Doctoral Position in Plant Molecular Biology

University of Oulu Faculty of Science

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community with approximately 15,000 students and 3,000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study and research interests, modern research and study environment, and extensive cooperation with international educational and research institutes.

The Doctoral Student position is open at the Ecology and Genetics Research Unit in the Faculty of Science.

Description of the position

The Academy Research Fellow project “Towards understanding the control of wood formation in conifers” focuses on the expression changes in the cambial zone of Norway spruce at high-resolution, single-cell level in order to elucidate unique features of coniferous wood formation. In addition, the project aims to validate our co-expression inference results regarding the putative novel regulators of secondary cell wall formation (Jokipii-Lukkari et al. 2018. Plant Physiology 176: 2851-2870).

Doctoral student position in the project is scheduled to be filled from September 2021 for two years. A six-month trial period will be effective at the beginning of the initial 2-year contract.

The appointment aims at a PhD degree and the main task of the doctoral student is to pursue their doctoral studies, which includes participation in research projects as well as postgraduate courses.  The doctoral student will participate in research conferences, publish the research results, and conduct research with various methods, including but not limited to: LCM (laser capture microdissection), RNA extraction and amplification, molecular cloning, genetic transformation of plants and bioinformatic analyses. 


MSc degree in plant physiology, molecular biology, biochemistry or related field. Candidates, whose MSc thesis has been submitted for review by 31.5.2021, are eligible to apply. The candidate is expected to have good knowledge on molecular methods. Previous experience in working with Arabidopsis or trees and knowledge on NGS methods are regarded as assets.

The candidate is expected to have high motivation, independent thinking and creativity.  Fluency in both written and spoken English is required, as well as excellent communication and teamwork skills.

Salary and benefits

The salary is in accordance with the university salary system (for teaching and research personnel, level 2). In addition to the basic salary, supplementary salary will be paid for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 50 % of the basic salary level for the post. The typical salary for a starting doctoral student is 2,400 € per month. The employees will be insured by the university and provided occupational healthcare. Finland is known as a country with a high quality of life and good healthcare system.

How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by May 31st, 2021. Applications must be accompanied by the following documents written in English:

1Cover letter describing prior background, research interests and career plans (maximum 2 pages)

2) Curriculum vitae

3) Scanned copies of degree certificates and transcripts

4) Contact information of at least two persons who are willing to give reference letters (if separately asked).

For further information, please contact:

Academy Research Fellow, PhD Soile Jokipii-Lukkari,, +358405894287.