The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world.

Helsinki Institute of Life Science HiLIFE is a new life science research institute forming an attractive international environment for researchers, and facilitating national and international partnerships in areas of research, infrastructures, and innovations. The university life science research institutes - Institute of Biotechnology, Institute of Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM, and Neuroscience Center - are included in HiLIFE as operative units.

Institute of Biotechnology is an international, competitive and rewarding workplace, where the staff within the 28 research groups and 7 core facilities exceeds 300 and comes from 30 different countries. The Institute has the-state-of-the-art core facilities, which are shared both locally as well as nationally as part of Biocenter Finland and are also popular among enterprises in the life sciences area.

Electron microscopy unit is a research laboratory and a core facility within the Institute. Our activities include personal user support, maintenance of imaging systems and teaching. Annually we have around 100 projects from biological and medical sciences. About one third of the projects are research collaborations, while the others are based on joint use of instruments and paid services.

Electron microscopy unit is inviting applications for a

The post involves participation in EM core facility services for local, national and international clients, including basic and advanced sample preparation for transmission and scanning electron microscopy, and preparation of thin sections for TEM analysis. It also involves participation in other duties of the unit such as taking care of orders, approval of invoices, training of new users in specimen preparation and use of microscopes and other instruments.

Qualifications and experience
A successful candidate should be highly motivated, have excellent organizational skills and previous experience in laboratory work in biological or medical fields. The candidate should have a suitable laboratory education and good skills in using basic computing programs. We appreciate cooperative attitude and enthusiasm for learning new skills. The candidate should be fluent in English and have good communication skills.

Salary and contract
The salary is based on level 7 of the job requirement scheme for other personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The position is offered with a six-month trial period, and continuation of the position after 2020 pivots on unit’s HiLIFE evaluations.

Applications should include a letter stating your interests, previous work experience and CV in English. Please compile all materials into a single PDF file.

The application, together with the required attachment, must be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply for the position. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal. The selection will be done on rolling basis and the call may be terminated before the end of April if a suitable candidate for this position has been found, so interested applicants need to apply as soon as possible.

For further information, please contact Research director Eija Jokitalo or Laboratory technician Mervi Lindman (emails In case you need assistance with the University’s electronic recruitment system or SAP HR portal, please contact

Due date

30.04.2019 23:59 EEST