PhD Scholarship Position Imaging Cellular Mechanisms of Embryonic Tooth Development

University of Helsinki is delighted to offer a PhD position in developmental biology. The funds for this position are available for 6 months. Potential candidates should apply before June 10, 2019.

Doctoral student position at the research group of Laura Ahtiainen at the Institute of Biotechnology, Developmental Biology Program/Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences, University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki is a top 50 international research university with a strong life science research where an international academic community with a critical outlook and a creative attitude is aiming to build a better future together. HiLIFE, Helsinki Institute of Life Science, builds on existing strengths to spearhead life science research and infrastructure across campuses in order to create an attractive international environment for solving grand challenges in health and environment.

Institute of Biotechnology is a part of HiLIFE, with a mission to increase knowledge in biotechnology and integrative biology and use this for the benefit of society. Institute of Biotechnology ais to strengthen its position as an international outstanding research institute in biosciences profiled through high impact research and renowned scientists and to develop as an international, competitive and rewarding workplace sought after as a collaboration partner within the university and internationally.

Laura Ahtiainen's research group at the Institute of Biotechnology's Developmental Biology Program is currently looking for a

We offer a position in an internationally renowned multidisciplinary research environment supported by excellent core facilities. The group is led by Academy of Finland research fellow and HiLife fellow Laura Ahtiainen. You will have the opportunity to learn and be a part of research using leading edge imaging methodologies in an enthusiastic and supportive atmosphere. Our group uses a combination of transgenic mouse models and organ culture methods with confocal fluorescence live tissue imaging, cell and molecular biology and transcriptomic approaches to address mechanistic questions in the cell biology of ectodermal organ development and dysplasia. The PhD project will focus on the cell biological aspects of regulation of early tooth development and dysplasia models.

Desired skills and experience: You must hold a M.Sc. degree (or about to graduate) in cell biology, genetics, developmental biology, biochemistry, or related field. Conceptual knowledge of basic cell and molecular biology methods is required and prior practical experience in cell biology, developmental biology or imaging is appreciated. Previous experience in next generation sequencing and transcriptomics would be an advantage. Since you will be part of an international research environment, good communication skills in English are important.

The full-time position can start immediately or upon mutual agreement. The salary is based on the demand level 2 of the salary system of the Finnish Universities for Teaching and researcher staff. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. A trial period of 6 months will be applied.

The application should include: – A motivation letter (max. 1 page) – CV including: Education/previous degrees obtained, prior laboratory work/research experience – Two recommendation letters or names and contact information of reference To apply for the position, please submit the application through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply for job. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) please submit your applications through the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is June 10th, 2019, but please note that the position may be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been identified.

If you have any questions, please contact: Laura Ahtiainen, laura.ahtiainen(at) For technical support with the recruitment system, please contact

Deadline: June 10, 2019
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