Postdoctoral Researcher, Neurodegenerative Diseases

Open position for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Oulu University

The University of Oulu in Northern Finland, with approximately 16,000 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, multidisciplinary research interests, a modern research and study environment, and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes (

Postdoctoral researcher in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

There is an open position for a postdoctoral scientist in the research project of docent Reetta Hinttala ( Our discovery of a fatal neurodegenerative disease in childhood with fibrosis, and cerebral angiomatosis (FINCA disease) has highlighted the importance of new disease causing gene, NHLRC2, in central nervous system (Uusimaa et al. 2018) ( In this two-year project funded by Academy of Finland, the role of NHLRC2 is characterized during neurodevelopment using mouse as a model organism.

The position is located in the division of pediatric neurology at the PEDEGO research unit. The research is carried out in Clinical Research Center (, which houses facilities for tissue culture and molecular biology experiments and together with it’s next-door neighbor, Biocenter Oulu (, they form a complex of well-equipped laboratory. BCO Oulu provides wide range of core facilities including imaging and proteomics facilities. In addition, the project includes national and international collaborating partners from BioMedTech in the University of Tampere, Finland, and from Department of Bioengineering, EFDL, Switzerland.

Subject field and description of the position

The postdoctoral scientist will focus on characterizing recently established mouse models at organism,  tissue and cellular level utilising various imaging and omics techniques. The duration of the position is 2 years ending in August 31, 2020. The starting date is September the 1st, 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Required Qualifications and assessment

The successful applicant must hold a PhD degree in cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, developmental biology or a related field. Previous experience with disease modelling in mice, brain tissue culture (slice and dissociate), live cell analysis (time-lapse imaging), bioinformatics, structural biology, enzyme kinetics or other supporting techniques will be considered as assets.

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist who has good communication and teamwork skills. Fluency in both written and spoken English are required. Demonstrated experience in writing scientific publications, and in acquiring supplementary funding will be taken as merits.

A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of a 2-year contract.  


The salary will be based on level 5 or 6 of the demand level chart for university-level teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component).


The application must contain the following documents:

1) Motivation letter outlining your research interests and relevant work experience

2) Curriculum vitae

3) Bibliography

4) Contact information for 2-3 references

Applications, together with all relevant attachments, must be submitted using the electronic application form by 31.7.2018. Applications sent by email will not be considered.


For further information regarding this position:

Dr Reetta Hinttala, group leader, University of Oulu, Faculty of Medicine, email: reetta.hinttala(at)

Tiina Hurskainen, HR Manager, email: tiina.hurskainen(at)






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