The Faculty of Health Sciences, Biomedicine

The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for a Doctoral Researcher position on the Kuopio Campus. The position will be filled for a two or three-year term starting from 1 September 2024 (or as agreed). Please find more information below and submit your application by 5 July 2024.

Role and salary 

As our new Doctoral Researcher in Bioinformatics (focus on toxicogenomics and drug safety assessment), you will be working in the School of Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The position is located in Kuopio, Finland.  

As our new Doctoral Researcher in Bioinformatics, your main responsibilities will include:  

  • conducting research in accordance with your research proposal, 
  • participating in the preparation of research projects in your field, 
  • reporting and producing high-quality scientific publications, 
  • planning and conducting studies.  

Other responsibilities include conducting research within the NEMESIS project, which financially supports this position. This research requires knowledge of the pre-processing and downstream analysis of gene expression data derived from either RNA-seq or microarray-based platforms. Experience of the pre-processing and analysis of DNA methylation and ATAC-seq data is considered to be an advantage. During the project, the doctoral student will learn how to conduct network-based analysis of the mentioned omics data, which will be integrated into pathway-based analyses to characterize the mechanisms of action of chemical exposures in in vivo and in vitro models.

The objective is to further expand the developed methods within the NEMESIS project for application in drug safety assessment and for the development of in silico (machine/graph learning-based) approaches to predict/assess drug-related toxicity. This computational framework aims to assess adverse drug reactions associated with individuals or patient subgroups in cancer-based cohorts.

The salary of the position is based on the salary system for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. The salary consists of a job-related salary element and a personal salary element. In this position, the job-related salary element is based on level 2–4 of the job requirement level chart (EUR 2,225.83 – 2,775.28), and the personal salary element is 6–50% of the job-related salary element. In the position of a Doctoral Researcher, the salary is determined based on the stage of doctoral research and doctoral studies, as well as on personal performance.               
Our requirements and expectationsRequirements


  • Good coding skills in R and/or Python.
  • Qualifications to pursue postgraduate studies.  
  • A strong research record.
  • Good skills in oral and written English. English is used as the language of instruction and supervision in this position.
  • An independent approach to conducting research.

The following will be considered an advantage:

  • A good knowledge of pre-processing and downstream analysis of RNA-seq data and DNA sequencing data (ATAC-seq)
  • Data mining skills (e.g., network/graph theory, machine learning)

Your benefits

You will have access to the university’s staff benefits, including  

  • opportunity for flexible multi-location work
  • extensive occupational health care  
  • broad selection of staff training
  • staff discount on lunch in our campus restaurants, as well as on a range of other services  
  • affordable sports services and tax-free bike benefit 

Please read more in the Work at UEF section on our website.  

You will have an opportunity to work in an interesting/meaningful/diverse role as part of our international, creative, participatory and inclusive academic community.    

Enjoy your life in Finland! Known for its cleanliness, welfare know-how, modern technology and superb education system, Finland is an exotic and safe country to work in. Please visit the Life in Finland section on our website to learn more.    

How to apply?

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 5 July 2024 by 24:00 (midnight) Finnish time (UTC+3) 

Please note that you must include the following appendices in your application

  • CV (Template for CV, www-page)  
  • a list of publications (Instructions, www-page)
  • copies of your academic degree certificates / diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to your language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas 
  • motivation letter 
  • other documents to demonstrate the applicant’s merits for the position  


For further information on the position, please contact Dr. Vittorio Fortino,

For further information on the application procedure, please contact

Type of employment Temporary position (shorter than 10 days)
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2024-09-01
Salary Finnish university salary system
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Kuopio
County Pohjois-Savo
Country Finland
Reference number 3483/01.01.03/2024
  • Vittorio Fortino, +358503266148
Published 06.Jun.2024
Last application date 24.Jun.2024

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