Currently opened positions:

Postdoctoral Researcher in Cancer Immunology
The Melanoma Immune Oncology Research Group (MIORG) as part of the Institute of Biomedicine, University of Turku is seeking an enthusiastic and competent Postdoctoral Researcher to collaborate in a project related to melanoma immunobiology and immunotherapy, led by Dr. Rogerio de Figueiredo. The project employs cutting-edge technologies and state-of-the-art approaches to immune profile metastatic melanoma bioresources from animal models and patient samples.

Key Responsibilities
Conduct scientific research related to metastatic melanoma immunotherapy, including cancer immunobiology, drug discovery using in vitro and in vivo assays biochemical and pharmacological assays, and data analysis.

Essential Qualifications
Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. cell biology, molecular biology, biomedicine, biochemistry, and immunology).

Desirable Qualifications
– Animal and human work experience.
– A license for animal work is desirable.
– Competence in tissue culture methods and experience in processing human/animal samples.
– Sufficient skills with RNA isolation, quantitative RT-PCR, protein isolation, and western blot and ELISA assays.
– Good experience with tissue immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry techniques.
– Experience in single-cell staining for Flow Cytometry and CyTOF.
– Organization skills for making an inventory of consumables and protocols experience with statistics and bioinformatics.
– The successful candidate should show initiative and independence on the bench, possess good communication skills, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

Salary
The salary is based on the Finnish collective agreement. The position belongs to the category of teaching and research personnel. Thus the total salary is estimated to be in the range of 3180-3500 €/month. The salary will be defined based on the applicant’s competence and work experience.

Duration of the Contract
The successful applicant is expected to start as soon as possible, but the starting date is negotiable. The position is fixed-term for max. 2 years according to the funding granted to the project. There is a possibility for a 2 years extension. The position is subject to a six-month trial period.

What to do next
Applications must be submitted by 19 November 2021 at the latest (23.59.59 Finnish time) via the University of Turku electronic application form. Apply for the job at www.utu.fi/careers (“Fill the form”).

In your application, please include a motivation letter, CV, copies of degree certificates at least one recommendation letter. The top candidates will be interviewed. For further information about the position, please contact the Group Leader, Adjunct Professor, Academy Research Fellow Rogerio de Figueiredo (rogerio.defigueiredo@utu.fi).In case you need help with the application process, please turn to HR Specialist Kristiina Nuutila (kristiina.nuutila@utu.fi), Tel. +358 503135224.

The University of Turku is a responsible employer and educator and follows The Equality Plan of the University of Turku approved by the University Board. The European Commission has awarded the University of Turku the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo. The logo is a token of the University’s commitment to the continuous development of the position and working conditions of researchers according to the guidelines set forth in the European Charter for Researchers.
Research Technician (Cancer Immunology)
The Melanoma Immune Oncology Research Group (MIORG) as part of the Institute of Biomedicine, University of Turku is seeking an enthusiastic and competent Research Technician to collaborate in a project related to melanoma immunobiology and immunotherapy. The group leader is Dr Rogerio de Figueiredo. The project employs cutting-edge technologies and state-of-the-art approaches to immune profile metastatic melanoma bioresources from animal models and patient samples.

Key Responsibilities
To assist in scientific research related to metastatic melanoma immunotherapy, including cancer immunobiology, drug discovery using in vitro and in vivo assays.

Essential Qualifications
Suitable degree/educational competence to laboratory work or bioscience (biomedical laboratory science, laboratory engineering, medical laboratory technologist and biomedical laboratory scientist, etc.)

Desirable Qualifications
– Ability to prepare buffer solutions and media for cell culturing
– Competence in tissue culture methods
– Good skills with basic laboratory methods in cellular and molecular biology techniques (e.g. Western blot, immune precipitation, protein, and enzymatic assays, immunoassays (flow cytometry cell staining, ELISA)
– Sufficient English language skills.

Salary
The salary is based on the Finnish collective agreement (other personnel) and it is on average 2300-2500€/month. The salary will be defined based on the applicant’s education, competence, and work experience.

Duration of the Contract
The successful applicant is expected to start as soon as possible, but the starting date is negotiable. The position is fixed-term for max. 2 years according to the funding granted to the research project. There is a possibility for an extension. The position is subject to a six-month trial period.

What to do next
Applications must be submitted on 19 November 2021 at the latest (23.59.59 Finnish time) via the University of Turku electronic application system. Apply for the job at www.utu.fi/careers (“Fill in the form”). The application should include a motivation letter, CV, degree certificates, and contact information for two referees. The top candidates will be interviewed. For further information about the position, please contact the Group Leader, Adjunct Professor, Academy Research Fellow Rogerio de Figueiredo (rogerio.defigueiredo@utu.fi).In case you need help with the application process, please turn to HR Specialist Kristiina Nuutila (kristiina.nuutila@utu.fi), tel. +358 503135224.
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Project Specialist in Medical Bioinformatics
The Melanoma Immune Oncology Research Group (MIORG) as part of the Institute of Biomedicine, University of Turku is seeking an enthusiastic and competent expert in data analytics and bioinformatics to join our team. The project employs cutting-edge technologies and state-of-the-art approaches to immune profile metastatic melanoma bioresources from repository data, animal models, and patient samples.

Key Responsibilities
Deployment, testing, and development of new data analysis tools for single-cell omics data, including transcriptomics, epigenomics, and proteomics.
Processing and computational analysis of various types of sequencing and mass cytometry datasetsProvision of expert support in bioinformatics

Essential Qualifications
– Experience in various bioinformatics data analysis tools.
– Prior experience in omics data analysis.
– Good programming skills (e.g. Python, R) and ability to work with version control tools (e.g. Git)
– Good communication skills in English and strong interpersonal skills.
– Suitable academic degree in a relevant discipline (MSc or Ph.D.)

Desirable Qualifications
Prior experience in single-cell sequencing or mass cytometry data analysis. Experience in biomedical research. The successful candidate should show initiative and independence on the bench, possess good communication skills, and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.SalaryThe salary is based on the Finnish collective agreement and the position belongs to level 8-9 (other personnel). Thus the total salary is estimated to be in the range of 28003500 €/month. The salary will be defined based on the applicant’s competence and work experience.

Duration of the Contract
The successful applicant is expected to start as soon as possible, but the starting date is negotiable.The position is fixed-term for max. 2 years according to the funding granted to the research project. There is a possibility for an extension. The position is subject to a six-month trial period.

What to do next:
Applications must be submitted on 19 November 2021 at the latest (23.59.59 Finnish time) via the University of Turku electronic application form. Apply for the job at www.utu.fi/careers (“Fill the form”).In your application, please include motivation letters copies of degree certificates at least one recommendation letter. The top candidates will be interviewed. For further information about the position, please contact the Group Leader, Adjunct Professor, Academy Research Fellow Rogerio de Figueiredo (rogerio.defigueiredo@utu.fi).In case you need help with the application process, please turn to HR Specialist Kristiina Nuutila (kristiina.nuutila@utu.fi), tel. +358 503135224
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For Postdocs
We are always happy to hear from postdoctoral researchers who would like to begin, or continue, their research career in ocular oncology, please send your CV and a brief description of your area of interest to crdefi@utu.fi.