Doctoral Position in Protein and Structural Biology

University of Oulu Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

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We are now looking for a highly motivated Doctoral Student to join the research group of Rajaram Venkatesan in a project aiming to understand the structure and function of lipid transporting protein complexes in mycobacteria.


Applications are invited for a full-time fixed-term doctoral student position in the research group of Rajaram Venkatesan in the Protein and Structural Biology Research Unit, at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine. The Venkatesan research group works on the structural and functional aspects of enzymes and protein complexes involved in lipid metabolism and transport in human and pathogenic organisms. The Faculty provides an excellent environment for doing cutting edge research in protein science and structural biology with access to state-of-the-art facilities located at Oulu, Finland, as well as across Europe. The research project concerns the study of mammalian-cell-entry (Mce) complexes from mycobacteria to understand the assembly, structure and function. The main tasks of the research project include but is not limited to working on the structural characterization of the components of the Mce complexes using a variety of biophysical and structural methods. The position is a full-time fixed-term position with the current funding available for a period of two years.

Qualification requirements

The successful candidate for the doctoral student position must possess a Master´s degree in the field of protein science, biochemistry, biotechnology or related fields. The candidate should have a strong interest in structural, molecular and microbiology research. Previous demonstrated research experience in protein science and structural biology is considered a significant advantage. The selected candidate should be able to work independently as well as in a group with a drive to excel in research. Fluency in both written and spoken English is required. Most importantly, we expect the candidate to have a high motivation to conduct high-level biochemistry research.

What we offer

We offer a research environment with excellent technological facilities and a motivating and supporting international community at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Oulu. We can also offer access to state-of-the-art facilities located at Oulu, Finland as well as across Europe for doing cutting edge research in protein science and structural biology. We offer you a place in a highly talented research group, working to solve globally significant research problems. University´s wide variety of support services are at your disposal, allowing you to focus on research work. The position is fixed-term for 2 years starting at the earliest from 01.01.2022. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.


The salary will be based on the demand levels 2-4 of the salary system of Finnish Universities for teaching and research personnel. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). Starting gross salary will be approx. 2400 € per month.

How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by November 30, 2021 (23:59 Finnish local time). The application should be written in English and include the following:

1)     A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) summarizing applicant’s educational background, professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here.

2)     A complete Curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) preferably in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity including a list of publications (if available) and contact information of at least two referees who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.

Only applications containing all relevant appendices and submitted through the online recruitment system will be considered. Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.

Further information

For further information, informal enquires can be sent to Rajaram Venkatesan by E-mail ( with a subject line “Regarding doctoral student position”.

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