Postdoctoral research fellow position at the forefront of digital health revolution: A postdoctoral research fellow position is available from September 2015 in the laboratory of prof. Liisa Holm at the University of Helsinki to develop algorithms for sequence analysis and their application to microbial community transcriptomic data from clinical samples.

The position is suitable for an experienced and highly motivated computational research scientist and provides an opportunity to work as part of a collaborative team of top Finnish clinicians, geneticists, translational medicine experts, next-generation sequencing specialists, and microbiologists aiming to revolutionize infection control and develop a clinically relevant next-generation sequencing-based solution for the early recognition and personalized treatment of hospital acquired infections.

Requirements: Our preferred candidate has a strong background in computer science, systems biology, or bioinformatics. Strong programming skills and experience with Linux, statistical analysis, and software development are essential. The candidate must be fluent in written and spoken English, be able to communicate efficiently in an interdisciplinary team, and have excellent communication and presentation skills. A background in microbiology or experience in sequence analysis is an advantage.

The research takes place at the Institute of Biotechnology (BI), an independent research institute of University of Helsinki located at the Viikki campus 10 km east from the center of Helsinki, and involves frequent visits to the University of Helsinki Meilahti campus in western Helsinki.

The position is funded by a grant from the Academy of Finland and initially for 2 years with an option for continuation, depending on performance. The salary for this post is based on level 5 of the job requirement level chart for research staff in the University Salary System. In addition to the requirement level component, the successful applicant will be paid a personal work performance component. The post will have a trial period of three months.

For more information, please contact prof. Holm ( or Dr. Kankainen ( To apply for the position, please send your motivation letter and CV, including list of publications and contact information for two references, to prof. Holm.

DEadline:  25.9.2015.

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