Postdoctoral Research Fellow or Doctoral Researcher (Biotechnology) / Tutkijatohtori tai väitöskirjatutkija (Biotekniikka)

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 newly starting Molecular and Metabolic Engineering research group is part of the Synthetic biology  team in the Bio and Circular Economy subunit, in the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences. Our research is focused on developing molecular tools and microbial cell factories for the synthesis of biobased products from sustainable carbon sources. We are engaged in employing metabolic engineering and synthetic biology in broadening the substrate and product spectrum of bacterial hosts. We expect to expand these activities over the next few years with recently obtained Novo Nordisk Foundation Emerging Investigator -grant. We have access to a state-of-the-art molecular biology and industrial biotechnology lab infrastructure and a broad international academic network in the field of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology.

Job description

The position focuses primarily on developing new molecular tools and methods for engineering bacteria for the efficient utilization and valorization of lignin-derived compounds. Other tasks are related to the metabolic engineering of cells for establishing long-chain hydrocarbon production. Depending on your experience and interests, the work can expand the focus on bioprocess development and optimization. You will be integrated in a team of students and senior researchers with competences ranging from molecular biotechnology and microbiology to bioprocess modeling.

Requirements (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

The position is intended for recently graduated researchers, so that they may gain further experience and advance their careers. You should have a PhD degree in biotechnology or a related subject area. We expect a competence to pursue independent scientific work and adequate teaching skills. You should be fluent in spoken and written English and have a solid experience in molecular biology/biotechnology, microbiology, and basic analytical methods. 

We appreciate experience of studying and working abroad and contacts to international research community. If you have additional experience in protein, genome, and pathway engineering, etc. that would be considered a bonus.

We are looking for versatile and independent researchers with a solid background in molecular biotechnology. We expect that you have experience in the closely related area of the positions. Your ability to supervise M.Sc. and Ph.D. students would be considered an advantage. The position may also involve some teaching duties.

Requirements (Doctoral Researcher)

You need to have a Master’s degree in Biotechnology or a related field and have demonstrated (during your studies towards the Master’s degree or otherwise) the competence and motivation to pursue postgraduate studies. You should be fluent in spoken and written English and have experience in laboratory work (e.g. as a student or a summer trainee) related to molecular biology/biotechnology, microbiology, and basic analytical methods. If you have good knowledge or additional experience in protein, genome, and pathway engineering, etc. that would be considered a bonus. The position may also involve some teaching duties later on.

Successful candidates will pursue a doctoral degree at Tampere University in the doctoral programme of the discipline. The position in the doctoral programme will be applied if selected for the work. Full-time doctoral studies are expected to be completed in four years. Please visit the admissions webpage ( for more information on eligibility requirements.

The candidate is selected based on the level of promise that they show, and this will be evaluated on the basis of their research interests, their previous experience and success in studies, and merits in scientific publishing etc.

We offer

The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of 3 years (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) or 4 years (Doctoral Researcher). The planned starting date is 1 August 2021 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 is placed on the job demands levels 5-6 for Postdoctoral Researcher and 2-4 for Doctoral Researcher (teaching and research staff). A typical starting salary of Postdoctoral Researcher is around 3400 EUR/month and for Doctoral Researcher 2300 EUR/month.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Please read more about working at Tampere University.

We also 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.

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 23 June 2021 (at 23.59 EEST / 20.59 UTC). 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 (if applicable) according to Academy of Finland guidelines (
  • Transcript of records (doctoral researcher)
  • 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:

University lecturer, Group leader Suvi Santala, tel. +358 40 198 1158, suvi.santala (at)


Tampereen yliopisto ja Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu muodostavat yhdessä Suomen toiseksi suurimman monitieteisen, innostavan ja vaikuttavan tutkimus- ja oppimisyhteisön. Korkeakouluyhteisömme osaamiskärjet ovat tekniikka, terveys ja yhteiskunta. Lue lisää:

Molecular and Metabolic Engineering -tutkimusryhmä etsii tutkijatohtoria/väitöskirjatutkijaa biotekniikan alalta. Ryhmä on osa synteettisen biologian tutkimustiimiä, jonka tavoitteena on kehittää molekyylitason työkaluja ja solutehtaita erilaisten biopohjaisten tuotteiden valmistukseen kestävistä hiilenlähteistä. 


Tehtäviin kuuluu mm. uusien menetelmien ja molekulaaristen työkalujen kehittäminen ligniiniyhdisteiden hyödyntämiseksi geenimuokattujen bakteerien avulla. Työssä rakennetaan myös uusia biokemiallisia synteesireittejä metaboliamuokkauksen ja synteettisen biologian keinoin. 


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Hakuaika tehtävään päättyy 23.6.2021 klo 23.59.

Application period starts: 2021-05-25 12:30Application period ends: 2021-06-23 23:59