Postdoctoral fellow in Bioinformatics / Computational Biologist / Biomedical Data Scientist

Postdoctoral fellow in Bioinformatics / Computational Biologist / Biomedical Data Scientist

University of Eastern Finland

Kuopio, Finland

The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,000 students and 2,500 members of staff. We operate on two campuses, in Joensuu and Kuopio. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading universities in the world.

The Faculty of Health Sciences operates at the Kuopio Campus of the University of Eastern Finland. The Faculty offers education in medicine, dentistry, nutrition and pharmacy, as well as in some other central fields of the health care sector. The Faculty is research-intensive, and its internationally recognized research activities are closely linked to the strategic research areas of the University. There are approximately 2 500 degree students and about 450 PhD students in the Faculty. The faculty has 680 staff members.

The Cardiovascular Genomics Research Group at the Faculty of Health Sciences, A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences, Kuopio is offering a Postdoctoral Position in Computational Integration of Genetics and Genomics Data (Bioinformatics).

Description of the position
We are looking for an enthusiastic, talented and passionate postdoctoral fellow or bioinformatics scientist with a PhD in, bioinformatics or computational/systems biology. This is an excellent opportunity for candidates who wish to develop a career in biological data science with access to rare multi-omics datasets and well-characterized longitudinal cohorts with a wealth of biological and clinical data.

The project funded by the European Research Council Starting Grant “EnDeCAD” and led by associate professor Minna Kaikkonen-Määttä is focused on studying the genetic basis of coronary artery disease (CAD). The research aims to understand the effects of single nucleotide polymorphisms located at the regulatory elements (enhancers) of CAD-associated genes in different cell types and how this contributes to disease process. The project involves data integration from a wide-array of genomics data sets generated in-house (GRO-Seq, RNA-Seq, scRNA-Seq, Hi-C, ChIP-Seq) to obtain a more complete picture of the gene regulatory events driving disease progression. In addition, deep phenotypic data for cardiovascular risk factors, gene expression and metabolomics from patient cohorts is analyzed for biomarker identification and risk stratification. The responsibilities of the postdoctoral researcher include computational analysis related to the project and supervision of PhD students. The research milieu consists of researchers with background in molecular medicine, genomics, genetics, biotechnology, bioinformatics and extensive international collaboration networks (candidate will engage in research visits).

The person to be appointed to the Postdoctoral Researcher Position is required to hold a doctoral degree and demonstrate a track record of productivity and innovation. The applicant should have a background in computational sciences, bioinformatics or systems biology, hold strong analytical and problem solving skills, basic knowledge of genomics and ability to work independently in a multi-disciplinary team. Proficiency in English is required. Prior programming experience and proficiency in genomics data analysis should be detailed in the cover letter.
More information on the research group can be found here:

Other qualification requirements/ prerequisites

The position is offered initially as a fixed-term appointment for one year (1.1.2019-31.12.2019) with the possibility of further extension following a successful evaluation. A probationary period of six months is applied.

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on level 5 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (€2,894/ month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 46.3% of the job requirement component. The average starting salary of a postdoc is €3,400/month.

For further information on the position, please contact: Associate Professor Minna Kaikkonen-Määttä. For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR Secretary Asta Suhonen, tel. +358403552000,

The electronic application should contain the following appendices:
· a résumé or CV (
· a list of publications (
· copies of the applicant’s academic degree certificates/ diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to the applicant’s language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas

The application needs to be submitted by 17.12.2018 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.

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