Postroctoral Researcher in Functional Genomics and Cancer Genetics

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 (

An open postdoctoral position is available in the field of functional genomics and cancer genetics in the research group of Prof. Gonghong Wei, focusing on functional annotation of the cancer-associated risk variants with an eventual goal to translate genetic discoveries to the clinic. The position is located at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine (FBMM) (, whose mission is to perform internationally significant research and to deliver high-level undergraduate and postgraduate education in the fields of biochemistry and molecular medicine. Research at the Faculty is carried out in 14 research groups. The Faculty has ~200 employees, and approximately half of them are from abroad. Together with Biocenter Oulu (, the Faculty has put a great effort towards building a cutting-edge research infrastructure that includes state-of-the-art instrumentation for imaging, gene-modified mice, X-ray crystallography, and quantitative biochemistry. The Faculty has extensive collaborative national and international networks including Biocenter Finland and the ESFRI projects Instruct, EuroBioimaging, and Infrafrontier. We also partner in EU-Biostruct-X and Marie Curie Renaltract ITN and organize EMBO workshops and international symposia. The research group has well-established international collaborative networks and frequent access to international consortium data of cancer genomics and genetics.

Subject field and description of the position

This open call is seeking for a motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to join the project studying how the noncoding cancer-associated risk variants with regulatory potential impact the chromatin binding of transcription factors such as the prostate cancer master regulators HOXB13 and AR, which in turn alter gene expression program and contribute to cancer susceptibility, initiation and progression. Research approaches will include the state of the art molecular and cellular biology techniques ranging from tumor biology assays to high throughput sequencing and computing. 

The position is funded by the Biocenter Oulu Principal Project 2016-2019. The initial duration of the position will start from 1.11.2018-31.12.2019, with an option for extension of up to an additional two years depending further funding resource until 31.12.2021. The positon can be filled in Nov 1st, 2018.

Required Qualifications and assessment

An ideal postdoctoral candidate shall hold a doctoral degree within the field of molecular, cellular biology, cancer research, genetic and/or genomic studies, plus a high quality publication record, fluent spoken and written English, and working independence as well as cooperation within a multidisciplinary research team. Previous experience related to our current topics in the lab will be prioritized ( Capability of carrying out independent scientific research, as well as flexibility and scientific ambition, will be required. Demonstrated potential in acquiring supplementary funding and teaching experience will be taken as merits. When assessing the applicant’s qualifications, issues to be considered will include scientific publications, supervision experience, activity in the scientific community, practical familiarity with the research field, scientific work abroad, and other international activities.

As part of the FBMM, the duties also may include supervising scientific research of BSc, MSc, and PhD students. Participation in teaching within the faculty curriculum and in acquiring research funding are expected.

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


The salary will be based on level 5 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 salary is in practice roughly 3,400 – 3,800 € / month, depending on qualifications, performance, and experience.

Application Procedure

The following documents must be attached to the application (in English):

1) Curriculum vitae

2) List of publications

3) Brief description of research merits and experience

4) Contact information of 2-3 references who may be asked to give a statement of the candidate

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, must be submitted using the electronic application form by 16.10.2018. Applications sent by email will not be considered.


The top candidates for the post may be interviewed and asked to present their scientific work and experience.

For further information regarding the filling of this post:

Professor Gonghong Wei, Group Leader, Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, and Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu, Finland. tel. +358-504288121, email: gonghong.wei(at)

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




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