Postdoctoral Researcher in Neurophysiology
University of Helsinki Neuroscience Center

The in vivo rodent electrophysiology and imaging unit in Neuroscience Center, University of Helsinki is looking for

a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Neurophysiology

The Neuroscience Center (NC, is an international research unit within Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) of the University of Helsinki, a leading Nordic university with a strong commitment to life science research. NC aims at making fundamental discoveries about brain functions and especially translate research findings into improvements in the treatment, prevention and diagnosis of psychiatric and neurological disorders. The research in NC spans across several scales from stem cell research and molecular neuroscience to systems and cognitive neuroscience in both animal and human models. The research groups of NC conduct research in neuroscience at the highest international level and actively apply the results for the benefit of the society. NC collaborates actively with other units of HiLIFE and faculties of the University of Helsinki, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Aalto University and Neurocenter Finland.

The Neuroscience Center invites applications from outstanding candidates for a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in Neurophysiology for a 3-year appointment, starting the earliest from October 2021.

The successful candidate is expected to have strong previous experience in in vivo neurophysiology, and in particular in the field of rodent brain imaging and/or electrophysiology. The selected candidate will perform research using the technologies and methods made available by the core and participate in maintaining and developing the activities the in vivo rodent imaging and electrophysiology research platform (, including user training. The core facility comprises of in vivo brain microscopy unit and platforms for in vivo electrophysiological recordings in both anesthetized and awake mice.

The research work will focus on the mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders and bridging findings from rodent models to human data. Previous research experience in rodent models as well as in vivo genetic and optogenetic manipulations in combination with in vivo electrophysiological or imaging techniques in considered as an advantage.

The qualification requirements include an applicable doctoral degree, excellent command of English as well as documented research skills (i.e. scientific publications) in the expected research field. Other requirements include the ability and motivation to pursue a scientific career, as demonstrated through publications or otherwise.

We offer an international, inspiring, and supportive research environment, along with excellent research facilities and in-house state-of-the-art technologies. NC hosts also other state-of-the-art infrastructures, including neuronal stem cell core and mouse behavioral phenotyping center. The members of NC also have an access to human brain imaging in the BioMag laboratory in the HUS Medical Imaging Centre and Aalto University facilities.

Finland is a member of the EU, has high quality free schooling (also in English) and generous family benefits and healthcare. Finland was recently ranked as the best country in the world for expat families, and Helsinki in the world’s top ten most livable cities. Finland and the Helsinki region possess top expertise in sciences in terms of a vibrant talent pool, leading research, strong support services and functioning collaboration networks. For more information about working at the University of Helsinki and living in Finland, please see

Salary will be based on the University salary system, starting at approx € 3400 /month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

Applications are invited up to 15 August 2021 at 23:59 (EET).

The application must be submitted as one single pdf file through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking the link below. Applicants employed by the University of Helsinki must submit their application through the SAP HR portal. The application, written in English, should contain the following:
• Cover letter summarizing the candidate’s research experience in in vivo imaging and electrophysiology and why the candidate is interested in the position.
• Curriculum vitae
• List of publications
• Contact information of two referees

Further information: Sari Lauri, e-mail: sari.lauri (at)
Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi (at)

Due date

15.08.2021 23:59 EEST


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