The University of Helsinki is a vibrant scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine focuses on One Health research, with food safety, animal health and welfare, and translational medicine as its top profiling areas.

Professor Miia Lindström’s research group focus on molecular, epidemiological, ecological, and evolutionary facets of spore-forming and psychrotrophic food-borne pathogenic bacteria, with an emphasis on Clostridium botulinum and Listeria monocytogenes. We have an open position for a postdoctoral researcher in an ERC-funded project focusing on the mechanisms and regulation of C. botulinum neurotoxin production. The project utilizes state-of-the-art single-cell biology and –omics profiling tools and aims to understand the regulation, biological rationales, and control of bacterial toxin production.


The appointment is for 2 years, preferably starting in January-February 2020. The position will be filled with a 6-month probation period.

We are looking for a highly motivated, curiosity-driven and skilled applicant with a doctoral (PhD) degree in biology or other life sciences, with special focus on microbial ecology and evolution. The successful candidate is expected to have prior experience in microbiological techniques, (microbial) genomics, functional genomics, epigenetics, and biotechnology. Previous experience with anaerobic bacteria will be considered a strength, but can be provided by the employer.

The successful candidate is expected to have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research team is imperative.

We offer an opportunity for exciting research in a world-leading laboratory in its field. We have a state-of-the-art laboratory in internationally valued, multidisciplinary research environment. We provide specific hands-on skills with anaerobic microbiology, microbial genetics, single-cell biology, and animal models. Apart from research work, we provide opportunities for participating in scientific congresses, writing grant applications, and contributing to undergraduate research training and supervision. In the team, we are 10 genuine individuals with scientific backgrounds in veterinary medicine, microbiology, biotechnology, and molecular biology. We possess a wide range of technical skills and knowledge, and cherish a well-functioning group dynamic.

The monthly salary will vary between 3 100–3 700 € depending on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Furthermore, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development.

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Application and further information

The application should include a motivation letter (max 2 pages) and a complete CV with:
- education/previous degrees obtained
- description of prior work/research experience and a list of publications
- recommendation letters or names and contact information of two references

The above attachments must be submitted as a single pdf file. Please, submit your application with the attachment file using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply for the position link. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for submitting applications is December 15, 2019, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Enquiries about the position should be addressed to prof. Miia Lindström: miia.lindstrom(at)
For possible technical support with the recruitment system, please contact HR Specialist Heidi Kauppinen, heidi.m.kauppinen(at)

Due date

15.12.2019 23:59 EET