The research group investigates the role of the melanocortin system in cardiovascular health and disease, particularly in atherosclerosis and heart failure. Melanocortins regulate important physiological functions including energy homeostasis and immune responses, but recent evidence also demonstrate that they have a protective role in the vasculature and heart. The research project is funded by the Academy of Finland and aims at characterizing the therapeutic effects and underlying mechanisms of melanocortins in cardiovascular diseases by utilizing various in vitro and in vivo methods.
The work will include cell and molecular biology (e.g. qPCR and Western blotting), histology, imaging, flow cytometry and mouse handling. Previous experience on the aforementioned techniques and especially on cardiomyocyte cell culture is highly valued, but is not mandatory for the applicant. Furthermore, skills in animal handling and FELASA (or equivalent) diploma would be considered as an asset. The candidate should have a higher university degree or nearly completed degree(MSc or MD) in a relevant field (e.g. biomedicine, medicine, molecular biology or biochemistry). In order to succeed as a PhD student, you need to be goal-oriented and persistent, have proficiency in written and spoken English, and have good communication and teamwork skills.
The salary is in accordance with the University of Turku salary system (for teaching and research personnel) levels 1-4, where the work specific salary component is 1826,50-2500,06 €/month. In addition, there is a share increase based on the personal performance, which is, at most, 46.3% of the base salary depending on the previous relevant research experience of the candidate. The preferred starting date is September 1st, 2018 but can be negotiated.
There will be a fourth-month trial period in the contract. Depending on the capabilities of the selected researcher, his/her duties may include limited periods of teaching (up to 5 % of working time) and/or supervision of MSc students.
Applications should contain a motivation letter (max. 1 page), CV with list of publications (max. 3 pages including publications), scanned electronic copies of degree certificates and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees, and contact information of 1-3 references (name, working place, e-mail address)
Applications must be submitted no later than August 3rd 2018 (23:59) via the electronic application form of the University of Turku. Contact information and the link to the application system can be found from the University of Turku recruitment page https://www.utu.fi/fi/Yliopisto/yliopisto-tyonantajana/avoimet-tehtavat/Sivut/home.aspx .
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