Postdoc/PhD in Cell Biology

Helsinki, (FI)
Monday, 9 December 2019
End of advertisement period
Monday, 6 January 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Helsinki Institute of Life Science, HiLIFE (, is a new life science institute at the University of Helsinki established in 2017 supporting high quality research across campuses and life science faculties. HiLIFE builds on existing strengths, new recruits and partnerships to create an attractive international environment for solving grand challenges in health, food, and environment. It coordinates research infrastructures in life sciences, provides research-based interdisciplinary training and supports researchers within its units and partner faculties. In 2019 HiLIFE has a staff of 600 and budget of 59 M€.

Our lab is located within the HiLIFE unit Institute of Biotechnology, Viikki campus. The Institute of Biotechnology (BI) ( is an international research unit within the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) of the University of Helsinki. Research groups at BI conduct research and develop infrastructures in biotechnology and modern biosciences at the highest international level, actively applying the results for the benefit of society.

The Almeida-Souza Lab at HiLIFE invites applications for

Post-doctoral researcher and/or PhD student in cell biology of the endocytic cytoskeleton

We offer you a highly collaborative, supportive and international research environment. The working language of the institute is English. Our research goal is to understand the molecular logic behind the dynamics of the actin cytoskeleton at endocytic sites and how disturbances in this process affect physiology and disease progression.

Projects in the lab involve Super-resolution imaging and analysis, protein biochemistry, CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering and drug screens. Please look at our webpage for more details ( Successful candidates will be able to decide which projects suit best their interests and expertise.

Our lab offers a 3-year fixed-term contract for postdocs and a 4-year fixed-term contract for PhD students. Candidates will be encouraged to apply for their own funding.

We seek motivated individuals willing to contribute positively to the research team and the HiLIFE community at large. Our lab is committed to build an environment where everyone is respected and valued. Importantly, we believe that science should be fun and exciting.

The successful Doctoral and/or Postdoctoral candidates will hold an excellent Master Degree (or equivalent) and/or PhD in Biology with a specialization in Cell Biology and/or Biochemistry. In addition, the Postdoctoral candidate will have a proven record of excellence in the above-mentioned research areas, whereas the Doctoral candidate will have a strong potential for excellence in research. Previous experience with cellular and molecular biology techniques is essential. Experience with super-resolution microscopy and/or protein purification using multiple expression systems is definite plus.

To apply, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the Apply link below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) please submit your applications through the SAP HR portal. Upload a single pdf-file containing a one-page cover letter outlining your relevant work experience and motivation to work on our research group, your CV and contact information for 2-3 referees. Please indicate whether you are applying for the PhD student or Postdoc position.

The application deadline is January 6th, 2020, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. It is currently investing heavily in life sciences research. The University of Helsinki has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members, and it offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.