Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Sustainable Biomedical and Toxicological Research), 2 positions

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

The PROFI7 – Sustainable Biomedical and Toxicological Research (SUSBIO) project is looking for two Postdoctoral Research Fellows specializing in soft materials research, who have a background in e.g. polymer chemistry, materials or biomedical engineering, or bio- or health technologies, or similar. The positions will be filled for a fixed-term period of three years.

SUSBIO is one of the profiling areas at Tampere University that were granted by the Research Council of Finland in the PROFI 7 Call. Several research groups from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology (MET) and the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (ENS) at Tampere University are participating in this multidisciplinary project that aims to emphasize and enhance the collaboration between research groups from different faculties.

The key idea of SUSBIO project is to build a research community across discipline boundaries focusing on the development of sustainable soft material platforms and advanced in vitro methods to understand human physiology and to emulate mechanisms of action and progression of complex diseases especially to study or to use novel soft materials. The goal is to find new ways to model human body, allowing deeper understanding of complex physiological processes, which will pave the way for the development of new therapies and diagnostics, and reduce the need for animal testing. In addition, with the help of new biodegradable functional materials, it would also be possible to reduce the accumulation of microplastics in different living environments in the long term.

SUSBIO is divided into three key areas: 1) Sustainable Soft Materials Design and Fabrication provides resource-friendly fabrication methods for dynamically responsive soft materials with tailored chemical and mechanical properties (combined with ECM-mimicking biomaterials that degrade in a controlled manner), and development of animal-free cell culture media and conditions; 2) Integrated in vitro platforms for tissue-materials interfaces provides combination of technologies to construct complex in vitro platforms with quantitative manipulation and measurement capabilities (electrical, mechanical, and biochemical cellular responses), using a combination of soft responsive materials and lab-on-chip; and 3) Quantitative models for physiology and toxicology provides development of integrated quantitative models of human physiology, pathologies, and toxicology (e.g. cell monocultures, 3D-bioprinted co-cultures & tissue/organ-on-chip combined with data-rich measurements) to understand the evolution of the properties of micro- and nanoplastics in human cells and tissues. The gathered information will be used to influence to regulatory acceptance pathways for the in vitro models, and design of new materials.

Job description 

We are seeking two talented and motivated postdoctoral researchers to develop soft materials and their experimental and sustainable research methods for biomedical and toxicological studies. Although one of the candidates will mainly work under the Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology (MET), and the other under the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (ENS), we emphasize and expect research collaboration between the faculties due to the multidisciplinary nature of the project.  The candidate’s research topic will be determined by the chosen project topic.

A list of available research topics can be found here. Please familiarize yourself with the available research topics and choose from one to three most suitable ones for your research on the drop-down list when submitting your application. The precise research topic to work on can be decided based on the candidate’s research background and interests, however, in such way that the three key areas of the SUSBIO project presented above are addressed.

In addition, data analysis, writing publications and research reports as well as funding applications and disseminations to the wider community will be needed. Furthermore, the job includes collaboration with research colleagues and support staff, both internally and within external networks. The candidate should also provide guidance and support to students, contribute to relevant teaching activities, and participate in scientific meetings.


We are looking for versatile and independent researchers with an applicable doctoral degree and a solid background in materials science, chemistry, cell biology or molecular biology related to soft materials. Candidates with proven ability to supervise M.Sc. and Ph.D. students will be considered an advantage. The position may also involve a small amount of teaching duties in the future. The position also requires that the candidate is able to meet the responsibilities identified in laboratory and ethical guidelines. Finally, good communication skills and fluency in English (both written and oral) will be considered important for the position. Please describe your relevant experience and skills in detail in the cover letter, and 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-centeredness. We hope that you can embrace these values and promote them in your work.

We offer 

The two positions are filled for a fixed-term period of three years, starting on 1st of February, 2024 or as mutually agreed. 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 3600 EUR/month.

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 in 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 December 12th, 2023 (at 23.59 EEST, UTC+2). 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
  • List of publications according to Research Council of Finland guidelines
  • References from two individuals or contact details of two recommenders
  • Cover letter, which should include a brief introduction of the applicant, previous research experience, future plans, and research ambitions (what the candidate wants to study and how it relates to SUSBIO)
  • When submitting your application at our online recruitment system, please choose from one to three most suitable research topics from the list in order of preference and justify how your own background fits into these projects.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. We do accept any application letters nor attachments by e-mail. Attach the requested documents to your application via the Laura recruitment system. 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:

Prof. Arri Priimägi, arri.priimagi(at)

Prof. Minna Kellomäki, minna.kellomaki(at)

Coordinator Jennika Karvinen, jennika.karvinen(at)

For questions regarding the application process, please contact HR Specialists lilli.sarasvirta(at), ilona.pekuri(at), tuula.jaakola(at)

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