Postdoc position: response-predictive biomarkers

Workplace Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Turku, Finland (
Date 02 November 2017
Location Turku, Finland
Hours Full time

The University of Turku is a world-class multidisciplinary research university which offers interesting challenges and a unique vantage point to national and international research and education.

Open postdoc position 1.1.2018 – 31.12.2019

Postdoc position in the research team of Prof. Tero Aittokallio, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Turku, Finland (, in an Academy of Finland-supported research project. The position is intended for full-time research including small contributions to university teaching and other supporting tasks. The employment may possibly continue for longer.

The project aims at improving personalized medicine research through developing machine learning and other predictive models of drug response that enable suggesting individualized treatment options based on response-predictive biomarkers.  Specific sub-projects range from enhancing the reproducibility and translability of pre-clinical treatment response results to guiding clinical decision making (e.g., prognostic models for patient outcomes) and speeding-up and de-risking of clinical studies by means of better experimental designs and models for treatment responses. Each of the sub-projects can be successfully completed only by a multi-disciplinary approach, which combines advanced computational modelling and modern molecular biotechnologies in life sciences.

Qualifications: We are looking for a motivated postdoctoral researcher, with strong computational and analytical skills.  A successful candidate holds a doctoral degree in a suitable field (computational biology, bioinformatics, biomathematics, biostatistics, computer science, or other relevant field), good programming skills, a solid publication track record and a strong background in (as many as possible of): predictive modelling, computational systems biology, and/or analysis of large-scale datasets.  In addition, the candidate should be fluent in English and have good scientific writing skills, and ability to work in multidisciplinary environment.

According to the rules of the University of Turku a person selected for the post of postdoctoral research fellow is required to have a doctoral degree and the ability to do independent scientific work as well as having the necessary teaching skills.

Salary: The salary is determined in accordance with the university salary system for teaching and research personnel. For a postdoctoral researcher, the salary is at levels 4-6 on the job demands chart, where the task specific salary component is 2475,31 – 3340,77 € / month. In addition, a personal work performance component will be paid.  The personal work performance component is a maximum of 46.3 % of the task specific salary component.

The position has a trial period of 4 months.

Application: Applications must be submitted no later than Sunday, November 19th, 2017 (23:59) via the electronic application form of the University of Turku. For further information about the position, please contact Prof. Tero Aittokallio ( Contact information and the link to the application system can be found from the University of Turku recruitment page, ID 4348

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