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Senior research fellow (tenure track core facility head) in Proteomics

The Turku Proteomics Facility seeks an ambitious senior research fellow (tenure track) to lead the Proteomics Facility at Turku Bioscience Centre. The successful candidate will be responsible for service activities and technology platform development at the core facility. He or she will be expected to establish an independent research group through competitive external funding and to support methods development at the core. The research activity is expected to be at an internationally competitive level and includes mandatory supervision of Master of Science and doctoral students from the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University.

At the Turku Proteomics Facility, the senior research fellow will be responsible for

  • development of research activities and services
  • leadership duties
  • implementation of new technologies
  • updating and maintenance of core facility instrumentation
  • visibility of the core facility and establishment of new customer relationships

The person selected for the post of senior research fellow is required to have a doctoral degree and the ability to do independent scholarly work. Experience in clinical proteomics can be considered as an asset. Evidence of scholarly research work in the field of proteomics and the necessary teaching skills are also required.

The senior research fellow (tenure track) post will be filled from January 1 (or earlier as agreed) first as fixed-term employment period (3–5 years). The person chosen for the position is expected to be able to be present in Finland and to start on January 1st, 2021. The position will come with reasonably start-up package including research funding and instrument time for method development.

The qualification requirements of the position are written in the University of Turku rules of procedure.

For information about the tenure track system of the University of Turku please visit: Guidelines for the the tenure track system at the UTU.

The exact salary will be defined when writing the employment contract. The salary is in accordance with the Finnish universities collective agreement system and this position belongs to level 6-7(for teaching and research personnel). Thus the total salary is estimated to be in the range of 3 668,56 – 4747,99 €/month. There is a trial period of six months.

Applications must include:

1) A curriculum vitae, with contact information of three references;

2) An academic portfolio in accordance with university practice:

3) A list of publications

4) A written statement of not more than two typed pages, setting out the applicant’s vision for the future development of research, teaching and societal interaction in the discipline.

5) Research plan (at most three pages)

All documents are required to be delivered in English.

Please send your application electronically at the latest by October 31, 2020. A link to the electronic application system can be found on top of the position advertisement from the following link: More details on the application procedure and outside evaluation will be given during the selection process.

Additional information can be obtained from John Eriksson, Director of Turku Bioscience Centre,  email: john.eriksson [at], +358-50-409 6624.

Enquiries concerning the application procedure may be directed to HR Specialist Paula Luoma, e-mail: paula.luoma [at]

A Postdoctoral Researcher Position Cancer Biology and Drug Discovery

Turku Bioscience
University of Turku
Salary: 3145 – 3405 € per month                                                        
Application closing date: 31st October 2020
Start date: January 2021 (open to negotiation)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher to join the group of Prof Johanna Ivaska ( to work on an exciting project in cancer biology. We aim to understand how the adhesion, actin cytoskeleton and oncogene signalling are coordinated within the context of pancreatic cancer tumorigenesis and subsequent metastasis. While the main component is fundamental academic research, the project is closely linked to a drug discovery project with a biotech company.

We aim to recruit an outstanding individual who has a strong collaborative nature, effective communication skills and the capacity to work independently and as part of a team. The applicant will have successfully completed a PhD in a field relevant to the molecular and cellular biology of cancer and have published at least one peer-reviewed article. Experience in cancer biology, mammalian cell culture, molecular biology and in vitro and in vivo cancer models would also be an advantage.

Applications must be submitted no later than October 31st 2020 via the University of Turku’s electronic application system

The link to the system appears at the beginning of this announcement (“Apply for the job”). Applicants should also enclose their CV, degree certificate(s), list of publications, a motivation letter including a short description of their relevant skills and knowledge, contact information for two referees and any other documents relevant to the position. For further information and details about the post please contact Prof Johanna Ivaska (joivaska(at) For help with the application system, please contact our HR Specialist Paula Luoma (paula.luoma(at)

The salary is determined by the collective agreement system of the Finnish universities. The exact salary will be defined when writing the employment contract. The salary is in accordance with the Finnish universities collective agreement system and this position belongs to level 5 (for teaching and research personnel). Thus the total salary is estimated to be in the range of 3145 – 3405 €/month. The position is fixed-term for 1 year with a possibility for extension, subject to a six-month trial period.

About the research environment

The Ivaska Cell Adhesion and Cancer group is based at Turku Bioscience Centre, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. We are a large multinational research group investigating cancer cell biology, membrane traffic and cell-ECM contacts of stem cells. For more information visit . Our Centre offers access to a comprehensive selection of cutting-edge research equipment, excellent core facilities and an opportunity to be involved in internationally competitive science in a stimulating, highly networked environment. For more information, please visit

Turku is the oldest city in Finland (est. 1229) with nearly 200 000 inhabitants, two universities and over 35 000 students, located on the south-west coast on Finland 150 km west of Helsinki. The University of Turku is an active academic community of 25 000 students and staff members – a truly international research university. Accordingly, the work language is English and there is no need or requirement to learn Finnish. Furthermore, Finland is considered to have a high quality of life, education, gender equality, transparency and safety where the majority of the population speaks English as a second language.

Open position flier

Research technician for the Genome Editing Core & Viral Vector Core

Turku Bioscience is seeking a research technician (lab technician), initially for the period 01.11.2020 -31.10.2021, with an eventual possibility for continuation after this date.

Our Organisation

Turku Bioscience Centre is a jointly-funded research and core facility centre of University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. The Centre offers state-of-the-art technology platforms and expertise in the areas of genomics, proteomics, imaging as well as bioinformatics, viral vectors, genome editing, x-ray crystallography, screening, and zebra fish model system. The core facilities operate within the Biocenter Finland national infrastructure network. Its user base includes local, national and international scientists. More information on our research unit and the local scientific community can be found at the following sites:

Job Description

The successful candidate will work in the exciting area of CRISPR genome editing and viral vector gene transfer. Daily tasks will include production and purification of Lenti- , Retro-, Adeno- and Adeno-Associated Viral Vectors, DNA amplification, generation of CRISPR edited cell lines based on customer cells. Other tasks include FACS based cell sorting, DNA cloning, qPCR, BCL2 user training and general lab maintenance.

We are looking for a highly motivated person, who is able to work independently, has good self-discipline and pays attention to details. 

 A primary degree (M.Sc. or B.Sc.) is required in cell and molecular biology, virology or any bioscience related field.  The exact salary will be defined when writing the employment contract .The salary is in accordance with the university salary system (for general staff) level 7, where the work specific salary component is 2281,18 € per month. In addition, there is a share increase based on the personal performance, which is at most 50 % of the base salary. There will be a trial period of 6 months. 

The deadline for applications is October 20th and the position must be applied for by using our electronic system. Please include in English your CV and contact information for three referees and a motivation letter in your application. A link to the electronic application system can be found on top of the position advertisement from the following link:

For further information about the position, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Artur Padzik, e-mail artur.padzik(at) , or phone +358-29450 3753 (8.10.2020 between 10-13).Enquiries concerning the application procedure may be directed to HR Specialist Paula Luoma: paula.luoma(at)

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