Postdoctoral Researcher in Muscle Biochemistry

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 23 Jan 2023

We are looking for a highly motivated and multidisciplinary orientated Postdoctoral Researcher. The position is located at the Department of Food and Nutrition, at Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.


We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Researcher, who will be part of a multidisciplinary research team working on a muscle defect in broiler chickens. The position in the project Broiler Wooden Breast myopathy: Underlying mechanisms, and maternal nutrition for alleviation. The project is funded by Academy of Finland. This project studies the structure and function of the breast muscle at various bird ages. Additionally, in growth experiments the aim is to study whether the feeding of broiler breeders or exercise of the broilers influence wooden breast prevalence.

The Postdoctoral researcher will be employed for 3 years at the University of Helsinki. In addition to conducting research the person will take part in teaching (5% of worktime), which can be also supervision of MSc thesis work. The chosen postdoctoral researcher will participate in experimental and laboratory measures, data processing and analyses, and preparing scientific publications.

Requirements and eligibility criteria

  • PhD in a suitable field, such as food science, agricultural sciences, muscle physiology, or equivalent. It is an advantage for the position to have experience with muscle analysis, food chemistry, connective tissue research or proteomics.
  • Demonstrated capacity in data analysis.
  • Experience in carrying out research independently and working in a team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Good time management and project management skills

Salary and benefits

The postdoctoral researcher’s salary will be based on level 5 of the requirement level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities and will depend on the personal qualifications and prior experience on related tasks of the appointee.

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The starting date is 1 February 2023, or as agreed. Questions related to the position should be addressed to university lecturer Per Ertbjerg (per.ertbjerg(at)

How to apply

Please submit your application via our recruitment system by 23 January 2023 (23.59 EET).

The application should include as one single pdf file:

  • a motivation letter, including brief overview of past research and other experience (max 1 page)
  • a complete CV with full contact details, education/previous degrees obtained, prior work/research experience, and list of possible publications and theses with links to their online versions (if available)
  • copy/copies of the diploma(s) of master and doctoral degree(s)
  • contact information of one or more previous supervisors, employers, or other references

External applicants, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via Apply Now button.

Applicants who have a -username and a valid employment contract, a grant researcher’s contract or a visiting researcher’s contract at the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by using the employee login.

For further information on the recruitment process and the recruitment system please contact HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen (mirkka.juntunen(at)

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of gender identities, and linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

About us

The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry is nationally unique faculty with a high international standing. The mission of the faculty is to promote the sustainable use of renewable natural resources through scientific research and research-based teaching. We focus on agricultural and forest sciences, food and nutrition, microbiology, as well as on economics and management.

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