Doctoral Researcher, Cell and Molecular Biology

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Aug 2022

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science  is currently seeking to recruit candidates to the position of


for a fixed-term from January 2, 2023, or as agreed, until August 31, 2026.

Within the Academy of Finland research project "Ecology of bacteriophages in mucosa during vertebrate host lifespan" we are looking for a highly motivated doctoral researcher with demonstrated experience in microbiology (bacteria and/or viruses) to pursue their doctoral studies at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

The project will explore how the mucosal environment influences bacteriophage infectivity and the bacterial resistance mechanisms against phages, and how age-associated changes in mucosal surfaces influence phage-mucosa interaction. Model pathogens used in these experiments are Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus mutans and Flavobacterium columnare. The Doctoral candidate will perform phage-bacterium interaction studies in laboratory using traditional microbiological methods and in vitro cell cultures, and in vivo, using a zebra fish model. Basic skills in microbiological methods and /or cell and molecular biology are needed. During the project, the Doctoral Researcher will acquire comprehensive knowledge and experience in microbiological and molecular biology methods, as well as dissemination of research findings e.g. in the form of scientific publications and seminar presentations. 

Qualifications we are looking for

You are the person we are looking for if you have 

  • Master’s degree, or be about to obtain Master’s degree, in a relevant field
  • Experience in microbiology (working with phages or other viruses) and/or cell culture
  • Capability of conducting independent research, solid in English language and scientific writing
  • The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Doctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines . The MSc degree required for the position must have been completed before starting the position. Doctoral Researcher needs to be also enrolled in the doctoral programme which can be applied from the Faculty of Mathematics and Science after selection for the position.

    What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

    At the University of Jyväskylä, you are a recognized member of our community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. You get to participate in our international and multidisciplinary community where the welfare of each individual is important. At the University of Jyväskylä, we offer a great and lively campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. 

    Finland has a high standard of living, with free schooling (also in English), affordable childcare, good family benefits, and healthcare. Jyväskylä is located in central Finland in the Finnish Lake District having excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The city of Jyväskylä is a major educational center with a large student population and a vibrant cultural atmosphere. For more information regarding the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University's International Staff Guide .

    The annual salary for a Doctoral Researcher will be approximately 28,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus). With progress of the thesis work, the salary will be revised in accordance with the Collective Agreement of Finnish Universities. A trial period of six months will be used in the beginning of the employment.

    How to apply

    The application documents that should be included in PDF format:

  • Curriculum vitae including publications and contact information of two academics who can provide reference letters
  • Motivation letter including a statement of research interests.
  • Relevant certificates / diplomas (or the date of completion the MSc)
  • Other relevant documents
  • Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by 15 August 2022. 

    For further details, please contact Associate Professor Lotta-Riina Sundberg, .

    The research in the Department focuses on three core areas: evolutionary biology, natural resources and environment, and biological nanoscience. The Department building, Ambiotica, is an integral part of the University of Jyväskylä's Ylistönrinne Mathematics and Science Research Complex, which includes buildings of chemistry, physics and nanoscience. Ambiotica houses high quality laboratories for bioscience and experimental facilities for a wide range of biological and chemical analyses as well as highly motivated laboratory personnel. 

    The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. JYU's naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

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