[3dem] Vacancy: experienced researcher

Geraets, James A james.geraets at helsinki.fi
Mon Mar 20 10:35:05 PDT 2017

*** Application deadline extended
*** Position available immediately

AIROPico is a FP7 Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways
(IAPP) network of 4 academic partners and 3 industrial partners dedicated
to research and development in the field of human picornaviruses.

Picornaviruses such as enteroviruses, rhinoviruses and parechoviruses
represent the most commonly encountered infectious agents in mankind.
Despite this, prevalence, transmission, and pathogenesis are still largely
unknown and therapy is not available. Within the present AIROPico project,
the partners combine by intersectional exchanges the disciplines of
pathogenesis, diagnostics and therapy development in order to understand
disease and to develop effective antiviral treatments. More information on
the AIROPico project can be found at www.airopico.eu

To perform part of the AIROPico research on antiviral research, the
Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland, offers a 12
month experienced researcher position. To be eligible, the candidate must
be in possession of a doctoral degree or equivalent and have 4-10 years of
research experience since completing their MSc. To fulfil the FP7 mobility
rules for this position, the researcher must not have resided or carried
out his/her main activity (work, studies etc.) in Finland for more than 12
months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment. The
Institute of Biotechnology is a research institute of the University of
Helsinki, situated in the capital of Finland.

Project description

The structural virology research on picornaviruses at the Institute of
Biotechnology is carried out in the group of Prof S. Butcher.
Medically-relevant viruses are cultivated either in house or by
collaborating virologists from the network. The selected candidate will
carry out cryo-electron microscopy, followed by 3D image reconstruction of
picornaviruses and complexes, to lead to novel insights into virus


We are looking for an enthusiastic post-doctoral scientist with the with a
desire to further their expertise in structural virology, and to research
human picornaviruses. Previous experience with virus culture, molecular
virology, light microscopy, electron microscopy, image reconstruction and
human picornavirus research is desirable. The candidate should have proven
excellent spoken and written skills for the preparation of progression
reports, scientific articles and follow up funding. We are looking for an
excellent team player with good communication skills to make this
ambitious project a success.

We offer

We offer a full-time postdoctoral fellowship for 12 months. University of
Helsinki offers a stimulating environment for international students. The
position is available from April 2017. The gross salary is €4477.50 per
month and there is in addition a mobility allowance of €918 or €643 /month
depending on the fellow's family status. Both will be subject to tax at


Additional information about the project can be obtained by contacting:
Professor Sarah Butcher: sarah.butcher at helsinki.fi
Dr James Geraets: james.geraets at helsinki.fi

In order to make an application, please contact:
Dr Ram Venkatachalam: r.venkatachalam at amc.uva.nl

Applicants should provide a detailed C.V. including exact dates for any
residence/activities in Finland from March 2014 onwards, a letter of
motivation and the contact details for two referees. Applications will be
accepted until the position is filled.



Best regards,



Dr James Geraets
EU Marie Curie Actions Fellow
AIROPico Project

Butcher Lab
Institute of Biotechnology
PL 65
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

james.geraets at helsinki.fi
+358 29 4157941
+358 50 4489141

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