University of Helsinki
June 26, 2021
Helsinki, Finland, Finland
Job Type
Contact Person/Department
Dr. Vinko Palada


The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world.

Postdoctoral and doctoral student positions are available in the newly established Translational Pain Research group at the Faculty of Medicine, led by Academy of Finland Fellow Dr. Vinko Palada. Dr. Palada´s group investigates circadian regulation of chronic pain and associated comorbidities by using the state-of-the-art methods such as high-throughput omics, cell biology, drug library screens and the functional studies in experimental models. This is a new and exciting research field, with the aim of revolutionizing our understanding of pain mechanisms and developing novel therapies for pain relief. The group closely collaborates with Helsinki University Hospital and the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Job description and key requirements:

For the doctoral student position, we welcome applications of highly qualified applicants with a Msc degree in neuroscience, biology and/or pharmacy. The successful postdoctoral applicants will have at least one first authorship publication and a PhD degree in neuroscience, biology, chronobiology, or other related discipline. Previous experience with pain and circadian research, expertise in animal work and behavioral tests and know-how of omics analysis are beneficial. Excellent communication skills in English and ability to work in the international team setting are expected.

Application requirements:

Please send your application including a detailed CV (with a date of thesis defense, title of the thesis, previous academic/work positions, current position, academic distinctions and list of peer-reviewed publications), a motivation letter (1 page) and three reference contacts as a single PDF file to Dr. Vinko Palada ([email protected]) before September 15th, 2021. For further information, please contact Dr. Vinko Palada ([email protected]).

Contract and work benefits:

Employments would start on January 1st 2022 as a fixed 3-year position for doctoral student and a 2-year position for postdoctoral researcher with the possibility of extension. The initial starting salaries are in accordance to the salary system of the Finnish universities. The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. Finland is a member of the EU, has high quality free schooling (also in English), generous family benefits and healthcare, and was recently ranked as the best country in the world for expat families. Finland and the Helsinki region possess top expertise in sciences in terms of a vibrant talent pool, leading research, strong support services and functioning collaboration networks. For more information about working at the University of Helsinki and living in Finland, please see

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