Postdoctoral position in Imaging cellular mechanisms (Biology) Finland 2015

The position is Academy of Finland funded, full time, starting January 2016 the latest, and for two years with an option for continuation.Imaging cellular mechanisms of embryonic hair and tooth development

We use a combination of transgenic mouse models and organ culture methods together with confocal fluorescence imaging to investigate the molecular and cellular basis of epithelial morphogenesis (see e.g. Ahtiainen et al., Developmental Cell 2014, 28:588-602). The project aims to continue this research on the cellular aspects of embryonic hair development and also, using similar tissue imaging based approaches, understand the cellular basis of the early development of the tooth.

Desired skills and experience:

Doctoral degree (PhD) in cell biology, genetics, developmental biology, biochemistry, or related field

A strong background in cell and molecular biology and/or developmental biology

Skills in hands-on mouse work, transgenic/knockout mouse models

Previous experience in advanced fluorescence, confocal or 2-photon imaging and developmental imaging would be a strong advantage

Good written and spoken English as well as the desire to work in a team-oriented environment

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 north from the center of Helsinki. We offer a position in an internationally renowned multidisciplinary research environment. The group is a part of Academy of Finland funded Center of Excellence in Experimental and Computational Developmental Biology. You will have the opportunity to learn and be a part of research using utilizing leading edge imaging methodologies.

The position is Academy of Finland funded, full time, starting January 2016 the latest, and for two years with an option for continuation. The salary for this post is based on level 5 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and 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 based on education and experience. The post will have a trial period of four months.

More information:

To apply for the position, please send your motivation letter and CV, including list of publications, by August 7th, 2015.

Note that the position may be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been identified.
If you have any questions, and to send your application, please contact:
Laura Ahtiainen,