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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

Paid PhD. Position in molecular biology at University of Helsinki, Finland

University of Helsinki

The RNAcious laboratory at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, is recruiting a doctoral researcher to study how pathogens utilize RNA-based mechanisms to further infection in prokaryotic model organisms.

Position Details:

We are looking for a skilled doctoral researcher (PhD student) that will work in a vibrant and international research environment as part of a Research Council of Finland funded project on RNA-mediated pathogenicity mechanisms in prokaryotic models. The successful applicant will work on one of two focus areas:

(i) characterizing the role and dynamics of viral RNA-based components during virus infection (ii) exploring virus infection-mediated changes in archaeal translation.

The project entails collaborative aspects with other teams and universities and will be tailored together with the successful applicant based on their interest and prior experience.


Academic and Personal Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have an applicable second-cycle university degree, a second-cycle degree from a university of applied sciences, or an equivalent education from an institution abroad.

  • The degree must be in a relevant field of research such as molecular biology, microbiology, virology, biochemistry, genetics, or biotechnology.

  • Prior experience in microbial characterization, translation studies, RNA-seq, and/or applicable bioinformatics is considered an advantage.

  • Good communication skills in English (both oral and written) are essential.

  • Enthusiasm for the topic, strong motivation to learn and adapt new skillsets, and readiness to work with diverse teams are required.


Position details

A successful candidate will be employed initially on a full time, two-year fixed-term contract starting in September 2024 (or at a later date, by agreement). Upon positive evaluation, the contract may be extended to a total of four years (from the original start date of the position). A six-month trial period applies.


Application Documents:

  • A concise cover/motivation letter (no longer than one A4 page)

  • A curriculum vitae

  • Research statement (max. two A4 pages) consisting of:

ii) outline of research skills, and

iii) how these skills support one of the two focus areas.

  • Copy of M.Sc. diploma (or equivalent) and a transcript of completed credits


Application Deadline: May 31st, 2024.


For further info about the position, visit the

official page. To submit your application scroll down to the bottom of the given official page and click on "Apply now" button.


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