Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe
Building and promoting Excellence in Life Sciences in Europe

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Computational Systems Medicine Research Group


The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) is an international research institute focusing on human genomics and personalized medicine at the Helsinki Institute for Life Science of the University of Helsinki. FIMM integrates molecular medicine research and technology and biobanking infrastructures under one roof, promoting translational research in grand challenge projects, specifically, the impact of genome information in personalized health and medicine, individualized cancer medicine, and novel imaging-based biomedicine.

FIMM is a member of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, together with the Danish Research Institute for Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE), Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), and Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM). The Partnership is dedicated to excellence in molecular medicine and life science research that investigates the molecular basis of disease and explores molecular and genetic based treatments, with each institute bringing a unique set of expertise, skills, and facilities encompassing the recognized research strengths of the EMBL.

FIMM postdoctoral researchers benefit from the FIMMPOD professional developmental program, which aims to enhance research experiences and career opportunities (


FIMMPOD is currently seeking outstanding candidates for the position of


Postdoctoral Researcher in the Computational Systems Medicine Research Group


The Computational Systems Medicine research group led by Tero Aittokallio focuses on developing and applying integrated computational-experimental approaches to tackle biomedical questions, such as how genes function as interaction networks to carry out and regulate cellular processes, how perturbations in these networks contribute to complex traits, such as human diseases, and where and how in the disease network one should target to optimally inhibit disease phenotypes, such as tumour growth or metastasis. Such approaches will provide a comprehensive network view of the mechanisms behind disease processes and enable accurate predictions of system-level phenotypic responses to genetic and chemical perturbations.

The group is now seeking a motivated postdoctoral researcher, with strong computational and analytical skills, and an interest in applying computational and systems biology approaches for analysing, modeling and integration of large-scale drug testing and molecular profiling datasets. As an example of a multidisciplinary research project, the group is collaborating in grand challenge research in individualized systems medicine at FIMM, where the objective is to integrate genome-wide genomic profiles of cancer patients with their drug response profiles, with the aim of finding individualized treatment options based on response-predictive biomarkers.  

Qualification and experience:

A successful candidate holds a doctoral degree in a suitable field (computational biology, bioinformatics, biomathematics, biostatistics, computer science, or other relevant field), good computational and programming skills, a solid publication track record and a strong background in (as many as possible of): systems biology, network analysis, predictive modeling and analysis of high-throughput omics datasets.  In addition, the candidate should be fluent in English and have good scientific writing skills. The postdoctoral researcher will be jointly responsible for driving the projects and supervising PhD students in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.

Salary & contract:  

A two year contract is available for the position, starting as soon as possible, with a possibility for extension pending successful review. The salary will be commensurate with qualifications based on the Finnish university salary (YPJ) system depending on the credentials, previous experience and performance of the postdoctoral researcher. Normal starting salary is 3,326 euros. There will be a trial period of 6 months.

How to apply:

Application deadline is 28.10.2018 at 23.59 EEST. Applications are submitted by completing the application form and submitting a motivation letter, CV and a summary of previous research experience as a single PDF file (max 5 pages) in English at the University of Helsinki open positions page. Review of applications will begin after the close of the call and applicants will be notified of the results of the preliminary review in early November.

For further information of the position please visit our website at or contact Tero Aittokallio (tero.aittokallio (at) For questions about the FIMMPOD program, please contact the FIMMPOD coordinator Heidi Virtanen (heidi.virtanen (at)



Useful links:

FIMMPOD Postdoctoral and Senior Researcher Program

FIMM Research

University of Helsinki Research

The International Staff Office of the University of Helsinki




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