Research Coordinator
University of Helsinki

The research group of Dr. Anne Salonen at Human Microbiome Research Program (HUMI) is looking for a


The work consists of the following main tasks:

1) Laboratory coordination and management: Planning sample processing schedules and work division, managing supplies (orders and invoices), maintaining devices, creating and updating protocols and SOPs, instructing new students and trainees etc.
2) Processing of various types of biological samples for molecular analyses, mainly bacterial and fungal amplicon sequencing (NGS) and other DNA-based work: High-throughput (96-format) microbial DNA extraction, PCR and qPCR, NGS library preparation, QC and troubleshooting. Our group also uses ELISA, anaerobic bacterial culture and cell culturing, and skills or capacity to learn these readily is considered as a bonus.
3) Part-time coordinator (50 % of working time) for Human Microbiome Research Program (HUMI): The coordinator provides administrative support for HUMI personnel by organising seminars and other events, distributing relevant information via mailing list and other communication, helping in reporting etc. Duties include also e.g. procurements and acting as contact person and instructor for HUMI personnel for the use of the DNA extraction robot and/or other devices and workflows for microbiome research established in our laboratory.

The position calls for well-organized and accurate person with good communication skills and ability to manage multiple and competing tasks and responsibilities. Fluency and willingness to communicate in English both in spoken and written form is needed. We are looking for a proactive person who likes to take independent responsibility of tasks. The ideal applicant is trained as a laboratory analyst, laboratory technician or has a MSc in microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology or related field and has previous experience on NGS workflows.

Your work will assist in the advancement and developments of biomedical research in nationally and internationally recognized human microbiome research group. We provide an international, dynamic work community and opportunity to learn new things continuously.

The appointment is initially for one year, with possibility for continuation. The applications are invited by December 15 and the appointment starts in January 2022 or as agreed.

Salary is based on the demands level chart for supporting personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid. The overall starting salary will be ca. 2500 €/month, depending on the education and previous relevant research experience of the candidate. The position will be filled with a 6 months trial period.

The application should include a motivation letter (max 1 page), and a complete CV with:
- education
- prior work experience
- names and contact information of two references

The above attachments must be submitted as a single pdf file through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply for the position link below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for applications is 16.12.2021.

For further information, please contact: anne.salonen(at)

In case you need technical support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment(at)

The Faculty of Medicine promotes scientific research of a high standard and is responsible for providing research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, dentistry, psychology and logopedics, as well as for the English-language Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine. In addition to its teaching and research activities, the Faculty serves as a significant expert organisation in the healthcare sector and contributes to the discourse on ethics in the field. In terms of research, the Faculty aims for a place among the best medical faculties in the world, while consolidating and strengthening its status as a top-level institution of medical education.

Together with the Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) and the Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences (HiLIFE), the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, constitutes the Academic Medical Center Helsinki (AMCH). This medical center has been very successful in international comparisons, ranking among the top 10 medical campuses in Europe and among the top 50 globally.

Research Programs Unit (RPU) of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki consolidates demonstrated research excellence, with focused research programs addressing the greatest challenges in human health. Human Microbiome Research Program (HUMI) is focusing on causal links between microbiota alterations and the increased risk or development of disease, mechanisms of host-microbe interactions, and microbiota-targeted therapeutics and diagnostics.


Due date

16.12.2021 23:59 EET


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