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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Computer science with application in medicine) / Tutkijatohtori (Tietotekniikka, sovellusalueena lääketiede)

Published date more than one year ago
Posted: more than one year ago
Company Tampere University
Company: Tampere University
End date April 5, 2023
Due date: April 5, 2023
Location Tampere
Location: Tampere

Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education. Our university community has its competitive edges in technology, health and society. 

The BioMediTech Unit of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow specializing in Computer science with the application in medicine. The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of three years.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology (MET) is dedicated to pursuing world-class research and delivering high-quality education in the fields of biomedical engineering, biotechnology, medicine, and health technology. We conduct basic, applied, as well as clinical research in collaboration with Tampere University Hospital (TAYS). Thus, the environment is strongly built also to conduct translational research. Strong existing research areas in health research include biomedical engineering fields from biomaterials and microtechnologies to health data science, cell, and molecular biology with applications for example in cancer, cardiovascular and celiac diseases, and immunology.

Since 2002, Professor Olli Yli-Harja has led the Computational Systems Biology (CSB) group in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology at Tampere University. The CSB group takes an interdisciplinary approach and has developed numerous computational methods based on a deep understanding of the role of mathematical models in theoretical biology, rooted in complex systems theory. In addition, Professor Yli-Harja holds an Affiliate Faculty position at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle, WA, which will be a close collaborator for the selected researcher. To learn more about this opportunity, please click here.

Job description

We are seeking a talented and motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research related to a project funded by the Acacemy of Finland and the National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA). The project aims to develop of a digital twin for analyzing multifaceted data of acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

The project is led by a team of Principal Investigators, including Professor Olli Yli-Harja from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology at Tampere University, Professor Frank Emmert-Streib from the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Science at Tampere University, Dr. Caroline Heckman from the Institute for Molecular Medicine at the University of Helsinki, Dr. Mika Kontro from the Institute for Molecular Medicine at the University of Helsinki, and Professor Ilya Shmulevich from the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, WA.

The main task of the position is the implementation of a web-based interactive visualization platform (dashboard) that supports and enables decision-making by clinicians, while also enhancing communication with patients. This will  serve as a front-end of the digital twin for the project. 


The Postdoctoral Researcher position is aimed at providing recently graduated researchers with an opportunity to gain further experience and advance their careers. We are seeking candidates with a PhD degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Data Science, or a related subject area, who possess the competence to pursue independent scientific work and have adequate teaching skills. Candidates should be fluent in spoken and written English and have solid experience in the following:

  • Programming Languages: JavaScript, HTML, CSS, R, python
  • Server side: Node.js 
  • Client side: React.js
  • API development skills to integrate and authorize users to obtain specific packages of resources from the specific API
  • Familiarity with the visualization of JavaScript libraries and their implementation for interactive visualization (d3, jquery, ...)
  • Experience in DevOps practices (software development process: building, testing, deployment, version control, pipeline, monitoring and logging)
  • Database skills: knowledge of database query languages (MongoDB ql, sql) for extracting data from various sources, transforming into a format to be used for applications (integration)
  • Knowledge of access control models.

Candidates with additional experience in analyzing biomedical data, machine learning, web development with Shiny, and other relevant areas will be given preference. We also appreciate experience on studying and working abroad and contacts with the international research community.

We are looking for versatile and independent researchers with a solid background in Computer Science and relevant experience in closely related areas. Candidates who possess theoretical traits for the analysis of experimental work and the ability to supervise M.Sc. and Ph.D. students will be considered an advantage. The position may also involve some teaching duties in the future. Please be prepared to provide proof of your merits when requested.

Tampere University is a unique, multidisciplinary and boldly forward-looking, evolving community. Our values are openness, diversity, responsibility, courage, critical thinking, erudition/ Bildung, and learner-centredness. We hope that you can embrace these values and promote them in your work.

We offer

The position is a fixed-term contract for three years, starting on June 1st, 2023 or as agreed upon. A six-month trial period applies to all new employees.

Salaries are based on job demands and employees' personal performance in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities.  The position of a Postdoctoral Researcher is placed on the job demands levels 5-6 (teaching and research staff). A typical starting salary of Postdoctoral Researcher is around 3500 EUR/month.

As a member of the dynamic and innovative international community of Tampere University, you will have access to a range of competitive benefits, including occupational health care services, flexible work schedules, versatile research infrastructure, modern teaching facilities, and a safe and inviting campus area. You will also have a personal fund to spend on sports and cultural activities during your free time. Please read more about working at Tampere University. You can also find more information about us and working and living Tampere by watching our video: Tampere Higher Education Community - our academic playground.  

Tampere is the largest inland city in Finland and is considered a major academic hub in the Nordic countries. The region is home to a vibrant, knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial community, and the city is an industrial powerhouse with a rich cultural scene and a reputation as a centre of Finland's information society. Additionally, Finland is known for being one of the most stable, free, and safe countries in the world, based on various ratings by prominent agencies. Tampere is surrounded by stunning nature, with forests and lakes offering countless opportunities for easy-to-access outdoor adventures and refreshment throughout the year.

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How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system (link provided below). The closing date for applications is 5 April, 2023 (at 23.59 EEST, UTC+3). All application materials, including the accompanying documentation, should be written in English and attached in PDF format.

Please ensure that your application includes the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae according to TENK guidelines
  • List of publications according to Academy of Finland guidelines
  • References from two individuals
  • Motivation letter, which should include a brief introduction of the applicant, previous research experience, and future plans.  

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have any questions regarding the application process or the position, please do not hesitate to contact us using the contact details provided in the job advertisement.

We look forward to receiving your application and thank you for your interest in joining our dynamic and innovative community at Tampere University.

For further information, please contact:

Professor Olli Yli-Harja, tel. +358 40 849 0778,


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