Laboratory technician in Biocenter Oulu Transgenic and Tissue Imaging Center at University of Oulu

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 15 Dec 2021

We are building the future with science! The University of Oulu is one of the biggest universities in Finland with various fields of science. We participate in solving global challenges by combining interdisciplinary approaches, high-level research, and successful collaboration. Many of our research units represent international top-level research in their fields. Together with Oulu university of applied sciences we form the academic centre of Oulu. ( ).

Biocenter Oulu is a focus institute of University of Oulu to advance quality of research and to provide open access infrastructure services in seven technology platforms ( ) including Electron microscopy (EM) ( ) and Transgenic and Tissue Phenotyping (TTP) ( ) core facilities. Biocenter Oulu offers an inspiring and international working environment where individuals can cultivate their skills, do meaningful work, and develop professionally.

Description of the position

A joint laboratory technician position is available in Biocenter Oulu EM and TTP core facilities. The primary task is preparation of biological specimens for histopathological imaging and assistance in microscopy data acquisition and analysis. The post is permanent. Starting date on January 17, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of the contract.

The laboratory technician will join Biocenter Oulu EM and TPP cores and be part of the dedicated and skilful team, which provides services for the national and international research community and participate in research. The main duties include preparation of biological specimens for light and electron microscopy (incl. fixation, embedding, sectioning, and staining), assistance in imaging and a variety of basic laboratory methods. Additional tasks can be agreed based on the core facility’s requirements and offered services, and on the personal skills and interest of the recruited person.

Required qualifications and assessment
Successful applicant must hold a suitable degree (e.g. laboratory technician or bioanalyst degree). Practical laboratory experience with histological methods is considered as an advantage. Fluency in both written and spoken Finnish and English is required. Good computer, communication and teamwork skills as well as willingness to learn are also expected.

The salary will be based on levels 5 – 6 (depending on the experience in the key technologies) of the demand level chart for the “other staff” of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). The salary is in practice roughly 2,300 – 2,600 €/month, depending on qualifications and performance.

Application Procedure

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application form by 15.12.2021. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

The following documents must be attached to the application (in English or Finnish):
1) Curriculum vitae
2) Brief description of experience and motivation
3) Copies of the degree certificate
4) Contact information of two persons who may be asked to give references of the candidate

The applicants fitting best for the position will be interviewed on-site or remotely.

For further information regarding the filling of this post:
Professor Lauri Eklund, Director of Biocenter Oulu infrastructures, email: lauri.eklund(at)
Associate Professor Reetta Hinttala, Coordinator of TTP core facility, email: reetta.hinttala(at)
Docent Ilkka Miinalainen, Coordinator of EM core facility, email: Ilkka.miinalainen(at)

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