Laboratory En­gin­eer, DNA Se­quen­cing and Ge­n­om­ics Laboratory, BIDGEN

Helsinki, Finland
31 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The HiLIFE - Institute of Biotechnology (BI), located in the Viikki science park, is a research institute at University of Helsinki. The institute harbors ~35 research groups and 250 researchers, and it operates at the highest international level. For more information on the Institute, please visit

DNA sequencing and genomics laboratory (BIDGEN) ( has been founded 2008 by fusion of DNA sequencing (founded 1990) and DNA microarray groups (founded 2000). BIDGEN acts as a core unit performing multitude of services on the area of genomics and related bioinformatics. We use sequencing methods ranging from Sanger method to high throughput Illumina machines to single molecule sequencing. We have several Illumina machines in lab (iSeq, MiSeq, Next Seq500) and share an Illumina NovaSeq 6000 with FIMM. Single molecule sequencing is performed using our PacBio Sequel 2 and Minion. Projects vary from single PCR fragments to population size sequencing effort of large eukaryotic genomes. We also perform single cell sequencing from samples ranging from mouse to yeast using 10x Genomics machinery. Our projects vary from small viruses to microbes and large eukaryotic genomes (animals, plants, fungi). For these samples we perform de novo genome project and RNAseq analysis. Direct RNA sequencing we have performed using the MinION technology. Another view are the population level genomics projects. Microbe populations we study using amplicon approach like 16S or ITS sequencing and metagenomics and metatranscriptomics. At the moment we are also running human samples with the long read machines. We are also performing COVID genome sequencing taking part in the genotyping of local samples. Majority of our customers are from Finnish universities and research units like LUKE but also companies use our services.

We are currently looking for a


to work in DNA sequencing and genomics laboratory (BIDGEN) starting 1.5.2022. The position is for a fixed-term of 4 years with the possibility of extension.

Position description:

This laboratory engineer position harbors several functions. The main is responsibility of organizing the day-to-day actions of the service laboratory. The main activities are listed below:

  • contacts with the customer
  • contacts with vendors of consumables and machines
  • invoicing of the services and keeping track on the accounting together with experts from the university administration.

Qualifications and experience:

We expect the suitable candidate to hold an M Sc or PhD degree in the field of ex. molecular biology, microbiology or bioinformatics; knowledge of genomics specifically NGS approaches and related bioinformatics would be beneficial. Experience of running a core unit would be beneficial. The candidate should be fluent in English. Finnish skills are considered as an advantage, but as the working language of the institute is English, Finnish skills are not required.

Salary and contract:

The position is offered for a fixed-term of four years 2022 -2025, starting 1.5.2022 or as negotiated. Salary will depend upon the applicant's level of skills, knowledge, and abilities and is based on the university salary system. A trial period of 6 months will be applied.

Why work with us?

BI offers a multidisciplinary research environment with wide range of life science projects performed. Viikki campus is one of the largest life science campuses in Scandinavia. BIDGEN is linked with other core units via HiLIFE and with national units as a node in Biocenter Finland.

The University of Helsinki provides its employees a wide range of opportunities and benefits, such as support for competence development and application for research projects, library, sports and welfare services. Read more about career opportunities and benefits at

Finland is a member of the EU, has high quality free schooling (also in English), generous family benefits and healthcare, and was recently ranked as the best country in the world for expat families and in the world’s top ten most livable cities. Finland and the Helsinki region possess top expertise in sciences in terms of a vibrant talent pool, leading research, strong support services and functioning collaboration networks. For more information about working at the University of Helsinki and living in Finland, please see


We are waiting for your application through the University of Helsinki recruitment system by clicking the ‘Apply for the position’ button below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications by logging in to the SAP system: For technical support regarding the recruitment system, please contact ‘’.

Application should include the following documents as a single pdf file: cover letter (max 1 page), CV of max. 4 pages, full publication list, and names of two references.

The deadline for the applications is 28.2.2022.

The University of Helsinki welcomes applications from people of any gender, linguistic and cultural background, or minority group.

If you have any questions about the position, please do not hesitate to contact Petri Auvinen, Research director,
Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Anu Roine,

Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) is a new institute established in 2017 that supports high quality life science research across the University campuses and faculties. HiLIFE builds on existing strengths and new recruits and partnerships to create an attractive international environment for researchers to solve grand challenges in health, food, and environment. HiLIFE coordinates research infrastructures in life sciences and provides research-based interdisciplinary training.

The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and professional development opportunities. The International Staff Services office assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.

Due date

28.02.2022 23:59 EET