Researcher in Medicine

University of Oulu

Researcher in Medicine

Faculty of Medicine, Biomedicine and Internal Medicine

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

to join us in Research Unit of Biomedicine and Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu. The position is open in the research group led by Academy Research Fellow Pirjo Åström.

The Research Unit of Biomedicine and Internal Medicine carries out high-quality research in selected focus areas in biomedical and translational research and in internal medicine. The biomedical and translational research include studies on the molecular mechanisms and potential therapies of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases as well as immunological disorders. The research unit is responsible for the teaching of pharmacology and toxicology, physiology, medical microbiology and immunology, and internal medicine at the Faculty of Medicine.

About the job

We are examining various aspects of the human immune system, including dysregulated inflammation, infection susceptibility and autoimmunity. We utilize patient samples, in vitro models, and databases in our studies. Our special interests are in inflammation and immune mechanisms of central nervous system and musculoskeletal system in aiming to find novel disease mechanisms and susceptibility genes. The projects are implemented as international collaborations with experts from various fields.

As a postdoctoral researcher,

  • you will be designing and performing laboratory experiments, analysing data, and writing research reports,
  • you will participate in relevant seminars and conferences,
  • you will be involved in group management and supervising students,
  • you will perform teaching duties at the Faculty of Medicine.

What we offer?

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic team 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 here.
  • 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.
  • 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,

  • You must have a doctoral degree in biochemistry, medicine, biology, pharmacology, or other related field that was awarded a maximum of ten years ago.
  • Good problem-solving skills and ability to pursue research work independently are needed.
  • Excellent written and verbal English skills are expected.
  • Ability to work in a team and supervise early-career scientists and students are essential.
  • Strong experience in hands-on molecular biology techniques and cell culture work are required.

We also appreciate

  • Finnish language skills
  • Knowledge on bioinformatics, supervisor experience and successful research work demonstrated by quality publications.


The position is fixed-term for maximum of 4 years as of 01.10.2023 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 31.08.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

The application should be written in English and include the following:

  1. CV, following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  2. Cover letter, maximum of 2 pages 
  3. List of publications, following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland
  4. Certificates/Diplomas
  5. Contact details of 2 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, different genders and members of different language, cultural or minority groups. 

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact Pirjo Åström, pirjo.astrom[at] 



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 2023/309
Published 07.Aug.2023
Last application date 31.Aug.2023

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