Postdoctoral Researcher/Doctoral Researcher in Developmental Biology

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 21 Apr 2023

Stomatal Development and Plasticity research group at the Organismal and Evolutionary Research Programme, the University of Helsinki, Finland invites applications for a


This project aims to investigate how environmental fluctuations modify developmental processes at the molecular level by using stomatal lineage as a model system. Stomatal lineage behavior, and thus, stomata production is modulated by environmental information. Our research combines state-of-the-art molecular genetics, imaging, and plant-environment studies to assess regulation of stomatal developmental plasticity in leaves of the seed plants. We use Arabidopsis and Norway spruce as a model species. For further information about our work, please see: . Successful candidate will lead a research project and collaborate with members of our research group to characterize molecular mechanisms regulating stomata production during leaf development. We offer dynamic, international, and supporting research environment and excellent training.We are affiliated to Centre of Excellence in Tree Biology, an interdisciplinary and welcoming research community ( ). 

We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic postdoctoral fellow/doctoral researcher with independent and creative thinking skills. Postdoctoral candidate should have a doctoral degree in developmental biology, molecular or cell biology, or other relevant field and a proven record of excellence in this research field. Prior experience in 3D imaging and/or transcriptome analysis will be highly beneficial for this position. Doctoral candidate should have a master degree or related degree in similar fields and strong interest in developmental biology and molecular plant sciences. Candidate is expected to have good social skills and the ability to do research independently, and as a member of a team. Excellent writing and communication skills in English are essential.

The position is a fixed-term 2-year position. A trial period of 6 months will be applied. The position will be filled as agreed with selected candidate, latest in January 2024. The salary is defined in accordance with the University’s salary system for teaching and research personnel composed of task specific and personal performance components. The University offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, high-quality sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.

How to apply

The application should include the following attachments as a single pdf-file (in English):

  • a cover letter describing shortly your background and motivation to apply to this position (For example why you would like to join us and what would you bring?) (max. 1 page)

  • Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications (if any) with a brief summary explaining your own contributions

  • Names and contact information of two referees, who are willing to provide reference letters upon request

Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) please submit your applications through the SAPFiori portal .

The deadline for submitting the application is 21th of April 2023. For more information on the position, please contact Dr. Anne Vatén (anne.vaten(at)

If you need support with the recruitment system, please contact HR Specialist Harri Hamara (harri.hamara(at) or Jukka Kaario (jukka.kaario(at)

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Finland is one of the happiest country in the world offering a great environment fostering equality, equality of opportunities, the world’s best schooling system, and possibilities for work-family balance. University of Helsinki welcomes applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background, or minority group. For more information, please visit . The Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences comprises roughly 40 research groups, which employ 40 principal investigators and 120 researchers. The research programme is located in the Viikki science park equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and comprehensive core facilities for molecular, biochemical and cell biological research. The Viikki Plant Science Centre offers a stimulating high impact research environment for plant biologists (

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