Open Vacancies:

Open Vacancies at Turku Bioscience:

Postdoctoral Researcher at Turku Medical Bioinformatics Centre

Postdoctoral researcher position in computational biomedicine is available at Turku Medical Bioinformatics Centre, University of Turku, Finland, for the period 1.1.2020-31.5.2021. The starting date is negotiable.

Description of recruiting organization

University of Turku is a world-class university, whose operations build on high-quality, multidisciplinary research. The active academic community involves ~20,000 students and ~3,400 staff members, offering an excellent research environment for international research and education. The postdoctoral researcher will become a member of the research group of Prof. Laura Elo, Head of Turku Medical Bioinformatics Centre at Turku Bioscience.

Turku Medical Bioinformatics Centre involves ~30 members with various backgrounds in mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, and computer science, who develop and apply computational data analysis tools and mathematical modelling methods for biomedical research. The eventual goal is to improve diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of complex diseases, such as diabetes and cancer. A specific focus is on analysing and interpreting data generated by modern high-throughput biotechnologies, such as next-generation sequencing and mass-spectrometry proteomics, together with other health data, such as electronic medical records, medical imaging, sensors and wearable devices, in close collaboration with leading experimental and clinical teams and unique biobanks.

Turku Bioscience provides high-end technologies and expertise to academic and industrial researchers and a stimulating multidisciplinary and international research environment.

Description of the position

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join the ERC project “DynaOmics” of Prof. Elo, which focuses on longitudinal modelling of proteome data with the ultimate goal to enable dynamic individualized diagnostics ( Using multi-level longitudinal data and modern statistical and machine learning methods, the aim is to detect clinically feasible disease markers and build computational models that enable predicting the disease risk dynamically. A specific focus is on high-dimensional molecular and clinical data and early detection of Type 1 diabetes. The tasks include, for instance, dimension reduction, feature selection, clustering, discovery of disease subtypes, and prediction of disease onset. The position can involve both applied and methodological topics, depending on the candidate’s expertise and interests, and there is the opportunity to target the research according to candidate’s own research interests.

The position offers a vantage point in the rapidly developing area of biomedical data science, with versatile opportunities for networking with leading experts in the world. Our multicultural, dynamic and highly motivated team provides a working community that fosters creativity and diversity to enable groundbreaking discoveries. Meet our team.

The salary is determined by the collective agreement system of Finnish universities. The postdoctoral researcher belongs to research personnel and salary will be 3100 – 3600 eur/month on average. There is a trial period of six months.


A successful candidate has:
• PhD degree in biostatistics, bioinformatics, computational biology, computer science, applied mathematics, or a related field
• Relevant background knowledge in bioinformatics
• Previous experience in statistical data analysis and machine learning
• Fluency with at least one programming language (e.g. R, Python)
• Excellent communication skills in English (both oral and written)
• High level of motivation, self-initiative and independency


The applications must be submitted at the latest on December 15, 2019 using the electronic system. The application should include a motivation letter (one page), CV (max 2 pages), list of publications, contact information for 2-3 referees, and copies of relevant degree certificates.

A link to the electronic application system can be found at (Job ID 8200). For further information please contact or +358 (0)29 450 3796.

Postdoctoral Researcher (Single-Cell Genomics)

We seek a highly talented postdoctoral researcher to join our Single-cell omics team at Turku Bioscience Centre, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. Our Centre offers access to a comprehensive selection of cutting edge research methods and an opportunity to be involved in internationally competitive science in a stimulating, highly networked environment.

The selected candidate will work on research projects involving the use of single-cell genomics to understand the regulation of immune responses, and support development and implementation of research methods in our single-cell omics core facility. The position also involves the possibility of a training period abroad.

Key Responsibilities
• Pursuing research projects involving single-cell genomics
• Implementation of new single-cell genomics applications in collaboration with local research groups
• Supporting researchers in the use of single-cell genomics platforms
• Working closely with computational biologists to interpret data generated using newly implemented platforms

Required skills
• PhD in a relevant discipline
• Strong interpersonal skills, including written and oral communication in English
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to work in a fast-paced and quickly changing environment

Desirable skills
• Experience in single-cell genomics, functional genomics, cell culture, or immunology
• Experience in genomics data analysis
• Experience with command line tools or programming skills in R or Python
• Strong scientific publication record
The salary is determined by the collective agreement system of Finnish universities. The position belong to our research personnel and the salary for a postdoctoral researcher will be 2600 – 3600 eur/month in average.
The start of employment is negotiable. The position is fixed-term for 12 months with a possibility for extension. The position is subject to a six-month trial period.

Applications must be submitted no later than December 15th, 2019 via the electronic application form of the University of Turku. In case you need help in the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact our HR Specialist Paula Luoma paula.luoma [at]

Applicants should enclose with their application a CV, degree certificate(s), list of publications, a short description of applicant’s relevant skills and knowledge, and other documents that may influence the filling of position.
For further information about the position please do not hesitate to contact Tapio Lönnberg (taplon [at]

Postdoctoral researcher or project researcher to study immunoregulation in Molecular Systems Immunology Group at Turku Bioscience Centre

Our international multidisciplinary research group led by Academy Professor Riitta Lahesmaa is based at Turku Bioscience Centre (the Centre), BioCity Turku, Turku, Finland. We are seeking for a motivated a postdoctoral re-searcher or a project researcher with possibility to continue work as a doctoral candidate.

Disorders in immune system and lymphocyte function lead to inflammatory diseases e.g. rheumatoid arthritis and Type 1 Diabetes. Project will focus on studying the molecular mechanisms underlying immune mediated diseases aiming at enabling individualized treatment in the future.

Description of our organization
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.

Turku Bioscience Centre is a joint research institute of University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. The mission of the Centre is to promote high quality research and training. The Centre has excellent state-of-the-art technology platforms and expertise in single-cell omics, NGS, epigenomics, proteomics, compu-tational biology and high-end cell imaging.

Successful candidates have:
• A relevant doctor’s degree (senior/postdoctoral researcher) or a relevant master’s degree (project researcher) e.g. in life sciences or in biomedicine
• High level of motivation, self-initiative and independency
• Excellent team work and communication skills in English (both oral and written)
• First-rate molecular and cell biology knowledge and skills with a strong background in epigenetics.
• Strong publication record in international journals (postdoctoral researcher) at least in one of the following areas: immunology, molecular and cellular biology, autoimmunity, genetics, epigenetics.

The salary is determined by the collective agreement system of Finnish universities. These positions belong to our research personnel and the salary for a postdoctoral researcher will be 2600 – 3600 eur/month in average (or 3100 – 4200 eur/month depending on experience) and for a project researcher 2150 – 2600 eur/month in average.

The position starts at earliest on Jan 1st, 2019 (or as agreed). The positions are initially for two years, one optional year possible. There is a trial period of six months.

The deadline for applications is Nov 30th, 2019 (23:59) A link to the electronic application system.

Please include a CV, full publication list, list of selected publications and contact information for three references in your application. In addition postdoctoral researcher applicants should also enclose academic portfolio.

For further information on please contact:
Prof. Riitta Lahesmaa, e-mail: riitta.lahesmaa[at]
Enquiries on the application procedure may be directed to HR Specialist Paula Luoma paula.luoma[at]