Postdoctoral Researcher in the Field of Cancer Biology and Epigenetics

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 12 Oct 2023

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

Postdoctoral Researcher  

from 1 November 2023 until 31 October 2024 with a possibility of extension.

The position is available in an Academy of Finland -funded project that investigates the interplay of metabolic reprogramming, epigenetic regulatory landscape, and cancer cell proliferation.

The group is working in the field of cancer biology and epigenetics using state-of-the-art methods such as CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing and transcriptional and epigenomic profiling at single-cell resolution (see e.g., Pihlajamaa et al, Nat Biotech 2023). We utilize diverse cellular models and next-generation sequencing techniques to understand the molecular mechanisms controlling oncogenic gene expression programs and cancer growth. The group belongs to the Applied Tumor Genomics Program  in the Research Programs Unit of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki providing a vibrant research environment and high-quality infrastructure for modern biomedical research.


  • A PhD degree in life sciences with excellent academic record. The default assumption is that the degree requirement must be met by the beginning of the employment.
  • Working knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, and mammalian cell culture
  • Ability to work productively both independently and as part of the team
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki.

In addition, previous experience in CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing and next-generation sequencing-based functional genomics methods and/or computational analysis of genomic datasets is considered a plus, and candidates with proven track record with at least one first-author publication will be given preference.

What we offer

  • Salary of 3300-3600 euros per month depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.
  • An exciting project utilizing cutting-edge functional genomics and CRISPR-methods to understand molecular basis of human cancer.
  • A position in an ambitious research group with supportive and positive working culture in an international and multi-disciplinary research environment.
  • Attractive welfare benefits such as occupational health care provided by University of Helsinki (further information at ).

How to apply

Applications should be submitted 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 12 October 2023. Applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background or from members of minority groups are welcomed. You can read more about working at the university on our website .

For further information on the position, please contact Dr. Päivi Pihlajamaa ).

For information on the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Marja Meresto ( ).

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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