POST DOC RESEARCHER IN THE RESEARCH GROUP OF HÉLDER SANTOS at the The University of Helsinki. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.

The International Staff Services office assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland. The Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the Viikki science park belongs to the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Helsinki. The Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology has over 100 staff members.

The Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, invites applications for a

ONE-YEAR POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER POSITION in the research group of the Dr. Hélder Santos. The successful applicant will be part of the Pharmaceutical Nanotehcnology and Chemical Microsystems Research Unit at the Faculty of Pharmacy.The position is funded by the European Research Council (

The main goal of the post-doc project is to develop novel multistage–multifunctional nanovectors for personalized therapy and multimodal imaging. The successful candidate will aimed to decouple the quadruple functions of the protocell nanovectors in order to generate relevant preclinical information for rapid translation into the clinic: sufficient multifunctionality to avoid biological barriers, recognition of their targets, accounting for non-invasive in vivo imaging and delivery of therapeutics. The overall distinct and final milestones of this work are: to ligand-anchored, co-loading of drug(s)-dye(s), and precisely tailored protocell nanovectors for simultaneously targeting the tumour vasculature cells, and stimulating the immune system response and multimodal imaging.

The successful candidate should have a strong PhD / postdoctoral experience within the fields of polymers, nanomedicines, microfluidics, and/or controlled drug delivery. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are required and you must also demonstrate ability to work as part of a team.

The position will have a probationary period of four months. The starting date is flexible, but at the latest 1st of December 2015.

The salary will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The total minimum salary at the beginning of the employment is 3311,17 €/month.

How to Apply: Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following English-language documents:

1) The cover letter (max 2 pages) with a description of your research interests and, in particular, why you would be a suitable candidate for the project. The cover letter should also contain possible starting dates and contact details of possible references.
2) A curriculum vitae
3) A list of publications

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

Deadline: 1st October 2015 at 15:45 local Helsinki time.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr Hélder A. Santos (, see also our lab website:

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