Early Stage Researcher, cardiac gene therapy

University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for a Early Stage Researcher - motivated PhD candidate - to work in a project that develops new gene therapies for age-related macular degeneration in Kuopio. This project has potential for wide scope of experimental work, starting from in vitro studies to small animal studies in vivo. The position will be filled from 1 June 2021 to 31 December 2022. Please find more information below and submit your application no later than 12 May 2021.

Role and salary 

As an Early Stage Researcher (PhD student) you will be working in the Molecular Medicine research group at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Kuopio Campus, Finland. This position is connected to Academy of Finland funded Flagship Gene, Cell and Nano Therapy Competence Cluster for the Treatment of Chronic Diseases (GeneCellNano https://www.genecellnano.fi/) and the ongoing research in the Molecular Medicine research group: https://sites.uef.fi/molecular-medicine/

You will be working in a project which aims to develop safe and efficient gene therapy for heart diseases. The study includes developing gene transfer vehicles (vectors) and transgene systems best suited for a chosen disease target and studying their therapeutic functionality and safety in both in vitro and in in vivo models.  

The position will be filled for a fixed term from 1 June 2021 to 31 Dec 2022 or as agreed upon with the candidate. Early-stage researcher positions are always filled for a fixed term. A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.  

The salary of the position is based on the salary system for the teaching and research staff at universities. The salary consists of the job-related salary element and the personal performance salary element. For this position, the job requirement level used to determine the job-related salary element is 2–4, and the personal performance salary element is 6–50% of the job-related salary element. The estimated monthly salary in the beginning of the employment will be 2202,97 - 3161,36 €. The salary of an early-stage researcher depends on the phase of the doctoral dissertation and postgraduate studies as well as personal performance.

Our requirements and expectations
  • You have a Master’s degree in Biomedicine or a related discipline (have completed a suitable higher university degree or an equivalent education abroad which in the country in question would qualify the person for similar academic studies)
  • You have a strong background in molecular or cellular biology, biomedicine, or a similar area, and have previous experience in successfully conducting research in these fields. 
  • You have good mastering of Office programs and basic molecular biology tools, excellent communication skills, being eager to learn and commit to the project and work efficiently both independently and as a part of a team
  • You are initiative, motivated and research-oriented, eager to learn and commit to the project and work efficiently both independently and as a part of a team
  • Have good skills in written and spoken English
  • The Early Stage Researcher is expected to complete their doctoral studies at the University of Eastern Finland and to enroll in one of the doctoral programmes of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Following skills are considered beneficial for successful candidate:

  • Knowledge or previous experience in bioinformatics, molecule design and animal work 

Your benefits

You will have access to the university’s staff benefits, including

  • extensive occupational health care
  • staff discount on lunch in our campus restaurants, as well as on a range of other services
  • affordable sports services. 

Please read more in the Work at UEF section on our website.

We offer an international and inspiring working environment with good collaboration opportunities and the possibility to be in the frontline of gene therapy research. 

How to apply?

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than May 12, 2021 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time).

Please include the following appendices in your application:


For further information on the position, please contact Senior Researcher Diana Schenkwein, email diana.schenkwein@uef.fi, tel. +358 50 344 6932

For further information on the application procedure, please contact Human Resources Secretary Sari Zitting, email sari.zitting@uef.fi, tel. +358 29 445 4125.

University of Eastern Finland and the Faculty of Health Sciences in brief

The University of Eastern Finland is the most multidisciplinary university in Finland. We are home to 15,500 students and 2,700 staff members. Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. We generate research-based knowledge and make it openly accessible for the benefit of all. UEF stands for action with impact that is relevant today and tomorrow. To learn more about our university please visit our website at www.uef.fi/en

The Faculty of Health Sciences operates at the Kuopio Campus of the University of Eastern Finland. The Faculty offers education in medicine, dentistry, nutrition and pharmacy, as well as in some other central fields of the health care sector. The Faculty is research-intensive, and its internationally recognised research activities are closely linked to the strategic research areas of the University. There are approximately 3 100 degree students and about 580 PhD students in the Faculty. The faculty has 795 staff members. http://www.uef.fi/en/ttdk/etusivu