Researcher in Biochemistry

University of Oulu

Researcher in Biochemistry


Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, ECM and Hypoxia

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 now looking for

Postdoctoral researcher

in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine to join Prof. Peppi Karppinen (Koivunen) research group in ECM & Hypoxia Research unit at the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine.

About the job

Our research focuses on the enzyme family of 2-oxoglutarate-dependent dioxygenases and their potential as therapeutic targets in metabolic, neurological and other diseases. Our main interests are in the hypoxia-inducible factor prolyl 4-hydroxylases, P4H-TM, histone demethylases and PHYHD1. We use mainly biochemical, molecular and cell biological, histological and imaging methods and genetic mouse lines and preclinical disease models to understand how these enzymes regulate normal physiological and developmental processes. In addition, we study their inhibition as a potential therapeutic option in selected pathological conditions. We offer a research environment with excellent technological facilities and a motivating and supporting community. More information can be found on our web page.

Postdoctoral researcher:

  • You will pursue independent research, work productively in a multidisciplinary research group and supervise younger scientists
  • In the project your responsibilities will include generation and maintenance of gene-modified mouse lines, execution of preclinical disease models and mastering of vast biochemical, molecular and cellular biological, histological and imaging techniques
  • You will have excellent scientific writing skills. You will have good good scientific presentation skills which will be developed further
  • Prior knowledge on the research field is considered an advantage

What we offer?

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic team of some 12 people where you can share your expertise and grow as an expert.
  • Wellness benefit ePassi covering sport, culture and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits. 
  • Development and career options of the big organization.
  • Work that matters and a workplace that promotes flexibility and work-life balance. Read more about working with us.
  • Our Buddy Programme and Spouse Network support you and close-ones in settling into Oulu.
  • We have a HR Excellence in Research -quality label which is a recognition awarded by the European Commission for the development of researchers’ working conditions and careers. 
  • Finland is one of the most livable countries in the world, with a high quality of life, safety, excellent education system, and competitive economy. Read more about living in Oulu.

Who are you?

In order to succeed and enjoy the position, we expect from you:

  • Doctoral degree in biochemistry, molecular or cell biology, medical science or related fields
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • IT skills
  • Communication skills

We also appreciate

  • Finnish language skills
  • Experience in teaching and pedagogic training


The position is fixed-term for 4 years as of 01.01.2024 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?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 08.11.2023 (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 will 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  



Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2023/482
  • Peppi Karppinen
Published 04.Oct.2023
Last application date 08.Nov.2023

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