Postdoc­toral Re­search­er, San­tos Labor­at­ory of Nanomedi­cines and Bio­med­ical En­gin­eer­ing

Helsinki, Finland
08 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
28 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. The Faculty of Pharmacy ( ranked #47 in the world in the Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019. It is located at Viikki Campus in Helsinki and provides good access to local and national research infrastructures including biobanks. It has about 200 employees, out of which 15 are professors, and about 800 undergraduate and 160 postgraduate students with well-organized doctoral school programs.

We invite applications for the position of TWO


The Santos lab makes the unique bridge between medical engineering, pharmaceutical nanotechnology and biomedical research by combining unique techniques, such as microneedle technology, microfluidic glass technology, in order to help to build innovative nanomedicines/nanovectors and multidrug loading. To design and test the functionality and efficacy of these nanomedicines, we use state-of-the-art nanotheranostic technologies for personalized medicine, which allow the precisely engineering of materials at nanoscale to develop novel therapeutic formulations, including industrial scale-up validation, batch-to-batch reproducibility, and controllability of the nanomaterials’ physicochemical properties for translation into the clinic.

We are seeking for two post-docs to work in two distinct projects: (1) supported by the Business Finland and (2) supported by the Academy of Finland. In (1) the applicant is expected to have extensive practical experience in fabrication and characterization of microneedles for drug delivery applications (at least 4 years experience in the field of microneedles) and in (2) the applicant is expect to have extensive practical experience in the synthesis and characterization of magnetic and fluorescent labeled nanoparticle systems some intracellular trafficking studies (at least previous 4 years in synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles). The ideal candidates are adaptable team-players with excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with excellent organizational skills and prepared to work in a multicultural and multi-collaborative environment.

More information about the lab, including the latest research and news, can be found here:

The positions are initially limited to 1.5-2 years each with a possibility of extension: position (1) to be started immediately or no later than 1.1.2021 and position (2) to be started earliest on 1.1.2021. A trial period of 6 months will be applied, and the salary will be based on the Universities salary scheme for teaching and research personnel composed of both task specific and personal performance components. The starting salary will be ca. 31003500 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience and including a salary component based on personal performance. Standard Finnish pension benefits and occupational health care are provided for University employees.

Application should include the following documents as a single pdf file: CV (max 2 pages), list of publications, motivation letter (max 1 page) including a description of previous research experience in the fields of the applied positions, as well as the names and telephone numbers of at least two referees, and clearly stating if the application is for position (1) or (2). Each application will be considered only for one of the above-mentioned positions. The top candidates will be selected for an interview prior to being hired.

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking on the ‘Apply for the position’ button. Current employees of the University of Helsinki submit their applications through the SAP HR portal. The deadline for the applications is 28 September 2020 (23:59 EEST).

For further information on the positions please contact Professor Hélder A. Santos, helder.santos(at), +358294159661, and on the recruitment system HR Specialist Heidi Kauppinen, heidi.m.kauppinen(at), +358504155341.

You may also follow Santos' Lab in Twitter: @Santos_Lab15

Due date

28.09.2020 23:59 EEST

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