Post- doc­toral Po­s­i­tion, Faculty of Medicine

Helsinki, Finland
Thursday, 17 June 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Faculty of Medicine promotes scientific research of a high standard and is responsible for providing research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, dentistry, psychology and logopedics, as well as for the English-language Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine. In addition to its teaching and research activities, the Faculty serves as a significant expert organisation in the healthcare sector and contributes to the discourse on ethics in the field. In terms of research, the Faculty aims for a place among the best medical faculties in the world, while consolidating and strengthening its status as a top-level institution of medical education.

Together with the HUS Helsinki University Hospital and the Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences (HiLIFE), the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, constitutes the Academic Medical Center Helsinki (AMCH). This medical center has been very successful in international comparisons, ranking among the top 10 medical campuses in Europe and among the top 50 globally.

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki invites applications for a


The position is available in the group of Professor Jari Lahti at the Department of Psychology and Logopedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki for a fixed period between 1.9.2021 and 31.8.2022.

We seek highly motivated and experienced postdoctoral researcher to join our dynamic research team on genetic/epigenetic epidemiology and developmental psychology. Our group is well-networked both nationally and internationally and our research has an emphasis on mental health and human behavior and cognition. Our work is based on several unique rich longitudinal large datasets.

Post-doctoral researcher will work in a multidisciplinary research project that studies the effects of prenatal exposure to environmental chemicals (e.g. BPA, phthalates, parabens, and organophosphates) on health and well-being with a special interest in the epigenetic mechanisms that may mediate and genetic variation that may moderate these effects. The project has funding from the Academy of Finland.

The successful candidate:

  • Has a PhD degree in a relevant field of life sciences (e.g. psychology, medicine, biology) and/or biostatistics
  • Is well-organized, solution-oriented and has an ability to independently plan and execute statistical analyses with R, SPSS etc.
  • Previous experience in working with genome-wide genomic and/or methylation data in Linux cluster is an advantage but not mandatory
  • Can start working with the data as soon as possible as the data are ready for analyses.
  • Is a team player with good collaboration and communications skills and an ability to take initiative
  • Has good spoken and written English

The salary level is based on previous qualifications, experience, and personal performance in the position according to University of Helsinki regulations. The Postdoctoral researcher’s position is level 5 (about 3180€ – 3570€ /month with a salary component based on personal performance) in the requirement level chart for personnel in teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. The start date is negotiable, but the current project ends in 31.8.2022. All standard pension benefits and occupational health care are provided for University employees. There is a trial period of six months.

The application, together with the required attachments in PDF format, must be written in English and submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply for job. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal. Applications must be accompanied by a CV, a list of publications, a report of qualifications relevant to the assessment of research merits and their relevance to the project, and other documents that may be relevant to the selection or alternatively, an academic portfolio containing the above-mentioned documents and information (see

The deadline for the applications is July 28, 2021.

Further information will be given by Professor Jari Lahti (, tel. +358405712297, ).

Due date

28.07.2021 23:59 EEST

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