Postdoctoral Researcher in Biology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Postdoc in Finland

Postdoctoral Researcher in Biology: The Department of Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Jyväskylä is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher in Cell and Molecular Biology to join the ERC-funded project “The Life of Giant Phages” led by Assistant Professor Elina Laanto. This position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in phage biology and phage-host interactions, with a focus on understanding the biology, ecology, and competition dynamics of giant phages. The successful candidate will engage in experimental work, collaborative research, and have the opportunity to develop their own research interests within the project framework.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Cell and Molecular Biology

Designation: Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Area: Cell and Molecular Biology, Phage Biology, Phage-Host Interactions

Location: University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland


  • A doctoral (PhD) degree in microbiology or a related discipline.
  • Strong interest in phage biology and phage-host interactions.
  • Previous experience in microbiological methods, molecular biology, and basic bioinformatics.
  • Advantageous skills include experience in microscopy, transcriptomics, and/or metabolomics.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Proficiency to teach in English is beneficial.

Job Description:

  • Conduct experimental research on phage-host interactions, phage competition, and megaphage-infected cells.
  • Contribute to the ongoing ERC-funded project “The Life of Giant Phages” led by Assistant Professor Elina Laanto.
  • Characterize giant phage virions, genomes, and life cycles to understand their biology and ecology.
  • Collaborate with the research team to expand the giant phage collection and study their ecological implications using culture-based and ‘omics approaches.
  • Supervise students, contribute to the project’s development, and potentially develop independent research interests within the project scope.

How to Apply:

  • Submit your application online between 18th April 2024 and 16th May 2024 (23:59 Europe/Helsinki time).
  • Prepare the following documents to attach to the online application form:
    1. Curriculum vitae (CV) following good scientific practice, including contact information of two referees.
    2. Cover letter explaining your motivation, research interests, and plans.
    3. A numbered list of publications.
    4. Relevant certificates/diplomas.
    5. If required by the application form, submit your motivation/cover letter again (Research plan is not mandatory).
  • Eligible candidates will be evaluated based on the submitted documents, and shortlisted candidates will be invited for a personal interview.

Last Date for Apply: 16th May 2024, 23:59 (Europe/Helsinki)



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