The University of Helsinki is a leading Nordic university with a strong life science research. An international academic community with a critical outlook and a creative attitude is aiming to build a better future together.

Helsinki Institute of Life Science, HiLIFE, is a new life science institute at the University of Helsinki established in 2017 supporting high quality research across campuses and life science faculties. HiLIFE builds on existing strengths, new recruits and partnerships to create an attractive international environment for solving grand challenges in health, food, and environment. It coordinates research infrastructures in life sciences, provides research-based interdisciplinary training and supports researchers within its units and partner faculties.

Institute of Biotechnology is a part of Helsinki Institute of Life Science, HiLIFE, with a mission to increase knowledge in biotechnology and integrative biology and use this for the benefit of society. Institute of Biotechnology aims to strengthen its position as an international outstanding research institute in biosciences profiled through high impact research and renowned scientists and to develop as an international, competitive and rewarding workplace sought after as a collaboration partner within the university and internationally.

Group Ahtiainen, located in Viikki campus, is looking for outstanding candidates for a position of

Doctoral student, Imaging Cellular Mechanisms of Embryonic Tooth Development
for a fixed-term

Our group uses a combination of transgenic mouse models and organ culture methods with confocal fluorescence live tissue imaging, cell and molecular biology and transcriptomic approaches to address mechanistic questions in the cell biology of ectodermal organ development and dysplasia. The PhD project will focus on the cell biological aspects of regulation of early tooth development and dysplasia models.

Desired skills and experience: You must hold a M.Sc. degree (or about to graduate) in cell biology, genetics, developmental biology, biochemistry, or related field. Conceptual knowledge of basic cell and molecular biology methods is required and prior practical experience in cell biology or developmental biology is appreciated. Previous experience in imaging or transcriptomics would be an advantage. Since you will be part of an international research environment, good communication skills in English are important.

We offer a position in an internationally renowned multidisciplinary research environment supported by excellent core facilities. The group is led by Academy of Finland research fellow and HiLife fellow Laura Ahtiainen. You will have the opportunity to learn and be a part of research using leading edge imaging methodologies in an enthusiastic and supportive atmosphere. The purpose of the position is research and training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The selected doctoral student will apply for a right to conduct graduate studies at the University of Helsinki (UH) and register at a relevant Graduate Program at UH.

The full-time position of one year can start in April 2018 or upon mutual agreement. A continuation after that is possible. The salary is based on the demand level 2 of the salary system of the Finnish Universities for Teaching and researcher staff. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. A trial period of 6 months will be applied.

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The application should include:
-A motivation letter (max. 1 page)
-CV including: Education/previous degrees obtained, prior laboratory work/research experience
-Two recommendation letters or names and contact information of reference

Applications should be submitted as a single pdf file through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the Apply link. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) please submit your applications through the SAP HR portal.

Deadline for applications is April 15th, 2018.

Please note that the position may be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been identified.

If you have any questions, please contact: Laura Ahtiainen, laura.ahtiainen(at)
In case you need support with the recruitment portal, please contact recruitment(at)

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