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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Environmental Health) / Tutkijatohtori (Ympäristöterveys)

Published date a week ago
Posted: a week ago
Company Tampere University
Company: Tampere University
End date Feb. 22, 2024
Due date: Feb. 22, 2024
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 Environmental Health research group at Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow specializing in Environmental Health. The position is full-time and will be filled for a fixed-term period of one year.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology (MET) is committed to high quality research and education in the fields of biomedical engineering, biotechnology, medicine, and health technology. We conduct basic, applied, clinical, and translational research in collaboration with Tampere University Hospital (TAYS). Our existing research areas in health research include biomedical engineering fields from biomaterials and microtechnologies to health data science, cell and molecular biology, with applications in areas such as cancer, cardiovascular and celiac diseases, immunology, and ophthalmology.

Our Environmental Health research group is engaged in Wastewater-Based Surveillance (WBS) and has experience in the surveillance of pathogens in municipal wastewater. Now we aim to expand the research infrastructure to cover the analyses on other biomarkers and chemical markers in municipal wastewater and sewage sludge. 

Job description

We are seeking a talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher with a solid background in environmental (health) sciences to set up and update the MET laboratory equipment base, make the necessary acquisitions, develop methods and supervise the analysis. The tasks also include analysing organic pollutants, drug residues and proteins (biomarkers) in wastewater and sludge. 


We are looking for versatile and independent researchers with an applicable doctoral degree in the field of natural sciences, environmental biotechnology / engineering, or a related subject area.  We expect you to have experience in the closely related areas of the position as well as the ability to independently guide other team members and make independent decisions. We value a competence to pursue independent scientific work and to write scientific publications. We expect you to be fluent in spoken and written English and have a solid experience in mass spectrophotometry, GC-MS, HPLC-MS, LC-MS/MS and/or MS, and other related instruments.

We appreciate experience of studying and working abroad and contacts to international research community. Additional experience in, for example molecular methods (qPCR and NGS), bioinformatics, epidemiology etc. is considered as a bonus.

Candidates with proven ability to supervise M.Sc. and Ph.D. students will be considered an advantage. Please be prepared to provide proof of your merits when requested.

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

We offer

The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of one year, starting as soon as possible or as mutually agreed. A trial period of six months applies to all our new employees.

The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee's personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. 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.

We offer a world-class research environment in internationally recognized research groups. We have strong collaborative networks and offer great opportunities for researchers to develop their careers in an international setting. We offer you the opportunity to join our dynamic and innovative international community.  As a member of staff at Tampere University, you will enjoy a range of competitive benefits, such as occupational health care services, flexible work schedule, versatile research infrastructure, modern teaching facilities and a safe and inviting campus area as well as a personal fund to spend on sports and cultural activities in 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.  

Finland is among the most stable, free and safe countries in the world, based on prominent ratings by various agencies. Tampere is the largest inland city of Finland, and the city is counted among the major academic hubs in the Nordic countries. Tampere region is the most rapidly growing urban area in Finland and home to a vibrant knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial community. The city is an industrial powerhouse that enjoys a rich cultural scene and a reputation as a centre of Finland’s information society. Tampere is also surrounded by vivid nature with forests and lakes, providing 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. The closing date for applications is 22 February 2024 (23:59 EET / UTC +2). Please write your application and all accompanying documents in English and attach them in PDF format.

Applications should include the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae according to TENK guidelines 
  • List of publications according to Academy of Finland guidelines
  • References from two people
  • Motivation letter (incl. research directions): 
    • 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications. 
    • Previous research fields and main research results. 
    • Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

For more information, please contact:

Project Manager, Kirsi-Maarit Lehto, tel. +358 50 420 1494, kirsi-maarit.lehto (at)


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