Postdoctoral Researcher in Infection Ecology

Our naturally beautiful campus in the Jyväskylä city centre is home to a dynamic multidisciplinary research university – a modern, open and collaborative community of 2,500 experts and 15,000 students seeking answers to the pivotal questions of today and tomorrow. It was here, in 1863, that Finnish-language teacher education began. Since then, the University of Jyväskylä has been serving the future. The dialogue between research, education and society is our driving force. We cherish this balance of research and education, and work to promote open thinking. We kindle the skills, knowledge and passion to live wisely for the best of humanity.

The Department of Biological and Environmental Science is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of

Postdoctoral Researcher in Infection Ecology, starting 1.5.2019 or as soon as possible thereafter, employment contract length maximum of 2,5 years.

Research of the Department of Biological and Environmental Science is renowned in the University’s denoted core research activity fields of basic natural phenomena and mathematical thinking. Areas of research strength in the Department include research evolutionary research and biological nanoscience and research on natural resources and environment. Research in evolutionary ecology and evolutionary genetic is broad-based, with approaches at different levels: from the DNA, through organisms and populations to ecosystems. Researchers working within the field continue a strong tradition of empirical research, using state of the art techniques, to investigate and integrate disparate biological fields.

The postdoctoral researcher will work in the research group of Academy Research Fellow, Dr Eva Kallio in the Academy of Finland funded project “Drivers of zoonotic tick-borne pathogens in natural populations”. The focus of the project is on interactions between the tick-borne Borrelia pathogen and its tick vector and the main rodent reservoir and other mammalian hosts. The project is a collaboration with Dr Tapio Mappes (University of Jyväskylä), Dr Otso Huitu (Natural Resources Institute Finland) and Prof. Andy Fenton (University of Liverpool).

The duties and qualification requirements and language skills for the position of the Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to have good skills in English language.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic member to our research group. The candidate should have a PhD in ecology, infection ecology, epidemiology or related fields. The candidate is expected to be well organized and responsible for good communication and team working. The following experience are considered as an advantage: experience in field work, planning and executing innovative research, managing and analyzing large datasets, statistical or mathematical modelling (e.g. in R, MATLAB), experience in applying GIS-data on biological systems, animal handling and/or molecular methods (e.g. DNA extraction, qPCR).

The job-specific salary component of a postdoctoral researcher is based on the job demands level 5-6 (2903,61 €/Month - 3386,00 €/Month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to 6 - 50 % of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

A trial period of six months will be used when the position is first filled.

For further information, please contact: Academy research fellow, Dr Eva Kallio, 

Please attach the following documents to the online application form:

  1. Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering, when possible, the template for a researcher’s curriculum vitae by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. A list of two referees and their contact information must also be included in the CV
  2. Short application / motivation letter, including research interests and plan
  3. List of publications covering all the scientific and other publications of the applicant
  4. Relevant certificates/diplomas

Please submit your application at the latest by 31 March 2019 using the online application form.