PhD Scholarship in Microbiology at University of Helsinki

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in biochemistry at University of Helsinki, Finland. The funds for this position are available for 4 years. Applications should be sent before February 28, 2019.

The University of Helsinki is a leading Nordic university and 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 universities in the world.

Job Description: We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student with a background in microbiology and chemistry to develop novel UV-absorbing biomaterials. The research project focuses on the biosynthesis of UV-absorbing microbial secondary metabolites with the goal of producing innovative UV-absorbing bio-based materials. This work involves developing cell-based methods for producing a UV-absorbing secondary metabolite in heterologous hosts and methods to produce UV-absorbing biopolymers with innovative applications in the bio-based gel and plastic areas. We are a multi-disciplinary research team based at the Department of Microbiology (David Fewer) and the Department of Chemistry (Alistair King) of the University of Helsinki. We offer an ambitious and stimulating work environment that includes unique opportunities for conducting cutting-edge science, establishing collaborations, and developing new technologies. This research project is currently funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation will be integrated into a Nordforsk Nordic Center of Excellency.

The ideal candidate will have a background in microbiology, molecular cell biology, biochemistry or chemistry, a strong interest in microbial secondary metabolite biosynthesis and the development of novel bio-based materials, an excellent study record, a good command of the English language and excellent team working skills, the capacity to work independently and problem solving abilities.

Salary and contract terms: The expected duration of doctoral studies is three years, and the extension is subject to advance of studies and research with a possibility for extension up to 4 years. The starting time is spring 2019. The salary shall be based on levels 2-4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. The starting salary range will be approx. 2200-2400 euros per month, depending on the appointee's qualifications and work experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of six months.

How to apply: Please, submit your application (max. 1 page) with appendixes (CV, transcript of records, M.Sc. thesis and other supporting material) as a single pdf-file through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system via the link Apply for the position. Internal applicants must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal. The position is open until February 28 2019, or until a suitable candidate is found.

For further information, please contact Dr. David Fewer (david.fewer(at) or Dr. Alistair King (alistair.king(at) by e-mail.

For technical support regarding the recruitment system, please, contact rekrytointi(at)


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