Soft­ware Infor­mation Technology Sys­tem Spe­cial­ist

Helsinki, Finland
18 May 2021
End of advertisement period
31 May 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Maternity Cover
Full Time

The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) is an international research unit focusing on human genomics and personalised medicine at the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) of the University of Helsinki - a leading Nordic university with a strong commitment to life science research. As part of Academic Medical Center Helsinki in Meilahti campus FIMM collaborates locally with the Faculty of Medicine, Helsinki University Hospital and National Institute for Health and Welfare. FIMM is part of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, composed of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the centres for molecular medicine in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and the EU-LIFE Community.

FIMM is currently seeking a

Software information technology system specialist

FIMM is the leading genomics research and bioinformatics unit in Finland. We are managing petabytes of human genomic and health data and the number will likely increase tenfold in the forthcoming years. We’re daily collaborating with top researchers and research institutes in the world and international health-care companies to improve health and well-being on a global scale.

FinnGen ( is one of the very first personalized medicine projects at this scale and the public-private collaborative nature of the project is exceptional compared to many ongoing studies.

A fixed term (Maternity leave substitution) software developer position for 9 months is available in the FinnGen project. The position is placed at FinnGen e-science team and offers possibility work with state of art big data pipelines processing terabytes of data and hundred thousand samples. The data processing is performed in cloud environment enabling massive parallelization and scalable compute resources. E-science team offers a multidisciplinary and good spirited group supporting each other’s to carry out tasks requiring domain specific (Genetics) and advanced computing skills. Depending on performance, it is possible to get continuation to the positions, there is always opportunities opening in Finland’s flagship scientific project.

Both experienced and junior level IT system specialist are considered. Experience in computational biology or genetics is an asset. Graduated or just graduating software developer or computational biologist (Master’s degree or Master’s student). The main point is to be capable and interested to learn state of art cloud based computational skills and apply those to carry on task on big data processing. In addition, more experienced candidates are considered, the key is willingness to learn either biological domain knowledge or enlarge computational skills and their application cloud environment.

Experience and motivation to new learn computer sciences solutions for cloud based application development and big data processing.
Good knowledge of programing languages (preferable Python + others).
Good communication skills (the working language is English).
Ability to participate in an agile software development project and part of the multidisciplinary team.

Preferred skills:

  • Experience in working in the Google Cloud application development and dataflow like various data extract transform and load processes.
  • Experience in working with large scale data sets
  • Experience in working with genomic domain tools and data formats.
  • Fluency in oral and written English, our team is international (no Finnish skills required).


Relevant higher level education is appreciated but skills and motivation are more important. PhD is an asset.

Personal qualities:

  • Willingness to learn.
  • Good team working skills.
  • Ability to share knowledge on complex processes in a clear manner.

Salary and benefits

The salary will be in accordance with the University salary system. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance.

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 University provides support for internationally recruited employees and their family members with their transition to work and life in Finland. For more on the University of Helsinki as an employer, please see

How to apply

Please submit as a single pdf file:

  • Free formatted Motivation letter with highlighted previous experience (1-2 pages)
  • Detailed CV
  • Two reference letters and/or contact details of two potential referees who agreed to provide letters of recommendation

Please submit your application via the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking on “Apply for the position” below. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for applications is May 31st, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Additional information

For more information on the position, please contact the leader of the E-science team ( or finngen project manager (

For more information on the Finngen project, see

Due date

31.05.2021 23:59 EEST