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06-12/12/2010 INFO 1
BIOCENTER OULU CALLS FOR RESEARCH PROJECTS Biocenter Oulu ( www.biocenter.oulu.fi ) is a research institute founded at the University of Oulu in 1986 to promote basic research in molecular biology and biomedicine. Biocenter Oulu also offers postgraduate education through its doctoral programme, arranging advanced courses, research seminars and symposia. The total number of staff is about 270 persons, including some 150 students of the Biocenter Oulu Graduate School. Biocenter Oulu offers financial support to its project groups, including salaries, reagents and equipment needed for their research. Each Biocenter Oulu project group has a contract with Biocenter for four years. An independent international scientific evaluation committee evaluates the research groups every four years. The term for the present groups will end in December 2011. Principles Biocenter Oulu is now looking for new projects for the term 1st January 2012 – 31st December 2015. The research project to be chosen should represent well-focused research of high international quality, and the project leader(s) should be highly recognized in her/his field and have high-quality scientific publications especially during the last five years as well as a demonstrated ability to gain substantial external funding for research. The team must work in the University of Oulu, and the Principal Investigator must have or negotiate an affiliation with the University. The major research areas of Biocenter Oulu at present can be seen at www.biocenter.oulu.fi . The research strategy of the University of Oulu defines the following focus areas within its biosciences and health area: connective tissue, cardiovascular diseases, structural enzymology, and genes and environment. Application Application documents should be sent electronically (in pdf form) by 31st of March, 2011, to Dr. Leila Risteli, Director of the Research and Innovation Services of the University ( leila.risteli(at)oulu.fi ). The applications should include - research plan (max. 10 pages) explaining the aims, approaches and latest achievements of the research, with references - description of the research group and its present funding - short curriculum vitae of the project leader (max. 2 pages) - list of publications of the project for the last five years from 2006 onwards (papers submitted by date of the application included) - list of PhD theses produced by the group from 2006 onwards Selection procedure An independent international scientific evaluation committee nominated by the Rector of the University of Oulu will evaluate the applications on the basis of criteria similar to those used by the Academy of Finland. These include scientific merit and position in research field, novelty and feasibility of the research plan, training of researchers, and the significance and impact of planned research. The final decisions will be made by the Governing Board of Biocenter Oulu according to the suggestions of the evaluation committee. Oulu, December 9th 2010
Dr. Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, Chairman of the Governing Board of Biocenter Oulu
06-12/12/2010 INFO 2
A four-year postdoctoral position is available in the research group of Jukka Finne at the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland
The project, funded by the Finnish Academy 2011-14, deals with the identification of regulatory factors of polysialic acid, an important developmental cell surface antigen also associated with the malignant behaviour of cells. We are employing novel insertion mutagenesis technology for the identification and characterization of molecular targets for the modulation of polysialic acid expression.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong experience in basic molecular and cell biology research. The candidate should be capable of independent planning and conduction of experiments as well as supervising PhD students.
Applicants should contact Jukka Finne (040 568 7240, jukka.finne-at-helsinki.fi ) or Maria Pajunen (050 5677486, maria.pajunen-at-helsinki.fi ). The position is to be filled as soon as possible. Applications will be considered until a suitable candidate has been found.
06-12/12/2010 INFO 3
A post-doctoral position of human ES/iPS cell research is available in the laboratory of Lei Yang, Ph.D, Department of Developmental Biology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, PA, USA. We explore the mechanisms of early human heart formation and model human inherited cardiovascular diseases using embryonic stem (ES) cell, patient-derived induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell and mouse as models (Nature. 2008,453, 524-528; Nature. 2010, 465: 808-812). The successful candidates should have a good publication record, and experience in cell biology and molecular biology. Experience of virus, Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) or mouse genetics is highly desirable. Preference will be given to individuals with knowledge of stem (ES or iPS) cells or microRNA. The successful candidate must be highly motivated with a recent Ph.D. degree. Interested candidates should submit their CV including names and contact information of three references via e-mail to Dr. Lei Yang (lyang@ pitt.edu).