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  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Biophysics of Bone and Cartilage Group, Finland

    The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,000 students and 2,800 members of staff. We operate on three campuses in Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading 300 universities in the world.

    The Faculty of Science and Forestry operates on the Kuopio and Joensuu campuses of the University of Eastern Finland. The mission of the faculty is to carry out internationally recognised scientific research and to offer research-education in the fields of natural sciences and forest sciences. The faculty invests in all of the strategic research areas of the university. The faculty’s environments for research and teaching are international, modern and multidisciplinary. The faculty has approximately 2,700 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students and some 450 postgraduate students. The number of staff amounts to 650.

    We are now inviting applications for

    Postdoctoral Researcher position, Biophysics of Bone and Cartilage Research Group, Department of Applied Physics, Kuopio Campus

    The Biophysics of Bone and Cartilage Research Group (BBC, is a multidisciplinary research team that focuses on basic and applied research related to musculoskeletal diseases. Our aim is to develop better diagnostic methods for osteoarthritis and osteoporosis as well as models to predict future development of these diseases in a subject specific manner. The group consists of three professors (Töyräs, Korhonen, Jurvelin), one assistant professor, 7 post-docs and 20-30 PhD students. Annually, we publish more than 30 scientific papers and several PhD theses. We collaborate closely with medical doctors in Kuopio University Hospital, an essential link for translation of the research outcomes into clinical practice.

    We are seeking for a talented researcher at the post-doc level. The tasks of the recruited person would be:
    - Starting his/her own subgroup within the BBC group
    - Supervision of PhD students funded by the group
    - Application of funding supporting his/her line of research
    - Conducting innovative research related to musculoskeletal diseases and diagnostics

    A person to be appointed as a postdoctoral researcher shall hold a suitable doctoral degree. Positions of postdoctoral researchers shall always be filled for a fixed term (UEF Administrative Regulations 30 §).

    The person to be appointed to the Postdoctoral Researcher position is required to hold a doctoral degree in Medical Physics, Biomechanics, Mechanical Engineering or Material Sciences, which may not have been completed more than five years ago at the time of accepting the position. In this context, the 5 years refer to a net period of time, which does not include maternity leaves, parental leaves, or military service, etc.

    The position will first be filled for a fixed term of 12 months as agreed. The continuation of the position will be agreed separately. The start date of the position is 1 April 2016 or as agreed. The position is filled for a fixed term due to it pertaining to a specific project.

    The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on level 5 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (€2,865.30/ month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 46.3% of the job requirement component.

    For further information on the position, please contact: Professor Juha Töyräs, +358 40 355 2026, e-mail: For further information on the application procedure, please contact Executive Head of Administration Arja Hirvonen, tel. +358 44 716 3422, e-mail:

    A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

    The electronic application should contain the following appendices:

    - a résumé or CV (
    - a list of publications (
    - copies of the applicant's academic degree certificates/ diplomas, and copies of certificates / diplomas relating to the applicant’s language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas
    - short (max 2 pages) description of your research ideas and plans for post doc period
    - three letters of recommendation to
    The application needs to be submitted no later than February 29, 2016 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.