Call for FIMM-EMBL Group Leaders in Molecular Medicine now open

We are inviting outstanding candidates for the position of Group Leader in Molecular Medicine with an initial 5-year appointment and the opportunity for a 4-year extension following the EMBL model. The selected group leaders are expected to initiate a new independent research program in one of FIMM’s research fields.

This group leader search is for 2-3 early-stage group leaders with significant international experience during their PhD and postdoc periods. The candidates should provide novel and complementary contributions to existing research at FIMM and the University of Helsinki more broadly. 

FIMM offers an exciting opportunity to work at the forefront of science and technology to improve human health and well-being. FIMM promotes translational research, specifically focusing on human genomics for health and disease, functional precision medicine in cancer, digital diagnostics for precision medicine, and data science in population health. FIMM coordinates multiple large-scale research projects and globally unique data resources, such as FinnGenFinRegistry and the Finnish Twin Study and is responsible for profiling of cancer patients for the iCAN flagship project. FIMM also hosts the Academy of Finland’s Center of Excellence in Complex Disease Genetics, a collaborative program of computational, statistical, experimental and registry-based research in common diseases. Further information on the Research areas and Principal investigators can be found here

We are interested in candidates in the following fields: human genetics (including but not limited to focus on computational genetics), systems medicine, data science, population health and precision medicine. Candidates are expected to be able to leverage the data, infrastructure, expertise and networks available at FIMM, including the translational, clinical and wide industrial contacts. The group leader will enjoy access to the unique infrastructures available at the FIMM Technology Centre, at HiLIFE, at the national Biocenter Finland network and international capabilities provided by the EMBL

FIMM provides an attractive support package which includes the salary of the group leader, support to other personnel, consumables and modern laboratory and office facilities. The candidate is expected to significantly complement this budget through other national or international grants and/or industrial collaborations. 


Qualification requirements include an MD/PhD, PhD or equivalent degree, postdoctoral training and a track-record of high-impact publications in the top journals in the field and international mobility. Like a typical EMBL group leader position, the FIMM-EMBL molecular medicine group leader position is intended for an early-stage independent researcher, preferably a candidate who has reached a career level equivalent to that applicable for applicants to ERC Starting Grant. We expect that the group leader will engage in multidisciplinary research collaborations with other FIMM research groups, and with the life science community in Helsinki.

FIMM is the Finnish node of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, composed of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory EMBL and the centres for molecular medicine in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. FIMM is also a member of the EU-LIFE Community.

The full-length job description and the application instructions can be found from the University of Helsinki career pages. Please apply no later than September 6, 2023.

For further information please visit our website or contact FIMM Director Samuli Ripatti fimm-director(at)