Doctoral Researcher in Theoretical Biology, University of Helsinki, Finland

Postdoc in Finland
Doctoral Researcher in Theoretical Biology: The Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Helsinki is seeking a highly motivated individual for a fully-funded 4-year Doctoral Researcher position in theoretical evolutionary biology. The position will focus on modeling the evolution of ageing, supervised by Dr. Piret Avila.

Doctoral Researcher in Theoretical Evolutionary Biology


Doctoral Researcher

Research Area:

Theoretical Evolutionary Biology


Viikki Campus, University of Helsinki


  • A Master’s degree in biology, mathematics, physics, economics, or a related field.
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Curiosity and aptitude for learning.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Strong interest in evolutionary biology (for applicants without a biology background).

Job Description:

  • Develop theoretical models on the evolution of ageing and life history theory, focusing on the diversity of ageing patterns across the tree of life.
  • Investigate why some organisms exhibit negligible ageing and explore sex-specific differences in ageing.
  • Utilize methods from evolutionary game theory, adaptive dynamics, population genetics, and optimization theory.
  • Participate in research visits with leading groups in the field.
  • Attend international conferences to build a scientific network.
  • Engage with a supportive and stimulating research environment at the University of Helsinki.

How to Apply:

  • Submit a cover letter (max 1 page), detailing your experience and research interests.
  • Provide a Curriculum Vitae (up to 3 pages), including your education, qualifications, work experience, possible list of publications, and contact information of 2 referees.
  • Include copies of your Master’s and Bachelor’s degree certificates, official transcripts of your records, and their translations if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish, or English.
  • External applicants: Submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply Now button.
  • Internal applicants: Use the Employee Login button with your username.
  • For further information about the position, contact Dr. Piret Avila at
  • Queries on the recruitment system can be directed to HR Specialists Harri Hamara at or Mirkka Juntunen at

Last Date for Apply:

19th August 2024 at 23:59 EEST

Join the University of Helsinki to conduct impactful research, collaborate with leading experts, and contribute to understanding the evolution of ageing. Apply now to be part of a vibrant academic community dedicated to groundbreaking science and innovation!



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