Postdoctoral Researcher in Pain Chronobiology


The University of Helsinki is one of the leading universities in Nordics and Europe and an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. Position of postdoctoral researcher is available at the Translational Pain Research group at Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, led by Academy Research Fellow Dr. Vinko Palada. Dr. Palada's team investigates circadian regulation of chronic pain and associated comorbidities by using the state-of-the-art methods such as high-throughout omics, molecular biology, drug library screens, characterization of the patient cohorts and the functional studies in experimental models. This is a new and exciting research field, with the goals to revolutionize our understanding of pain mechanisms and to develop new therapies for pain relief. The group closely collaborates with Helsinki University Hospital and Karolinska Institute, Sweden.

Job description and key requirements

Researcher will have an opportunity to join the already established project or initiate their own project within the main research areas of the group (comorbidity between sleep disorders and pain, circadian regulation of pain and pain chrono pharmacology.) We are looking for an ambitious early career researcher with advanced analytical and problem-solving skills. The successful applicant has at least two first authorship publications and a doctoral degree in neuroscience, biology, chronobiology, pharmacology, sleep medicine or other related discipline. The degree requirement must be met by the beginning of employment. Previous experience with pain, sleep and circadian research is considered a strong merit for this position. Excellent communication and writing skills in English and ability to work in the international team setting are expected. The successful applicant will take part in experiments, supervision of students, drafting of manuscripts and funding applications. The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki.

Application requirements

Applications should include the following documents:

  1. CV (Europass CV template highly recommended)
  2. Motivation letter (a description of how you would utilize your research skills in our group and what kind of research projects you would like to pursue, up to two pages)
  3. List of publications and
  4. three reference contacts

Application documents should be submitted as a single PDF file to the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system, by clicking on the "apply for position" button

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The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of genders, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Deadline for application in Thursday May 9th, 2024 and position will be filled as soon as possible. For further information, please contact Dr. Vinko Palada ([email protected])

Contract and work benefits

Employment is expected to start on June 1st 2024 as fixed 1-year position, with a possibility of prolongation. A six-month trial period will be applied. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University guidelines. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information can be obtained here: In 2024, Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world for the 7th time in a row according to the annual World Happiness Report and was recently rated as the best country in the world for expat families. For more information about working at the University of Helsinki and living in Finland, please see

Job Information

Status: Open Job type: Full Time Salary: Negotiable Publish date: 12 Apr 2024

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