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.

HiLIFE operates mainly in the campuses of Meilahti and Viikki. Our life science community forms a unique interdisciplinary environment where the interests of researchers cover a broad scope from structure, function and dynamics of molecules and cells to entire organisms and ecosystems.

This advertised position will be based at the Viikki campus, and the successful applicant will also be a part of the Individuals and Populations Research Program at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences. Viikki campus is an important centre of biosciences ranging from cell and molecular biology to ecology and evolution, sustainability, food sciences and biotechnology. Viikki provides access to state of the art core facilities for imaging, proteomics, structural biology, genomics and biocomputing, as well as to environmental experimentations, plant growth facilities and research farm. It is also home to Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine, and to several government research institutions. This makes Viikki an excellent environment for interdisciplinary research and collaboration across organizational borders.

Assistant Professor Dr Rose Thorogood, from the Information Ecology and Evolution research group, is looking for outstanding candidates for a position of:


for a fixed term of 3 years starting from 1.1.2018, or as soon as the best applicant is available.

The Postdoc will join an international group, which conducts research projects in Finland, the UK, and New Zealand investigating how social environments influence co-evolution and adaptation to change. The successful candidate will take part in developing a project focussed on discovering how brood-parasite host defences arise, and are maintained, in communities undergoing range expansions. We will conduct field experiments in Southern Finland (with support from a skilled field technician) to manipulate social and personal information available to hosts (reed warbler), and simulate parasitism in populations that are currently naïve of common cuckoos. As well as testing hypotheses we will collect data on behavioural responses to integrate with spatial and habitat maps to describe an information landscape. We will also conduct extensive population-level sampling to explore genomic responses to parasitism and range expansion using a bottom-up approach. This aspect of the project will be done in collaboration with Dr Fabrice Eroukhmanoff (Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo) and provide opportunities for mobility to Oslo. The focus of the specific research questions can be modified in accordance with the background and interests of the candidate.

Thorogood, R and N. B. Davies (2012). "Cuckoos combat socially transmitted defenses of reed warbler hosts with a plumage polymorphism". Science 337: 578-580.
Thorogood, R, and N. B. Davies (2016). "Combining personal with social information facilitates host defences and explains why cuckoos should be secretive". Scientific Reports 6: 19872.
Lo Cascio Sætre, C., C. Coleiro, M. Austad, M. Gauci, G.-P. Sætre, K.L. Voje, F. Eroukhmanoff (2017). Rapid adaptive phenotypic change following colonization of a newly restored habitat. Nature Communications 8: 14159.

The successful applicant should have completed a PhD in behavioural ecology, evolutionary ecology, or a related field and have a strong background in experimental design, conducting independent fieldwork, and data analysis. Experience with molecular methods including RADseq and analysis is desirable but not essential. The successful applicant will be expected to think independently and creatively, and must be able to demonstrate an ability to prepare manuscripts and publish as a first author.The working language of the research group is English.

The salary will be based on level 5 – 6 of the salary scheme for research and teaching staff at Finnish Universities. The starting salary will be ca. €3300 – 3800 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. A trial period will be applied.

To apply, please submit your application by 4.12.2017 using the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply for job. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) 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 research interests and relevant work experience, your CV (including publication list), as well as contact information for 2 references.

For additional information, please contact Dr Rose Thorogood by email: rose.thorogood(at) For further information about the research group see

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