Postdoctoral Researcher in Neurophysiology

University of Helsinki Helsinki Institute of Life Science

The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. Neuroscience Center in the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HILIFE) is an independent research organization. Research in Neuroscience Center spans scales from molecular and cellular neuroscience to developmental, cognitive, and systems neuroscience.

The recently established Hartung lab has a strong interest in the developmental origin of neuropsychiatric disorders. The research is carried out in rodent models to investigate how early-life risk factors impact the ongoing maturation of networks underlying emotional behaviors.

The research team led by Henrike Hartung located at the Neuroscience Center, Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE), University of Helsinki, Finland is looking for

Postdoctoral Researcher in Neurophysiology

starting in March 2021 or as soon as the best applicant is available.

The researcher will work on the ongoing project “Early-life stress and psychiatric disorders: Development of the serotonergic system in depression and anxiety disorders” funded by the Academy of Finland. The main objectives of the successful candidate will be to investigate the functional development of serotonergic neurons after birth stress and to test the effect of altered serotonin levels during development on networks underlying emotional behavior. The research will be carried out in rodent models using mainly in vivo electrophysiological recording techniques. We are looking for a highly motivated, determined and innovative researcher to join our team.

The position offers a great opportunity to perform collaborative research in an international environment. The candidate is offered access to state-of-the-art methodologies and techniques, appropriate supervision and help in career advancement.

Suitable candidates should hold a PhD in neuroscience or related fields and ideally have thorough training and experience in electrophysiology in rodents as well as time series analysis (local-field potentials) and good programming skills (Matlab). Prior experience with optogenetics, pharmacogenetics or rodent surgeries are considered an advantage. An academic track-record in related fields with publications in international scientific journals is also a requirement. Excellent communication skills in English as well as the ability to work independently are mandatory.

Salary will be based on the University salary system for teaching and research personnel, and composed of both task related and personal performance components. The starting salary will be approximately €3200 /month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The position with a six-month trial period will be for 2 years. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.

To apply, please submit the application through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply for job. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) please submit your applications through the SAP HR portal. The closing date is 31.01.2021 but review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Please upload a single pdf-file containing a one-page letter with a personal statement outlining your research experience and relevant skills for the position, your CV (including publication list), as well as contact information of 2 persons capable of providing a recommendation for the applicant.

Informal enquiries should be sent to henrike.hartung(at)

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Anu Roine (anu.roine(at) Technical support regarding the recruitment system:

For an outline of the group’s research:

Due date

31.01.2021 23:59 EET