Researcher in Biochemistry

University of Oulu

Researcher in Biochemistry

Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Biocenter Oulu

The University of Oulu is one of the biggest and most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We create new knowledge and innovations that help to solve global challenges. We offer you an international and inspiring working environment where you are given responsibility and can use your skills, develop yourself and do work that matters. Our flexible and family-friendly workplace makes it easy for you to balance work and leisure. The University of Oulu is ranked in the top 3% of the world´s universities. 


We are looking for applications for full-time 


position, starting at 1.1.2024 in University of Oulu, Finland. Successful applicants will belong to the strategic Biocenter Oulu spearhead project headed by the professors Lauri Eklund and Vesa Kiviniemi providing highly complementary expertise in endothelial cell and molecular biology, advanced microscopic imaging, disease modeling, clinical neuroimaging, and brain clearance therapy research.

SUBJECT FIELD: Brain is metabolically highly active organ and requires an efficient system to remove the resulting waste, while failures in the clearance can cause Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The mechanisms which regulate waste clearance are incompletely understood.  

DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: Work will be carried out in the research group headed by Professor Lauri Eklund (at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu) focusing on vascular biology and metabolic waste clearance mechanisms in the central nervous system. In this project we investigate roles of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in the brain clearance and pre-clinically test potential treatments to enhance brain clearance functionality. Research technologies mainly used are biochemical and cell biological methods, advanced microscopy, and genetic mouse models.

REQUIREMENTS: To successfully occupy the position, the candidate must possess a doctoral degree in the field of medical biochemistry, molecular/cell biology, or medicine and have expertise in the ECM and vascular biology. Prior experience in generation and analysis of gene-modified mice (knockout/knockin and cell-type specific inducible models); in biochemical, histological and advanced microscopic imaging methods; and knowledge in transcriptomic analysis are required. The ability to pursue independent research, supervise younger scientists, teaching experience and fluency in written and spoken English are expected. Priority is given to the applicant who can start on January 1st, 2024. 


  • You will become a part of a highly talented, multidisciplinary research team working on strategically and globally significant research area.
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WHO ARE YOU?: In your cover letter, please describe the qualifications relevant for the job as bullet points. Add also other merits applicable to the job. Clearly separate requirements that are expected and those that are seen as an advance.

SALARY: The position is fixed-term for 4 years as of 1.1.2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary will be based on the levels 5-6 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. 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. 3600-4200 € per month (before taxes). A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

HOW TO APPLY?: Please apply by 8.11.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system. The application should be written in English and include the following: 

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  3. List of publications following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland
  4. Certificates/Diplomas
  5. Contact information of two persons available for recommendation

The eligible applicants fitting best in the profile expected for the position can be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified during the selection process.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, such as people of different ages, genders and lingual, cultural or minority groups.

CONTACT INFORMATION:  If you have any further questions, please contact Professor Lauri Eklund,

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1.1.2024
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2023/473
  • Lauri Eklund
Published 04.Oct.2023
Last application date 08.Nov.2023

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