The University of Helsinki is a leading Nordic university with a preeminent role in life science research. Within the university, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences is a part of the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE), dedicated to successful development of biotechnology and integrative biology and the application of this knowledge for the benefit of society. HiLIFE coordinates research infrastructures, provides research-based interdisciplinary training, and supports researchers within its units and partner faculties.
The mitochondrial morphogenesis group led by Docent Hongxia Zhao is inviting applications for
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS OR DOCTORAL STUDENTS IN CELL BIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
for a fixed-term of two years with a possibility of extension. The full-time position will start in September 2019, or later by agreement.
Mitochondria are key regulators of many important cellular processes and loss of mitochondrial function result in a large number of human diseases and aging. Mitochondrial function relies on the complex mitochondrial shape, membrane ultrastructure and dynamics, which abnormalities lead to organelle dysfunction and eventually cell death. The molecular mechanism of mitochondrial membrane architectural organization and factors involved in regulation of mitochondrial shape and dynamics remain largely unknown. The research group of Hongxia Zhao uses a wide array of biochemical, biophysical, cell biological, and genetic methods to identify and characterize novel proteins critical for mitochondrial morphogenesis and dynamics, to address the underlying molecular mechanisms and their functional link to mitochondrial diseases.
We are now looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individual(s) with a strong background in cell biology and biochemistry. Strong expertise in mitochondrial biology is highly beneficial. The working language of the lab is English and knowledge of the Finnish language is not necessary.
The salary of the postdoctoral researcher will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities, and the starting salary of the doctoral student will be based on level 2. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary of the postdoctoral researcher will be ca. 3200–3500 euros/month and that of the doctoral student will be ca. 2200–2300 euros/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience. A six-month trial period will be applied.
To apply, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply for job. Internal applicants 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 and bibliography and contact information for 2-3 references.
The deadline for submitting applications is August 15, 2019, but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
For informal inquiries, contact hongxia.zhao(at)helsinki.fi.
For more information, please refer to the relevant publication:
Wang L, Yan Z, Vihinen H, Eriksson O, Wang W, Soliymani R, Lu Y, Xue Y, Jokitalo E, Li J, Zhao H* (2018) FAM92A1 Is a BAR Domain Protein Required for Mitochondrial Ultrastructure and Function. J. Cell Biol. 218:97-111.
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