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PhD student and/or Post doc positions open in Plant Growth Dynamics group

PhD student and/or postdoctoral positions are available in the research group lead by Ari Pekka Mähönen at Institute of Biotechnology/ Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. The positions are funded by the Centre of Excellence program of the Academy of Finland. The goal of the group is to understand the molecular regulation and cellular organization of vascular cambium and especially the cambial stem cells therein, the founder cells of all wood. We are utilizing lineage tracing techniques, molecular genetics, advanced microscopy and genomics as approaches to study the cambial cells in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana. The topics of research projects will be discussed in detail during the interview of the selected candidates.

Applicants with strong background in developmental genetics, plant molecular biology and/or cell biology are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send 1) a cover letter briefly describing previous achievements, future career ambitions and motivation for this position; 2) Curriculum vitae with a list of publications and contact information of two referees to email address:

The deadline for applications is April 13th, 2014, or until suitable candidates are found.

Please feel free to contact for more information,
e-mail: AriPekka.Mahonen–
phone: +358-50-448-5840


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 (, 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:

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 ( 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.

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