Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Microbiology

University of Oulu


Postdoctoral researcher, environmental microbiology

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The Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit ( research cover a broad area of expertise including applied and environmental microbiology. Our research unit is a multinational group working in a modern, up-to-date research environment.

Postdoctoral researcher position in environmental microbiology (metagenomics/metatranscriptomics of peat microorganisms)

Work description

The Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit, University of Oulu, is opening a 2-year position for a Postdoctoral Researcher for research on metagenomics and metatranscriptomics of microorganisms involved in arsenic and antimony turnover in peatlands. We are looking for a talented and motivated Postdoctoral Researcher aspiring to become a world-leading scientist. The selected applicant will work on research tasks in a project funded by the Academy of Finland (“Capturing the unknown microbial players and genes involved in the cycling of arsenic and antimony in Northern peatland soils”; PI Dr. Katharina Kujala). The tasks include fieldwork, metagenomic and -transcriptomic sequencing as well as bioinformatics. Further information about the project can be found on the project’s webpage:


  • PhD in Microbiology/Microbial Ecology/Environmental Microbiology or a related field
  • Broad understanding of microbial physiology and the interactions of microbes with the environment
  • Experience with microbiome related studies, DNA/RNA extraction, next generation sequencing, metagenomics and -transcriptomics
  • Bioinformatics experience (experience with large omic datasets is a plus)
  • Strong analytical and statistical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to work both independently and with different research groups


The salary is in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel) level 5 of the demand level chart. In addition to the basic salary, supplementary salary will be given for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 50 % of the basic salary level for the post. Typical salary for a starting postdoctoral fellow is 3,300 €/month.

How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted electronically (not via email) by December 31st, 2019. The eligible applicants fitting best in the expected research profile may be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  1. Cover/motivation letter (1 – 2 pages) describing the applicant’s experience and suitability for the position (briefly highlight your bioinformatics, field, and/or laboratory experience)
  2. Most recent CV incl. list of publications; follow the curriculum vitae model of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity, available from
  3. A copy of the applicant’s doctoral and master’s degree diplomas, or, if not available at the time of application, a statement from the applicant’s university that all studies for the degree have been completed before the application date.
  4. Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.

The duration of the position is 2 years, beginning on 1st of April 2020 (or as soon as possible thereafter). A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of the contract.

Further details are available from

Dr. Katharina Kujala (katharina.kujala[at]

Updated 14.10.2019

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