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Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is a leading Nordic life science university and an international academic community comprising 40,000 students and staff. Helsinki Institute of Life Science HiLIFE Science ( is a life science research institute forming an attractive international environment for researchers with its units - Institute of Biotechnology (, Institute of Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM (, and Neuroscience Center ( - and in close collaboration with the life science faculties Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences ( and Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry ( Together they foster national and international partnerships in areas of research, infrastructures, and innovations as. For the most part HiLIFE operates in the Viikki bioscience campus and within the Academic Medical Center Helsinki.

THRIVING NATURE - Towards Future Healthy Ecosystems, is one the three research areas within University of Helsinki (UH) new Profiling Action 5, PROFI5 ( ).The goals of THRIVING NATURE are focus areas in the Faculties of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Agriculture and Forestry, and in HiLIFE. A new feature in PROFI5 is to establish a new BioData Analytics unit which will develop new methods for data collection, management and analysis.

HiLIFE, Helsinki Institute of Life Science, invites applications for the positions of


The BioData Analytics Unit is aimed to serve the research community of this profiling area at University of Helsinki and will initially consist of three data analysts and a data and server manager (staff scientists). The positions are initially for five years with a possibility for extension.

We are seeking for outstanding applicants with a solid track record including a PhD or equivalent degree or practical work experience in statistics and/or bioinformatics, and especially their application to large biological data sets. The staff scientists will take part in research projects in the life science area, both by applying state-of-the-art statistical and bioinformatics methods to biological data sets and taking part to the development of new methodology with special emphasis on modern big data applications. The BioData Analytics unit serves the HiLife scientists and typical data analysis tasks include, but are not restricted to, genome, ecological, community, and phenotyping data. Salary range for the staff-scientist position will be 3200-4200 €/month. There will be a 6-month probation for the positions.

The BioData Analytics Unit will be overseen by a board formed by PIs of Viikki Campus and their supervisor will be the bioinformatics Prof. Ville Mustonen. The initial funding for the unit comes from PROFI 5 but the unit will become self-sufficient for funding through participation in competitive calls and cost recovery by the end of PROFI5. The unit is expected to enlarge significantly after its establishment during this PROFI5 action due to increased demand for and use of the methods the unit provides, and links with the current sequencing services.

Support in curation of further big data generated in Thriving Nature will be one of the roles of the new BioData Analytics Unit, and will build on current initiatives by UH and the Ministry of Education who are using ecological data already generated by Thriving Nature PIs as a pilot for a new long-term data storage platform (

Applications must be submitted through the University's 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 closing date for applications is 18 November 2019.

Further information:
• On the position: Professor Kurt Fagerstedt, kurt.fagerstedt(at), tel. +358 294159438, and Professor Ville Mustonen, v.mustonen(at), tel. +358 2941 59602
• On the recruitment process: HR Specialist Harri Hamara, harri.hamara (at)
• Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi (at)

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