Laboratory technician in Stem Cell Culture and Differentiation

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 14 Dec 2023

Research Program Unit at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki invites applications for a fixed-term position of

Laboratory technician
in Stem Cell Culture and Differentiation

starting from 1 January 2024 or as soon as possible.

The Pluripotency and Disease Modeling team, lead by Prof. Timo Otonkoski and Dr. Diego Balboa is interested in human pluripotent stem cell biology, differentiation and genome editing, and how these tools can be applied to understand mechanisms behind pancreatic beta-cell failure leading to diabetes. We also operate a Core Facility service, the Biomedicum Stem Cell Centre (BSCC). Further information:

This is an international multidisciplinary team that combines approaches such as genome engineering in cellular model systems, single cell and functional genomics. It is funded by the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in Stem Cell Metabolism (MetaStem), the Wellcome Trust Foundation and the Novo Nordisk Foundation, among others.

The successful applicant will join a team of lab members working on stem cell-based modelling of genetic mechanisms relevant to diabetes treatment. The group is located at the Meilahti medical campus, the largest biomedical campus in Finland with excellent research facilities and networking opportunities.

Who are we looking for

• You have skills in mammalian cell culture
• You have skills in molecular biology techniques
• Desirable but not required: You have experience in stem cell culture
We are looking for a team-player colleague, eager to learn techniques that are core to the lab work.

What we offer

Detailed training in these techniques will be provided, previous specific experience is not a requirement. We provide a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructures, and unique professional career development opportunities. This position is initially for one year, with the possibility for long-term extension.

Monthly salary is based on YPJ job requirement levels in the salary system of Finnish universities for specialist and support staff, approx. 2400 – 3000 euro depending on the education and experience. A six-month trial period will be applied.

How to apply

Please send your application with following enclosures:
1. A motivation letter
2. A complete CV including contact details.
3. Contact details of two referees.

Please submit your applications through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the "Apply now" button. Applicants who are currently employed by the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP Fiori portal at The closing date for applications is 14.12.2023.

University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from variety of genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and minorities. You can read more about working at the university on our website .

For further information on the position, please contact Dr. Diego Balboa (diego.balboa (at)
For information on the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Marja Meresto (hr-ltdk (at)

About us

The Faculty of Medicine promotes high quality scientific research. It provides research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, dentistry, psychology and logopedics, and an international Master's Programme in Translational Medicine. It also offers psychotherapist education. In addition to its teaching and research activities, the faculty serves as a significant expert organisation in the healthcare sector and contributes to the discourse on ethics in the field. The faculty aims to be one of the best medical research faculties in the world, while reinforcing its status as a distinguished institution of multidisciplinary education in healthcare.

The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki constitutes the academic medical centre together with HUS Helsinki University Hospital and the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE). This medical centre has been successful in international comparisons, ranking among the top 10 medical campuses in Europe and the top 50 globally.

Research Programs Unit (RPU) of the Faculty of Medicine consolidates demonstrated research excellence, with focused research programs addressing the greatest challenges in human health.

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