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The Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme (OEB) of the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences comprises roughly 40 research groups which employ 40 principal investigators and 120 researchers. The research programme is situated in the Viikki science park.

The Organismal and Evolutionary Research Programme invites applications for a POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER in transcriptomics of plant programmed cell death  for a fixed term of two years in the research group of Dr. Mikael Brosché. The earliest starting date is 1.9.2022. There will be a trial period of six months in the beginning.

A post-doctoral position is available at the University of Helsinki, Finland as a part of a recently funded Academy of Finland project “The role of cell specific signaling in plant defense and cell death”.

In this project, we will develop methods to define the transcriptome at cell death lesions induced by treatments with air pollutant ozone. Further, new regulators of plant programmed cell death and plant defense to ozone pollution will be identified. We have previously generated extensive genetic resources and RNAseq data to understand plant global response to ozone, and in this project these will aid development of cell specific assays.

A successful applicant will likely have a strong background in plant molecular biology, genetics or stress biology, and familiarity with analysis of RNAseq data. Applicants to the position shall hold a doctoral degree and have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work. Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr. Mikael Brosché (mikael.brosche(at)

Formal applications should include as a single pdf file:

  • a CV including a list of publications
  • a max. 2 page letter of motivation
  • contact information of two persons who can provide a reference letter based on request 

The salary will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance with the overall starting salary amounting to c. 3600 EUR per month, depending on the previous relevant research experience of the candidate.

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply link below. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for submitting the application is 26th August 2022.

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