The University of Helsinki is a leading Nordic university with a preeminent role in life science research. Within the university, the Institute of Biotechnology (BI) is a part of the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE), dedicated to successful development of biotechnology and integrative biology and the application of this knowledge for the benefit of society. HiLIFE coordinates research infrastructures, provides research-based interdisciplinary training, and supports researchers within its units and partner faculties.

The group of Ari Löytynoja is inviting applications for a

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN EVOLUTIONARY SEQUENCE ANALYSIS

for 3 years fixed term. The full-time position will start in October 2019, or later by agreement.

Template switching is a poorly known mutational mechanism that copies short stretches of sequence from the opposite strand and causes clusters of differences between homologous sequences. The mechanism has previously been studied in microbes and we recently showed (https://genome.cshlp.org/content/27/6/1039) that mutation patterns consistent with it are polymorphic also in humans. The role and significance of template switching in evolution of genes and organisms is not known.

We are now looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic post-doctoral fellow to join in a project studying this mechanism in more detail. The applicant is required to hold PhD in evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, computer science, or a related field, as well as strong written and oral communication skills. The working language of the lab is English; knowledge of the Finnish language is not necessary. Strong experience in computer programming and Linux systems is required, prior experience in evolutionary sequence analysis is an advantage.

The salary is based on level 5 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance.

To apply, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply for job. Internal applicants must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal. Upload a single pdf-file containing a one-page letter with a personal statement outlining your relevant work experience and motivation to work on this particular project; your CV and bibliography; and contact information for 2-3 references.

The deadline for submitting applications is August 31, 2019, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For informal inquiries, contact ari.loytynoja(at)helsinki.fi

Due date

31.08.2019 23:59 EEST