Four-year full-time PhD position at the Systems and Network Medicine Lab, Tampere University, Finland

Tampere University
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology (MET)
Finland Tampere


Job description
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 internationally acclaimed basic and applied research.
The Systems and Network Medicine Laboratory led by Dr. Xin Lai at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology is looking for a talented Doctoral Researcher to join the lab. The position will be full-time and filled for a fixed-term period of four years maximum.
The Systems and Network Medicine Laboratory focuses on the integration of genomic data, computational modeling, and experimentation to address biomedical problems. In particular, we develop and apply systems medicine approaches to better understand the molecular mechanisms underlying human diseases such as cancer and to identify novel diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets. Widely used computational methods include kinetic modeling, network biology, and machine learning. Using these methods, we have elucidated how network motifs such as feedback and feedforward loops can regulate gene expression levels, identified cooperative microRNAs as potential therapeutic targets for reducing chemoresistance of tumor cells and improving the efficacy of immunotherapy, and identified subgroups of melanoma patients with different survival times and characterized their genomic features.
The selected candidate will work with the PI on various interdisciplinary research projects and will receive comprehensive training in advanced data analysis and computational modeling of biological systems, which will prepare them well for future academic and industrial career.

We offer:
The planned starting date is as soon as possible, or as mutually agreed. The position is full-time and it will be filled for a fixed-term period of four years maximum. A trial period of 6 months applies to all new employees.
The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee's personal performance in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a Doctoral Researcher is placed on level 2-4 of the job requirements scale. A typical starting salary for Doctoral Researchers is approximately 2600 EUR/month.
We offer a vibrant and international research environment with the potential to collaborate with researchers from Germany, Australia, China, India and the Philippines. There are opportunities to attend high-profile conferences and communicate your research with academic peers around the world. In addition, we offer a wide range of learning opportunities, including language and IT courses, as well as professional development seminars.
Our laboratory and offices are located at the new building at the Kauppi Campus of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology of Tampere University.
The campus has all state-of-the-art technology needed for the project and many world-level research teams, creating the perfect research environment. Meanwhile, the Faculty also provides many top-level courses in various related disciplines to support these doctoral studies.
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 and working in Tampere, Finland.



1. Master's degree in Computer Science, Medical Engineering or Computational Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or a comparable field; we expect you to have a degree in experimental research, but also strong and proven programming skills.
2. Proven skills in widely used scientific programming languages such as R, Python, and/or MATLAB. Knowledge of Linux and batch commands is a plus.
3. Strong interest in interdisciplinary research, in particular the ability to quickly learn new computational tools and apply them to the project
4. Excellent communication (e.g. presenting at seminars and conferences and interacting with collaborators and colleagues) and writing skills (e.g. writing papers for publication) in English
5. Willingness to teach and supervise undergraduate and graduate students

The successful candidate must, later on, be accepted into a doctoral program of our Faculty. Please visit the admissions page for more information on eligibility requirements.

Start date

As soon as possible

How to Apply

Link to the application:

How to apply:
Please submit your application through our online recruitment system (link below). The closing date for applications is 20th of September, 2023 (at 23.59 EEST, UTC+3) . Please write your application and the associate documentation in English and attach them in PD format in a single PDF file.
Please attach only the following documents to your application:

Cover letter (describing your skills, research interests, and motivation)
Curriculum vitae (including contact details of two referees and list of your scientific publications)
Diplomas and complete transcripts of records in English (BSc and MSc degrees). Students that will finish the M.Sc. until August 2023 are still invited to apply.
Either in the application documents or in the second stage of the selection process, an accepted English proficiency test will be necessary. For more details, see (