Open position: Research Director of mouse behavioral phenotyping facility

The Neuroscience Center invites applications from outstanding candidates for Research Director of mouse behavioral phenotyping facility for a 5-year appointment starting the earliest from January 1, 2022 with a possibility for renewal.

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The Neuroscience Center invites applications from outstanding candidates for Research Director of mouse behavioral phenotyping facility for a 5-year appointment starting the earliest from January 1, 2022 with a possibility for renewal.

The duration of the appointment is negotiable and dependent on the applicant’s qualifications. A start-up package can be provided for outstanding research intense candidates upon negotiations.

The successful candidate is expected to act as a director for mouse behavioral phenotyping core facility (MBPF) /en/infrastructures/comprehensive-model-organism..., including duties of management and further development of the core, as well as to carrying out independent neuroscience research as a PI by applying the technologies and methods made available by the core. The MBPF is a state-of-the-art core facility providing equipment and professional assistance (including design, implementation, analysis, presentation, reporting and interpretation) for researchers interested in behavioural examination of the mouse models. MBPF is a partner in national technology platform for mammalian model organisms, FinGMice ( supported by Biocenter Finland), operating at the Laboratory Animal Center (/en/infrastructures/comprehensive-model-organism...) of University of Helsinki. This combination creates a strong infrastructure to support the research with rodent models.

We are seeking for candidates with excellent track-record and wide knowledge in the field of mouse behavioral phenotyping. We are particularly looking for candidates with both research focus, strong experience in the development of novel mouse behavioral phenotyping methods as well as prior experience in the leadership of infrastructures. We expect candidates to further develop the research infrastructure and its services to be utilized by the wide neuroscience community of the Neuroscience Center and University of Helsinki.

We also expect successful candidates to obtain competitive research funding, engage in multidisciplinary research collaborations with other NC research groups and with the Helsinki neuroscience community at national and international level, and participate in the supervision of students.

The qualification requirements include an applicable doctoral degree and postdoctoral training from a relevant field in neuroscience, excellent scientific track-record with high-impact publications in the expected research field as well as proven evidence to attract competitive research funding. Prior experience in administrative duties is considered an advantage.

We offer an international, inspiring, and supportive research environment, along with excellent research facilities and in-house state-of-the-art technologies. NC hosts also other state-of-the-art infrastructures, including neuronal stem cell core and awake rodent research platform.

The position comes with competitive salary according to the University of Helsinki guidelines. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. 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 Helsinki in the world’s top ten most livable cities.

Applications are welcomed until 15 August 2021 at 23:59 (EET)

The application must be submitted as one single pdf file through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the Apply link below. Applicants employed by the University of Helsinki must submit their application through the SAP HR portal. The application, written in English, should contain the following:

• Cover letter summarizing the candidate’s research focus, prior experience in rodent behavioral phenotyping

• Curriculum vitae (2 - 3 pages)

• Publication list highlighting the 5 most relevant publications for the position.

• Research plan including a summary of past research accomplishments and future plans (max 5 pages).

• Names of two references

Evaluation of applications is carried out by an Appointment Committee and includes online interviews and statements of shortlisted applicants by Neuroscience Center’s Scientific Advisory Board.


Apply for the position here.


Further information:

NC director, Jari Koistinaho, tel: +358 503789207, e-mail:

For additional information on the recruitment process, you may also contact HR Specialist Anu Roine, tel. +358 50 556 0633, e-mail: In case you need technical support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment(at)


The Neuroscience Center (NC, is an international research unit within Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) of the University of Helsinki, a leading Nordic university with a strong commitment to life science research. NC aims at making fundamental discoveries about brain functions and especially translate research findings into improvements in the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of psychiatric and neurological disorders. The research in NC spans across several scales from stem cell research and molecular neuroscience to systems and cognitive neuroscience in both animal and human models. The research groups of NC conduct research in neuroscience at the highest international level and actively apply the results for the benefit of the society. NC collaborates actively with other units of HiLIFE and faculties of the University of Helsinki, Helsinki University Central Hospital, and Neurocenter Finland.