suitable higher university degree or an equivalent education abroad, which in the country in question would qualify the person for similar academic studies.

English may be used as the language of instruction and supervision in this position.

The position is filled initially for a fixed term from 1 July 2019 to 31 August 2020, with a possibility of extension when further funding is confirmed.

The position will be filled for a fixed term due to it pertaining to a specific project (positions of postdoctoral researcher and early stage researcher shall always be filled for a fixed term, UEF University Regulations, Section 31).

The salary of the postdoctoral researcher or project researcher position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on level 5 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff ( 2,935.55/ month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary is supplemented by a personal performance component, which can be a maximum of 50% of the job requirement component.

The salary of the early stage researcher position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on level 2-4 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff ( 2,033.29 - 2,535.20/ month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 50% of the job requirement component.

A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:

- CV
- List of publications
- Copies of the applicant's academic degree certificates / diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to the applicants language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas
- Motivation letter (max. two pages). In the letter, please indicate why you are interested in this research project and why you would be a suitable person for this position.

For further information on the position, please contact : Senior Researcher Jukka Kekäläinen, tel. +358 50 467 4487, email: jukka.s.kekalainen@uef.fi. For further information on the application procedure, please contact: Human Resources Secretary Noora Hämäläinen, email: noora.hamalainen[a]uef.fi, tel. +358 50 409 0376

The application needs to be submitted no later than 30.4.2019 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.


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