Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Global Health Group ) / Tutkijatohtori (kansainvälinen lääketiede)

Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAU) 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 Global Health group is an international, multidisciplinary research group that aims to improve maternal and child health globally. We are part of Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology. Many of our current research projects are formed around clinical trials, but with significant biomedical, public health, and social science components. By combining the various approaches, we wish to produce new knowledge on molecular, environmental and social events leading to health, test new interventions to prevent or manage certain conditions, and provide evidence on the social, economic, and political acceptability of possible interventions.

We are now inviting applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellow position to work on a clinical trial generating evidence on mass-drug administration (MDA) of azithromycin for reducing mortality of young children in Mali.

Job description 

We are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow to work as a counterpart for Malian medical doctors and participate in various aspects of data collection. Her / his major responsibility will be to plan data collection procedures and forms for the main outcome of the trial and growth outcome. S/he will also participate in training and retraining of study team members, especially data collectors, on study procedures. Together with a laboratory post-doctoral researcher, s/he will assess monthly data collection reports, and do general monitoring of the trial. We assume that s/he will spend considerable share of her / his time in Mali, preferably in Kayes area.

The postdoctoral fellow will have an opportunity to develop and work also on other research and development projects and to participate in teaching and supervising BSc, MSc and PhD students. It is expected that research to be carried out by the postdoctoral researcher will result in peer-reviewed articles published in academic journals. 


We are seeking a researcher with a doctoral degree in medicine or other health related sciences, preferably a clinical background and research experience as evidenced by first authorship articles. We may also consider a candidate with a Master’s degree and a strong working experience in low-income settings. Because of the research focus is on reducing child mortality understanding related mechanisms, it will be an asset if the applicant has previous experience on biology or sociology of child health in low-income settings. A successful candidate must be able to do duty-travel to Sub-Saharan Africa.

We Offer 

The position will be filled for a fixed-term period, until the end of 2023. The planned starting date is 1st of January 2020 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. A typical starting salary for a postdoc is between 3300-3600 EUR/month, depending on previous experience. 

Tampere University offers many benefits to its employees, e.g., occupational health services, flexible working hours, high-quality sport services and affordable lunch choices on campus. International HR services offer their help with the official issues in settling in Finland and Tampere. Tampere region is one of the fastest growing city areas in Finland. Tampere is the largest inland city in the Nordic countries and a traditional center of the Finnish industry. Today, the city is best known for its high-tech sector, with companies such as Nokia, Intel, Huawei, and Saab having research/development facilities here. Tampere is also the most popular city in Finland for higher education studies. More information about living and working in Tampere and Tampere University. 

How to Apply 

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 15 December 2019 (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 
  • List of publications 
  • 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?
    • Names and contact details of three referees, one of the them being a supervisor, if the applicant has a PhD degree.

 For more information, please contact:

Ulla Ashorn, tel. +358 40 7080354, ulla.ashorn (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:

Haemme tutkijatohtoria neljän vuoden määräaikaiseen työsuhteeseen kansainvälisen lääketieteen tutkimusryhmään. Ryhmän tutkimus keskittyy äitien ja lasten terveyteen. 

Tutkijatohtori osallistuu laajaan Länsi-Afrikan Malissa toteutettavaan tutkimusprojektiin.  Projektissa selvitetään, voidaanko alle vuoden ikäisten lasten korkeaa kuolleisuutta vähentää tarjoamalla oireettomille lapsille atsitromysiini-nimistä antibioottia. 

Lue tarkemmat tiedot tehtävästä ja hakuohjeet englanninkieliseltä ilmoitukselta.

Tehtävän hakuaika päättyy 15.12.2019.

Application period starts: 2019-11-26 09:00Application period ends: 2019-12-15 23:59