Doctoral student position, Pediatrics/ Biomedicine

Doctoral student position for Pediatrics/ Biomedicine, 4-year Emerging theme position 2018-2022 in PEDEGO Research Unit/ Faculty of Medicine and Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu


University of Oulu in Northern Finland, with approximately 14 000 students and 3 000 employees, is an international, multidisciplinary research university with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent. The strengths of the University include broad research interests, a modern research and study environment, and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes ( The University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) ( provides the framework and conditions for high-quality, research-driven doctoral education at the University of Oulu, and field-specific doctoral training courses are provided by its multidisciplinary doctoral programmes.

University of Oulu has allocated 4-year doctoral training positions to emerging research themes in association with the four focus institutes Biocenter Oulu, Eudaimonia, Infotech and Kvantum. This new programme will facilitate linking of the best practices and best science to a larger part of the university’s research and aims to support starting group leaders to develop internationally top-level research.

Applications are invited for a full-time doctoral student position for a maximum of four years, starting at the earliest on 01.09.2018 in a research project of Dr. Terhi Tapiainen in the PEDEGO Research unit, Faculty of Medicine in collaboration with Adjunct Professor Justus Reunanen, Cancer and Translational Medicine Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine and Biocenter Oulu. The applied position is under the new Emerging projects programme within the context of Biocenter Oulu (, which offers a high-level international multidisciplinary environment supplied with cutting-edge infrastructures in the strategic focus area “Molecular and Environmental basis for lifelong health”.

The project is supervised by Terhi Tapiainen and focuses on the characterization of fetal microbiome, maternal and environmental influence on the developing fetal microbiome and developing immunity using an available cohort of 500 newborn infants with samples from placenta, amniotic fluid and the first stool after birth. Please read more at


To successfully occupy the position of a doctoral student, the candidate must possess a Master’s degree or an equivalent degree (e.g. licentiate) preferably in biochemistry, biology, medicine, or a related field. We hope the applicant to have previous experience within biomedical research in cell and molecular biology, and to be familiar with the basics of microbiology and microbiome research. We will also consider applicants who are currently conducting their Master’s thesis study if they complete their Master´s degree before starting in the position in 2018. We expect the applicant to be active and able to pursue independent research. Degree must have been completed with good grades (at least 60% of maximum grade, or 3/5, in both taught studies and the Master’s thesis) by 31.08.2018 (or latest before the job contract starts). Excellent writing and fluency in English is expected. The doctoral student position is intended for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) who, according to the ”European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”, is defined as a researcher in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research activity, including the period of research training. Applicants will be either starting their doctoral training, or will have completed no more than two full years of training (adjusted for possible previous part-time status) at the time the position is filled. The selected candidate will carry out his/her doctoral studies in the Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme of the University of Oulu Graduate School (or one of the other UniOGS Doctoral Programmes, if appropriate) and must meet the minimal requirements to receive doctoral study rights as defined in


The salary of the selected doctoral student will be set on levels 2 – 4 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a supplementary remuneration will be given for personal achievement and performance (max. 46.3%). The total salary for these levels (before tax) currently ranges from about 2005 to max. 3657 Euros/month for full-time employment, depending on qualifications, performance and progress of the doctoral studies.


Applications must be submitted using the electronic application form by May 31st, 2018, 24:00 (Finnish local time), with the following attachments as three separate pdf files (please note that the online system has a maximum size limit of attachments):

  1. Complete CV containing contact information of preferably two referees and a list of journal and conference publications (if any). A recommended CV template can be found on the webpage of Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (
  2. Motivation letter describing prior knowledge, research interests and career plans (1-2 pages)
  3. Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees (MSc and BSc or equivalent). If the original documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, each document must be accompanied by an official certified translation into English or Finnish.

Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Other relevant information

The eligible applicants fitting best in the research profile expected for the position may be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed. A trial period is applied for the first six months, according to the regular practice at Finnish universities.


-       Terhi Tapiainen, e-mail: terhi.tapiainen (at)

-       Concerning the general requirements and application procedures: Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme coordinator Ritva Saastamoinen, e-mail: ritva.saastamoinen (at)

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