Postdoctoral Researcher in virus-cell interactions

Viruses have an important impact on human health, and the benefits of development of antiviral therapies and virus mediated cancer therapy are considerable, in terms of economic, physical, social and mental well-being. The Horizon 2020 funded research project entitled Compact Cell-Imaging Device (CoCID) (2021-2024) aims to advance understanding the cellular origin of diseases and thereby allow development of specific treatment of disorders and virus-mediated treatment of cancer. 

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


The position starts on 2 January 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is initially for a period of 1 year. 

Qualifications we are looking for

We are looking for a skillful and motivated scientist to join in the in virus-nucleus interactions research group. The CoCID research project combines state-of-the-art fluorescent microscopy techniques, advanced image analysis, and 3D SXM imaging. The studies in Jyväskylä concentrate mostly on intranuclear interactions and dynamics of herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1). The project is integrated in the core research activities of the research group. During the project both the imaging facilities in University of Jyväskylä and facilities of our CoCID consortium and collaborators in Europe and USA will be used. 

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree in biophysics, biochemistry or life sciences with previous experience in cell imaging. The candidate should ideally have documented expertise in optical microscopy including image processing, detection, fluorescence and other mechanisms of contrast fluorescence labeling. Previous experience in confocal laser scanning microscopy, high resolution microscopy, in vivo tracking, photobleaching will be considered a plus. Ability to work as part of a team and strong motivation for science are fundamental as well as excellent writing and oral communication skills in English.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of postdoctoral researcher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. A good command of English is required and a proficiency to teach in English will be considered beneficial. A PhD degree is required.

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

At the University of Jyväskylä you are a recognized member of our community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. You get to participate in our international and multi-science community where the welfare of each individual is important. Finland has a high standard of living, with free schooling (also in English), affordable childcare, good family benefits, and healthcare. Jyväskylä is located in central Finland in the Finnish lakeland, and has excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The city of Jyväskylä is a major educational center and the city has a large student population. As such there is a vibrant cultural scene in the city. To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University's International Staff Guide.

The annual salary range will be approximately 38,000 EUR (gross income, including holiday bonus), depending on the qualifications and experience of the candidate. A trial period of six months will be used when the position is first filled.

How to apply?

The application documents that should be included in pdf format:

  1. Curriculum vitae, composed according to good scientific practice and considering the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity and including contact information of two academics who can provide reference letters
  2. Cover letter including a statement of research interests/research proposal 
  3. A numbered list of publications
  4. Relevant certificates / diplomas (or date of completion the PhD)

The application period has been extended and those who have previously applied will be taken into account. Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form by December 20th, 2020. For further details, please contact: Dr. Maija Vihinen-Ranta,

The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. JYU's naturally beautiful campus is located in the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.

The research in the Department focuses on three core areas: evolutionary biology, natural resources and environment, and biological nanoscience. The Department building, Ambiotica, is an integral part of the University of Jyväskylä's Ylistönrinne Mathematics and Science Research Complex, which also includes buildings for chemistry, physics and nanoscience. Ambiotica houses high quality laboratories for ecology and environmental science, molecular bioscience and experimental facilities for a wide range of biological and chemical analyses as well as highly motivated laboratory personnel.