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

two GROUP LEADER positions

for a five year appointment starting earliest from January 1, 2020, with a possibility for a tenure track upon successful evaluation. The position is open for two candidates with excellent track records in the field of systems neuroscience, molecular neuroscience or stem cell-based brain research. We are particularly looking for candidates with research focus that helps to bridge research between rodent and human neuroscience.

We offer an international, inspiring, and supportive research environment, along with excellent research facilities and in-house state-of-the art technologies. NC hosts state-of-art infrastructures and facilities for rodent brain research. These include neuronal stem cell core, multiphoton microscopes, optogenetics, in vivo imaging and electrophysiology, as well behavioral facilities. The members of NC have also an access to human brain imaging.

The qualification requirements include an applicable doctoral degree, postdoctoral training from a relevant field in neuroscience, and an excellent scientific track record with high-impact publications in the top journals of the field.

We expect successful candidates to carry out independent research line, 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 positions come with an attractive negotiable 3-5 year startup package and a competitive salary according to the University of Helsinki guidelines. Group leaders are expected to complement their support package through national or international grants and/or industrial collaborations. 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 27 October 2019 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 package consists of an online form and a single pdf attachment. The application should be written in English should contain the following:

• Cover letter summarizing the candidate’s research focus, multidisciplinarity, and how it ties to the NC research objectives.
• Curriculum vitae (2 - 3 pages)
• Publication list
• 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 interviews and statements of shortlisted applicants by Neuroscience Center’s Scientific Advisory Board. The interviews take place on December 2-3, 2019. The recruitment is expected to be completed by the end of January 2020.

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

Due date

27.10.2019 23:59 EEST