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Doc­toral Stu­dent, In­nov­at­ive Pre­ven­tion of Gut Pathogens in Mono­gast­ric Spe­cies, Helsinki

Détails de l'offre

  • Type de poste: PhD/Doctorat
  • Secteur : Public
  • Localité : International 
  • Limite de candidature : 06/06/2021
  • Profil de poste:
    Recherche et innovation
  • Domaine(s) :
    Microbiologie et Immunologie


ORGANISATION/COMPANY : University of Helsinki
RESEARCH FIELD : Biological sciences, Medical sciences
RESEARCHER PROFILE : First Stage Researcher (R1), Recognised Researcher (R2)
Established Researcher (R3), Leading Researcher (R4)
APPLICATION DEADLINE : 06/06/2021 00:00 – Europe/London
JOB STATUS : Full-time

Offer description

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.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is the only institution of higher education in Finland to train veterinarians. It has about 750 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs about 150 academic staff, which is about a half of the total staff number. The degree programmes have been accredited in accordance with the European System of Evaluation of Veterinary Training (ESEVT).

The Faculty has four departments (Food Hygiene and Environmental Health, Equine and Small Animal Medicine, Production Animal Medicine, Veterinary Biosciences) and Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Veterinary Teaching Hospital is an essential part of research and teaching environment for clinical veterinary science.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for the position of a

DOCTORAL STUDENT (Innovative prevention of gut pathogens in monogastric species, to control zoonotic diseases and antibiotic resistance, Health and prevention following the One Health approach)

The appointment is for about 4 years. The starting date is preferably 1 July 2021. The position is normally filled with 6 months probationary period.

The appointment is at the department of Production Animal Medicine.

The Department (…) focuses clinical research on domestic animals. The Department aims to study animal diseases and specifically to promote animal health and welfare. The Department operates in two locations: the Saari estate in Mäntsälä (about 70 kilometres northeast of Helsinki) and the Viikki Campus in Eastern Helsinki. The appointment is also associated with the context of the Helsinki One Health research network.

The candidate will work in a joint research team of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Pharmacy. The main goal of the research is to find innovative alternatives to antibiotics in reducing zoonosis from gut pathogens (Salmonella, Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli) in monogastric species including humans. Reducing antibiotics’ use is fundamental to reduce antibiotic resistance risks.

The research will aim to target pathogens bacteria in the gut with specific pathogens inhibitors like selected bacteriophages, in order to prevent or reduce zoonotic diseases’ occurrence and decrease antibiotics’ use. Bacteriophages will be screened from fecal samples collected in production animal farms and human hospitals, and they will be sequenced to check their specificity to targeted zoonotic pathogens. The research is included in the UHealth cooperative platform for new health solutions according to the viability and sustainability principles.


We are looking for an applicant with:

  • MSc degree in microbiology, or other relevant field
  • good written and verbal communication skills (in English)
  • strong problem-solving skills and unprejudiced approach
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a research team

Previous experience on one or more of the following fields is considered a significant merit: collection of biological samples at farm level from animals and at hospital level,; quantitative statistical data analysis methodologies, and/or qualitative data analysis methodologies. Knowledge on use of bioinformatics tools (for example NCBI, QIIME), and of R programming. Also being co-author/author of previous peer reviewed publications in the field of microbiology or related is considered a merit.

The duties of the doctoral student include conducting research in the project framework with the aim of achieving doctoral degree in accordance with the degree requirements of the University of Helsinki. The appointee will also participate in the supervision of undergraduate students, and in other discipline-specific teaching. The teaching duties will cover a maximum of 5 % of the total working hours.

Right to pursue a doctoral degree

The appointee must obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki and approval by a suitable doctoral programme by the end of the 6 month probationary period of the employment, unless having already existing study right. The research plan and other application material will be prepared together with the PhD supervisor(s) in the beginning of the employment period.

Salary and benefits

The salary is based on the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff according to the salary system of the Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. Doctoral students start from requirement level 2. In total, the starting gross salary of a doctoral student is typically about 2200-2400 EUR per month.

The requirement level of a doctoral student is determined on the basis of progressing in the studies. Doctoral students advance to level 3, when they are in the midpoint of completing the work required for the doctoral degree, and eventually to level 4, when the supervisor estimates that the student can publicly defend the dissertation in approximately one year.

Occupational health care is provided for university employees. Read more about the employee benefits at the University of Helsinki:

Application to the position

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments as a single pdf file, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the button Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki should submit their application via the SAP HR portal. You may fill in only the mandatory fields (*) in the Recruitment System.

The application should include

  • a motivation letter (max 1 page) with research interests / plans, motivation to apply to the position
  • a complete CV with full contact details, education/previous degrees obtained, prior work/research experience, list of possible publications and theses with links to their online versions (if available), contact information of one or more previous supervisors, employers, or other references/recommendations
  • copy/copies of the diploma(s) of previous degree(s)

The above mentioned attachments must be submitted as a single pdf file in English.

The closing date for applications is June the 6th 2021 (23:59 EET). Both Finnish and international applicants are encouraged to apply.

Further information

Due date : 06.06.2021 23:59 EEST

Application Deadline: 06/06/2021 00:00 – Europe/London

Where to send your application

Apply to the position on this website.