Postdoctoral Researcher in the Epigenetics of Complex Diseases and Traits group

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 31 Dec 2022

FIMM is currently seeking outstanding candidates for the position of

Postdoctoral Researcher in the

Epigenetics of Complex Diseases and Traits group

Description:  Epigenetics of Complex Diseases & Traits  research group led by Miina Ollikainen is focused on understanding epigenetic variation and its relation to complex traits and diseases, such as smoking, alcohol use, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. Our research applies computational approaches utilizing genome-wide DNA methylation, histone modification and genotype data, and wealth of phenotypic data from well-characterized Finnish Twin Cohort Study participants. Our aim is at understanding biological mechanisms linking environmental exposures and complex phenotypes, producing reliable biomarker signatures and potential intervention targets as well as identification of epigenetic variants which could be used in risk prediction.

We are currently seeking for a motivated postdoctoral researcher, with stron computational and analytical skills to develop and apply computational approached to analyze, model and integrate omics data sets to assess the contribution of genome and epigenome to complex traits. The postdoc will be jointly responsible of coordinating the projects and supervising the PhD students, and will participate in national and international collaborations. 

Required qualifications and experience:

  • a PhD in (epi)genetics, statistical genetics, bioinformatics, (epi)genetic epidemiology, or similar
  • excellent computational and programming skills, especially in R
  • experience with computational (epi)genetics or epidemiological studies
  • experience with analysis of large omics data sets
  • solid publication track record
  • fluency in English and excellent scientific writing skills
  • experience in supervising and teaching

Salary & contract:   A one year contract is available for full time position, starting as soon as possible, with a possibility for extension pending successful review. The salary will be commensurate with qualifications based on the Finnish university salary (YPJ) system depending on the credentials, previous experience and performance of the postdoctoral researcher.

How to apply:  Application deadline is 31.12.2022 at 16.00 EET. Applications should include a CV and a cover letter and are submitted as a single PDF file (max 3 pages) in English by using the University of Helsinki recruitment system via the Apply link. Review of applications will begin immediately after the close of the call and applicants will be notified of the results of the preliminary review in January.

For further information of the position please visit our website at Epigenetics of Complex Diseases & Traits or contact Miina Ollikainen . For questions about the FIMMPOD program, please contact the FIMMPOD coordinator Markus Vähä-Koskela .

Useful links:


FIMMPOD Postdoctoral and Senior Researcher Program

University of Helsinki

City of Helsinki

The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) is an international research unit focusing on human genomics and personalised medicine at the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) of the University of Helsinki - a leading Nordic university with a strong commitment to life science research. As part of Academic Medical Center Helsinki in Meilahti campus FIMM collaborates locally with the Faculty of Medicine, Helsinki University Hospital and National Institute for Health and Welfare. FIMM is part of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, composed of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the centres for molecular medicine in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and the EU-LIFE Community.

FIMM offers postdoctoral researchers an internationally recognized, unique biomedical research environment with an exciting combination of basic and translational research. FIMM has an excellent location in the Academic Medical Center Helsinki. Postdoctoral researchers at FIMM also benefit from the FIMMPOD Postdoctoral and Senior Researcher Program. This program aims to enhance research experiences and career opportunities.

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