Postdoc­toral Re­searcher in Dis­trib­uted Com­put­ing for Se­quen­cing Data

Helsinki, Finland
17 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
10 Feb 2022
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 Department of Computer Science (, which is part of the Faculty of Science, is a leading Computer Science research and teaching unit in Finland. The research themes of the Department cover machine learning and algorithms, computer networks and distributed systems, software systems and bioinformatics.

The Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki invites applications for a

Postdoctoral Researcher in distributed computing for sequencing data

Position description

A fixed-term postdoctoral researcher position until the end of year 2022 is available in the Genome-scale algorithmics research team of Professor Veli Mäkinen. The team is part of the Algorithmic Bioinformatics research group of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. As a postdoctoral researcher you will work on developing distributed computing methods and tools for genomic variant detection exploiting founder sequence -based pangenomic references and modern high-throughput sequencing data. You are expected to publish your findings in international scientific journals and international scientific conferences. Your work may also include supervision of students and teaching duties (at most 5-10% of annual working time).

The starting date in the position is negotiable. An extension of the position to two years is also negotiable with the research group of Academy Professor Lauri Aaltonen, Centre of Excellence in Tumor Genetics Research, Faculty of Medicine.


Candidates must hold a PhD degree in computer science or bioinformatics (or related fields) and have experience in algorithm engineering. Also, candidates who are expected to be granted the PhD degree at latest during Summer 2022 may be considered. Experience in processing of high-throughput sequencing data is an advantage. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are needed. You should have a strong motivation for research in this field and possess the ability to carry out independent research.

Salary and benefits

The salary will be in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel, level 5). In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary will be approximately 3500–3900 €/month.

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

We welcome applicants from a variety of genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and minorities.

Applications are submitted through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the “Apply for the position” button below.

Please include the following enclosures (in English language) as a single pdf file in your application:

  • CV with a list of publications
  • Description of research experience (1-2 pages)
  • Two reference letters and/or contact details of two potential referees who agreed to provide letters of recommendation
  • Copy of PhD degree certificate

The deadline for applications is February 10th, 2022. 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 team Veli Mäkinen (

For more information on the research team and group, see

Due date

10.02.2022 23:59 EET

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