Postdoctoral Researcher: Cardiovascular Genomics, University of Eastern Finland

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Postdoctoral Researcher: Cardiovascular Genomics: The Faculty of Health Sciences at the A.I. Virtanen Institute, University of Eastern Finland, is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Cardiovascular Genomics Lab on the Kuopio Campus. This position focuses on unraveling the genetic and gene regulatory mechanisms underlying atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Applications are due by 5 August 2024.


Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Area:

Cardiovascular Genomics


Kuopio Campus, University of Eastern Finland


  • Educational Qualification: Ph.D. or equivalent in a field relevant to cardiovascular research, genetics, genomics, biotechnology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, or a closely related area.
  • Research Experience: Demonstrable experience in relevant research fields.
  • Skills: Proficiency in high-throughput genomic methods, genetic manipulation tools (e.g., CRISPR), and/or mammalian cell culture.
  • Publications: A strong track record of publications.
  • Communication: Excellent English communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Teamwork: Ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary and international team.
  • Motivation: Passion for scientific research, problem-solving abilities, and a desire to contribute to cardiovascular genomics.
  • Autonomy: Independent thought and decision-making, project leadership from conception to completion.
  • Supervision Experience: Opportunity to supervise MSc and PhD students.

Job Description:

The Cardiovascular Genomics Lab (Kaikkonen Lab) at the A.I. Virtanen Institute, University of Eastern Finland, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher. This position is part of the ERC-funded SECRET project, which aims to investigate the genetic and gene regulatory mechanisms underlying ASCVD. The project involves:

  • Exploring the functional impacts of ASCVD-associated cis-regulatory variants identified in GWAS studies.
  • Screening how these variants influence gene regulation in vascular cells such as endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells.
  • Using CRISPR interference (CRISPRi) and CRISPR activation (CRISPRa) to manipulate genes and observe the effects on gene expression patterns and cellular responses.
  • Identifying convergences around gene regulatory networks to uncover mechanisms, functions, and pathways that underlie ASCVD risk.

This position offers a 2-year appointment with the possibility of a 1-2 year extension. The salary, approximately €3,500 – €4,500 per month, is determined by the Finnish university salary system.


  • Flexible multi-location work
  • Extensive occupational health care
  • Staff training opportunities
  • Discounts on campus restaurant meals and other services
  • Affordable sports services and tax-free bike benefit

How to Apply:

Submit your application using our electronic application form by 5 August 2023, 24:00 (midnight) Finnish time (UTC+3). Ensure to include the following appendices:

  • CV (Template available on the website)
  • A list of publications (Instructions available on the website)
  • Copies of academic degree certificates/diplomas and language proficiency certificates
  • Motivation letter detailing your interest in the project, how you can contribute, and why you are a strong fit for the role

Contact Information:

  • For further information on the position, contact Professor Minna Kaikkonen-Määttä: tel. +358 29 445 4156,
  • For application procedure inquiries, contact HR Controller Tarja Salmi:, +358 29 4458220

Last Date to Apply:

5 August 2024



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