Institute of Biotechnology
(Visiting address: Viikinkaari 9)
00014 University of Helsinki
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PhD and Postdoctoral Positions in the Centre of Excellence in Experimental and Computational Developmental Biology (ECDev):
The Academy of Finland funded Centre of Excellence programs are six year initiatives to foster new initiatives. The goal of our Centre of Excellence in Experimental and Computational Developmental Biology is to bridge computational models and experimental work on developing organs across multiple systems. We aim to determine how changes in development lead to different organ phenotypes, build realistic models of development and evolution of complex organs, and study the principles of modeling pattern formation. The main organ systems we work on are mammalian tooth, hair, mammary gland and fly wing. We use both established laboratory species (mice, fruit fly) and non-model species (different mammalian, fly, and reptile species).
We are seeking for motivated and talented graduate student and postdoctoral candidates with proven research-abilities to join our dynamic and international research community. Postdoctoral fellows should have previous experience in cell/molecular biology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, imaging, bioinformatics, programming, or computational modeling. We are building teams where experimentalists and computational modelers work together, thus knowledge of disparate fields is not necessary. Applications are to be sent as a single pdf-file by December 31, 2013 by e-mail (Subject: Postdoc application or Graduate student) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The document should include a short cover letter describing your expertise areas and motivation for the position, CV (max 2 pages), and names and contact information of two to three references. Applications are reviewed as they are received.
The Institute of Biotechnology (BI) is an independent non-profit research and educational institute at the University of the Helsinki, located in the Viikki Biocenter of the Helsinki Science Park. BI's strategy is to carry out high quality research. With over 30% of the academic staff being foreigners, BI is one the most international research units in Finland. BI has research programs in Developmental Biology, Molecular Cell Biology, Genome Biology, and Structural Biology & Biophysics.
PhD and/or postdoctoral positions are available at the The Developmental Biology Program of the University of Helsinki
The Developmental Biology Program of the University of Helsinki is seeking to recruit a M.S. student to start a PhD and participate in investigations on the evolution of gene networks, development and morphology. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to develop an independent project within the scope of the core research interests of the lab. Two projects are considered:
1- Computational models of organ development to relate genetic variation with complex organ 3D multivariate morphological variation. The patterns of morphological evolution between and whithin mammalian species (and in mutants) would be analyzed from these models to understand the roles of natural selection and development in explaining the direction of evolutionary change.
2- Morphometics of embryos for comparative analysis of development
The Jukka Jernvall and Salazar-Ciudad groups include a diverse group of researchers (paleontologists, developmental biologists, genomics, functional morphologists and computational biologists) working together to integrate development, natural selection and the patterns of morphological variation in mammalian organ evolution.
Applicants should possess a strong understanding of basic principles of evolutionary biology (developed through coursework and/or research experience), an interest or understanding of the bases of the developmental bases of morphological variation and the ability to work productively both independently and as part of a team. Additional desirable qualities include programming skills or a willingness to acquire them and a good academic record. Only Biologists will be considered (no bioinformaticians or biotechnologists).
Interested persons should contact Dr. Isaac Salazar Ciudad by email (email@example.com), including a brief statement of research interests, and a CV (with subjects and degrees).
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The project involves spending some time with collaborators in Barcelona and close collaboration with Jukka Jernvall's group For an outline of the groups research:
Article exemple: Salazar-Ciudad I, Jernvall J.A computational model of teeth and the developmental origins of morphological variation. Nature. 2010 Mar 25;464(7288):583-6.
PhD and Postdoctoral Positions
in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology
University of Helsinki, Institute of Biotechnology (Finland)
PhD and/or Postdoctoral positions are available at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, in the recently established laboratory of Dr. Nicolas Di-Poi. Our laboratory is studying the development, evolution and regeneration of craniofacial tissues in non-mammalian vertebrate models that reliably inform human diseases. This is a new and exciting research field, with the goal to provide an evolutionary context to the key signaling pathways of biological regeneration.
The research projects include complementary state-of-the-art methods, including cellular biology, molecular embryology, theoretical modeling, genetics and phylogenomics, and they offer an interdisciplinary environment for research training (see e.g., Science 339:78-81 (2013), EvoDevo 4:19 (2013), Nature 464:99-103 (2010)). The exact topics of research projects will be discussed in detail during interview.
The successful Doctoral and/or Postdoctoral candidates will have a genuine interest in
multidisciplinary research and will hold an excellent Master Degree (or equivalent) and/or PhD in Biology with a specialization in Developmental Biology and/or Evolutionary Biology. In addition, Postdoctoral candidates will have both a proven record of excellence in research and a previous experience of work with craniofacial tissues (including mineralized tissues and brain) and/or nonmammalian model organisms (e.g., birds, amphibians, reptiles), while Doctoral candidates will have a strong potential for excellence in research in the above-mentioned research areas.
The Institute of Biotechnology (BI) at the University of Helsinki is an independent research institute with a mission to increase knowledge in biotechnology and integrative biology and use this for the benefit of society. BI has research programs in Molecular Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genome Biology, and Structural Biology & Biophysics. BI offers state-of-the-art facilities in imaging, model organisms, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics and crystallography. For more information, visit the website: http://www.biocenter.helsinki.fi/bi.
To apply, please send (in a single pdf document) a cover letter describing your previous research and motivation, your detailed CV including a list of publications, as well as contact information for 2 references to Dr Nicolas Di-Poi (firstname.lastname@example.org). Positions are expected to start in January 2014 (or as agreed with the selected candidates), and candidates will be considered until the positions are filled.