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03-08-2011, 03:03 AM
Research Associate / Post-doctoral Fellow

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common musculoskeletal disease occurring in all populations. OA is associated with progressive degeneration of articular cartilage along with abnormal growth of underlying subchondral bone and cartilage-bone junction. OA may be regarded as a whole-organ joint disease. However, the complex interplay between inflammatory cells, synovial lining, articular cartilage and subchondral bone, causing the OA related tissue-level and cellular-level changes and subsequent clinical symptoms, is still poorly understood. Therefore, novel information is needed to better understand the etiology of OA, especially the earliest phases of the disease.

To experimentally clarify the early phases of OA in tissue and cellular level by applying novel multimodal biomedical imaging and tissue analysis techniques.

Research environment:
The research will be conducted at the Institute of Biomedicine, University of Oulu, Finland. See the following link for more information of the Institute: http://www.medicine.oulu.fi/biolaak/blt_english.html.

Length of the position:
One year + possibility to an extension for second year.

The suitable background for a successful candidate would be biophysics, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, medical physics, biomedical engineering, or other relevant field. The experience in biomedical imaging, microscopical techniques and/or biomechanical tissue characterization is an advantage. Candidates with a recently completed Ph.D. degree (preferably < 3 years), or who are finishing their Ph.D. degree, are invited to apply.

The salary is defined according to the YPJ salary system of Finnish universities.

Starting date:
July 1st, 2011, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Please, send your application by email to principal investigator Simo Saarakkala (simo.saarakkala@oulu.fi) by April 15th, 2011. The application documents should include: 1) A brief introductory letter describing an earlier research experience, 2) Curriculum vitae and degree certificates, 3) List of scientific publications, and 4) Full names and e-mail addresses of two referees.

Contact details:
Please, direct any questions or correspondence to:

Simo Saarakkala, Ph.D.
Principal investigator, Adjunct professor
Department of Biomedical Technology
Institute of Biomedicine
University of Oulu, Finland
Email: simo.saarakkala@oulu.fi
Phone: +358-505746681