The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the world's leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 17 other locations.

Drug Research Program, Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, invites applications for a


The period of appointment is from August 1, 2018 until May 31, 2020. Trial period of six months will be applied.

We are looking for a highly motivated and outstanding postdoctoral researcher for the Smart Small Molecule Drugs project. The project is funded by the New Knowledge and Business from Research Ideas program TUTLI of Business Finland (formerly Tekes). The project aims at optimizing small molecular compounds by using modern methods and techniques of medicinal chemistry. Eventually the project aims at novel treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and acute brain insults such as stroke in collaboration with the A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences of the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio Campus.

The ideal candidate should have a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry or equivalent degree as well as a strong background and expertise in synthetic organic chemistry. In addition, candidates with at least 1–3 years of previous postdoctoral experience abroad are highly appreciated.

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to be able to conduct independent scholarly work and he/she will be actively involved in the design and synthesis of novel compounds, the development of organic synthesis methodology for the compounds, and the analyses of structure-activity relationship. The research will take place at the medicinal chemistry laboratories of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Biocenter Viikki, Helsinki. The work includes teaching in the Faculty’s degree programs and other activities in the Faculty’s Drug Research Program.

The salary will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. With the salary component based on personal performance the overall salary range is ca. 3100–3800 euros per month.

The application should include as a single, max. 5-page pdf-file: CV of the candidate, including education, previous degrees obtained, prior postdoctoral research experience (max. 2 pages), A list of publications (max. 2 pages), and One letter of motivation (max. 1 page). No other appendices or enclosures will be accepted or considered.

Please submit your application with the attachment by 6 June 2018 at 23:59 (GMT+2 hrs) using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position (Hae työpaikkaa). Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. Please fill in only the mandatory fields (*) in the Recruitment System, and deliver the attachments as a single pdf file (separated files will not be considered).

Enquiries about the position should be addressed to Prof. Jari Yli-Kauhaluoma, jari.yli-kauhaluoma(at) Enquiries about the electronic recruitment system and application should be addressed to the HR Specialist Heidi Kauppinen, heidi.m.kauppinen(at), p. +358504155341.

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