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.

The Neuroscience Center invites applications from outstanding candidates for

Research Director of in vivo rodent imaging and electrophysiology core facility

for a 5-year appointment starting the earliest from January 1, 2021 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 the in vivo rodent imaging and electrophysiology research core facility (, 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 core facility comprises of in vivo brain microscopy unit and platforms for in vivo electrophysiological recordings in both anesthetized and awake mice.

We are seeking for candidates with excellent track-record and wide knowledge in the field of in vivo rodent brain imaging and electrophysiology. We are particularly looking for candidates with research focus that helps bridging research between rodent and human neuroscience in the Neuroscience Center. We expect candidate to further develop the research infrastructure and its services to be utilized by the wide neuroscience community of the Neuroscience Center and University.

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, and participate in the supervision of students. Candidates should be able to take the advantages of the infrastructures and networks available at NC.

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 mouse behavioral phenotyping center. The members of NC also have an access to human brain imaging in the BioMag laboratory in the HUS Medical Imaging Centre and Aalto University facilities.

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 invited up to 15 November 2020 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 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 in vivo imaging and electrophysiology and why the candidate is interested in the position. Candidates should also describe how their research ties to the NC research objectives.
• 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.

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)

Due date

15.11.2020 23:59 EET