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Doctoral researcher in Metabolic Disease Biology

Helsinki, Finland
Closing date
15 Mar 2024

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Academic Discipline
Biological Sciences, Life sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Postdocs
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 in Metabolic Disease Biology starting in February 2024 for a period of 4 years.

The research group of Dr. Nahid Khan, Academy research fellow and principal investigator at Stem Cells and Metabolism Research Program (STEMM) is looking for a doctoral researcher to study Metabolic Stress Response in Mitochondrial Diseases .

PhD candidate to join the team of Dr Nahid Khan to study tissue specific metabolic stress in mitochondrial diseases. This position is funded by Research council of Finland and would be for 4 years with initial contract of two years and the trial period of six months. The project explores how different metabolic stress could contribute to tissue specific response due to mitochondrial dysfuntion. We use both IPS cell lines and mouse model for omics and imaging analysis.

We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and creative individuals with good teamwork skills to join our team.

The candidate should hold a Master’s degree in biotechnology, Translation medicine or other relevant fields, with keen interest in mammalian and stem cell culture, animal work and histology are considered highly beneficial. The default assumption is that the degree requirement must be met by the beginning of the employment.

The candidate would have an opportunity to learn new methods such as Crisper Cas9 gene editing, fluorescence microscopy, single cell and spatial omics. Excellent communication and writing skills in English and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary international team are essential.

What we offer

The starting salary of the doctoral researcher will be 2500-2800 €/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience. A trial period of six months will be applied. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care, support in access to high quality sports facilities, and vast opportunities for professional development.

Further degree requirement for doctoral researcher position: The appointee must apply, and obtain, the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki within the probationary period of 6 months:

How to apply

Please submit your application as a single pdf file, which includes the following documents in English:

  • A motivation letter including a description of your research interests, how you would contribute to this project, and why you consider yourself a good candidate for the position (max 2 pages)
  • CV (max 2 pages) including a list of publications
  • Contact information of two persons who are willing to provide a reference letter by separate request

Applications should be submitted through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply now button.

Applicants who have a username and a valid employment contract, a grant researcher's contract or a visiting researcher's contract at the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by using the Employee Login button.
The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. You can read more about working at the university on our website.

The closing date for applications is 15 March 2024 at 23:59 EET.

For further information on the position, please contact Dr Nahid Khan (nahid.khan (at)

For information on the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Marja Meresto (hr-ltdk (at)

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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