Deadline: 2018-10-01

Location: Turku, Finland

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Type: Academic staff

Turku Centre for Biotechnology is a joint department of the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, providing high-end technologies and expertise to academic and industrial researchers. These services benefit from the internationally competitive, excellent research carried out by TCB investigators. Our researchers discover molecular events underlying biological function and identify how this information can be used to improve life quality.

Project Manager

Turku Centre for Biotechnology, a joint department of the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, seeks a project manager to work with the Euro-BioImaging Project from December 1st 2018 to December 31st 2020. Euro-BioImaging (EuBI) ( provides open physical user access to a broad range of state-of-art technologies in biological and biomedical imaging for life scientists, and its Finnish Advanced Light Microscopy Node ( focuses on different specialties such as super-resolution imaging, correlative light and electron microscopy and mesoscopic imaging.

As Project manager of the Finnish ALM Node of EuBI, the main tasks of this position are:

·To further develop the Finnish ALM Node: constantly upgrade operational facilities to meet national and international needs for imaging services.

·To promote the services that the Finnish ALM Node of EuBI offers; and to actively work to improve the quality of those services.

·To manage and coordinate the Finnish EuBI Node and to be responsible for the communication between all three partners in Turku (TBI), Helsinki (HBI) and Oulu (OBI).

·To coordinate Finnish Node funding acquisition and reporting towards Academy of Finland and universities.

·To evaluate Finnish Node user applications and projects based on their technical and scientific quality.

·To be the first point of contact for applications coming to Finland and to coordinate the EuBI user’s projects taking place in Finland.

·To provide assistance with requested imaging technologies and to support users with the experimental design and execution.

·Help to organize in collaboration with the involved units, the required ethical permissions for human and animal research, for transferring laboratory animals, biological and genetic material, as well as help arranging accommodation and travel details of the visitors.

Applicants will be expected to have a suitable bioscience/biophysics background (PhD or corresponding) together with high experience working with a broad spectrum of light microscopy methods. In addition experience in one or more of the following areas will be regarded as an asset:

1.Super-resolution methods such as STED microscopy, PALM/STORM and/or Structure Illumination microscopy (SIM)

2.Different microscopy techniques offered by the Finnish ALM Node of Euro-BioImaging in particular advanced optical microscopy methods such as: FLIM/FRET, FCS, TIRF

3.Euro-BioImaging research infrastructure

4.Image processing and data management

The applications will be evaluated in two stages, firstly the written application and then in an oral discussion with the most highly scoring candidates in the second round. The second round is based on the oral interviews.

Good communication skills in particular in English are essential as many of the Node users are international visitors. Also the ability to work independently in an interdisciplinary environment, as well as being part of a team and having good organizational skills are considered to be essential.

The salary is in accordance with the Finnish University salary system for other personnel job demand level 10, where the work specific salary component is 3339,28 € per month depending on qualifications. In addition, there is a salary component based on personal work performance, which is at most 46.3% of the base salary. The position is 100% (FTE) and salary is calculated accordingly.

Electronic applications should be submitted no later than October 5th, 2018 at 15.00 (Finnish time) through the university recruitment system below ( application should include CV, motivation letter, publication list where appropriate and contact details of two referees.

For further information on the position please contact Project Manager Inga Pukonen ( or Project Manager Camilo Guzmán (

Åbo Akademi University is actively working for equal gender distribution and diversity across all personnel groups.