Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Medicine

Helsinki, Finland
22 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
30 Oct 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Program Unit at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki invites applications for a fixed-term position of

Doctoral Researcher

from 1 January 2024 until 31 December 2027 or according to agreement.

Our research group investigates infant gut microbial ecology using an interdisciplinary approach, combining culture-based microbiology and modern multiomics with bioinformatics and analytical methods from population ecology. The position of doctoral researcher involves wet lab work, participating in organizing studies with human participants, and analysing microbial genomic and metagenomic data.


The candidate should have an MSc degree in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology or other suitable field and experience in bioinformatics or biostatistics, including experience with R or Python. Experience in basic molecular biology/microbiology methods is seen as an advantage. We are looking for a highly motivated and independent student able to adjust to and learn different types of tasks throughout the project.

The degree requirement must be met by the beginning of the employment. Doctoral Researcher must obtain the right to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki within the trial period (six months). The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki.

What we offer

We offer an opportunity to work in exciting, ground-breaking projects funded by ERC and Academy of Finland. Our work is highly interdisciplinary, and you will be able to utilize and learn a broad range of skills and expertise. The work has a strong translational aspect with direct relevance to human health; we conduct clinical trials and observational studies on human participants. Salary is based on the university salary system, approximately 2400 €/month depending on experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Applications, including your cover letter, CV, publication list, contact information for two references, and a copy of your MSc thesis, should be submitted through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link "Apply now" below. Applicants who are currently employed by the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP Fiori portal at The closing date for applications is 30 October 2023. Applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background or from members of minority groups are welcomed. You can read more about working at the university on our website.

For further information on the position, please contact Katri Korpela (

For information on the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Marja Meresto (

About us

The Faculty of Medicine promotes high quality scientific research. It provides research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, dentistry, psychology and logopedics, and an international Master's Programme in Translational Medicine. It also offers psychotherapist education. 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. The faculty aims to be one of the best medical research faculties in the world, while reinforcing its status as a distinguished institution of multidisciplinary education in healthcare.

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki constitutes the academic medical centre together with HUS Helsinki University Hospital and the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE). This medical centre has been successful in international comparisons, ranking among the top 10 medical campuses in Europe and the top 50 globally.

Research Programs Unit (RPU) of the Faculty of Medicine consolidates demonstrated research excellence, with focused research programs addressing the greatest challenges in human health.

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