The Faculty of Health Sciences, A.I. Virtanen Institute

The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for a Doctoral Researcher/Project Researcher position on the Kuopio Campus. The position will be filled from 1 September 2024 onwards (or as agreed). Please find more information below and submit your application by 12 July 2024. Most potential candidates will be invited to an interview in early August.

Role and salary

As our new Doctoral or Project Researcher, you will be working in the A.I. Virtanen Institute at the Faculty of Health Sciences within the EU-funded NEMESIS consortium that aims to develop “Novel effect biomarkers for metabolic disruptors: evidence on health impacts to answer science and policy needs”. The aim of the subproject is to comprehensively profile the effects of selected compounds and their mixtures on human liver cell function in vitro and to identify molecular pathways and networks underlying EDC-mediated adverse metabolic effects. The work will be done in collaboration with scientists from NEMESIS as well as the ENKORE Cluster. The position is located in Kuopio, Finland. 

You will focus on the profiling of dose- and time-dependent effects of selected EDCs and their metabolites, relevant microbiome-derived compounds, and their real-world mimicking mixtures on mitochondrial function and associated pathways in human hepatic cell models (in vitro). Your main responsibilities will include laboratory work (at Kuopio campus), data analysis, and the drafting of manuscripts and reports.

The position is filled for a fixed term until 31 August 2026, with a preferable start date of 1 September 2024, or as agreed. The position will be filled for a fixed term due to it pertaining to a specific project tasks. A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff. 

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. The salary comprises two components: a job-related salary element and a personal salary element. In this position, the job requirement level is based on level 2 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff. The personal salary element is 6–22% of the job-related salary element. Depending on the salary elements, the salary will be approximately EUR 2,580-2,715/month.

Our requirements and expectations


  • A MSc degree in a relevant discipline, such as biomedicine, toxicology, or another similar suitable field.
  • Experience in laboratory work, especially mammalian cell culture (hepatic cell lines) and molecular biology techniques appropriate for the project.
  • Proficiency in oral and written English. English is the main working and reporting language in the project.
  • An independent, active, and meticulous approach to working in a laboratory and to conducting research.
  • Proficient skills in data analysis and reporting.

The following will be considered advantages 

  • Prior experience in research related to EDCs and metabolic disease.
  • A strong interest in interdisciplinary and international research work.

Your benefits

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

  • the opportunity for flexible multi-location work
  • extensive occupational health care
  • a 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 a tax-free bike benefit

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

You will have the opportunity to work in an interesting and meaningful 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 12 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
  • A copy of your academic degree certificate and a transcript of academic records and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to your language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree 
  • A motivation letter of a maximum of two pages.

In addition, enclosing at least two reference letters or the contact information of two referees is highly encouraged.

You can also provide other documents to demonstrate your merits for the position.

All documents must be in either Finnish or English. For translated documents, only a Diploma Supplement issued by the higher education institution in question and/or other official translations issued by the awarding higher education institution or an authorised translator are accepted.


For further information on the position, please contact Senior Researcher Jenni Küblbeck, email

For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR Secretary Tarja Salmi,, tel. +358 29 445 8220 (1 – 19 June 2024) and HR Controller Nea Itkonen, (24 June – 12 July 2024).

Type of employment Temporary position (shorter than 10 days)
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1.9.2024
Salary University salary system
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Kuopio
County Pohjois-Savo
Country Finland
Reference number 4123/01.01.03/2024
  • Jenni Küblbeck, +358503424963
  • Tarja Salmi, +358294458220
  • Nea Itkonen, +358294458373
Published 13.Jun.2024
Last application date 12.Jul.2024

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