PHD STU­DENT PO­S­I­TION (ESR5) FOR PRINT-AID H2020 MSCA ETN, University of Helisinki

DOCTORAL STUDENT (ESR5) for ‘In vitro anti-microbial functionality testing of developed formulations to be selected for in vivo studies’ in H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie ETN PRINT-AID

The University of Helsinki – among the best in the world! Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 15 other locations. The high-quality research carried out by the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields, and for utilization in social decision-making and the business sector.

The Faculty of Pharmacy ( is located on the Viikki campus and offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and postgraduate programs. The Faculty also provides professional postgraduate education in industrial pharmacy for those with a Bachelor or Master’s degree in pharmacy and plays an active part in the continuing education in the field.

The Faculty of Pharmacy invites applications for a

DOCTORAL STUDENT / EARLY STAGE RESEARCHER POSITION (ESR5) in Horizon2020 MSCA European Training Network ‘PRINT-AID: Development of personalized anti-infective medical devices combining printing technologies and antimicrobial functionality’

The position is for three years (36 months) starting in September 2017 or as agreed. There will be a four-month trial period, during which the PhD study right is to be applied for and got.

Doctoral training will be carried out at Professor Pia Vuorela’s multi-disciplinary research group at the University of Helsinki. The Research group ( offers training in the field of anti-infective drug discovery. The biofilm team of the group targets bacterial biofilms and has several well-established methods for testing compounds for anti-biofilm activity in vitro.

The successful candidate will evaluate surface microbicidal activity and release antimicrobial functionality of the 3D-printed or 3D- printed/coated surfaces containing antimicrobials that will be developed in the course of the PRINT-AID project. For that purpose different biofilm models will be applied. These studies will provide support to the fabrication process and it will allow determination of the best candidates of 3D- printed formulations for the in vivo studies. This doctoral project will be at the interface between the in vitro and the in vivo studies, and it will thus be crucial for the outcomes of PRINT-AID. The doctoral training includes an inter-sectoral secondment to Biosurface Technologies Corporation (, Montana, United States, to perform bacterial adhesion tests using multiple biofilm reactors, such as the CDC reactor.

Requirements for the position are
– MSc degree in an appropriate field of life sciences (e.g. pharmacy, medicine, chemistry, biology).
– Knowledge of bacterial biofilms and pharmaceutical technology will be considered a benefit
– Strong motivation in pursuing doctoral studies
– Readiness to work in a highly multi-disciplinary research environment
– Fulfillment of H2020 MSCA eligibility criteria for the position (see below)

H2020 MSCA eligibility criteria:
Applicants shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organization, be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree that would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate.

H2020 MSCA Mobility Rule: at the time of recruitment by the host organization, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization (Finland) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

We offer salary for three years based on H2020 MSCA ETN programme, consisting of Living and Mobility allowances. The candidates may also qualify for Family allowance depending of their family status. All standard pension benefits and occupational health care are provided for university employees.

To apply, please submit your application with attachments by March 15th 2017 using the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system (the Apply link provided below).

In your application, please include:
– CV (with possible publications included),
– Copy of university MSc diploma including your completed courses during the M.Sc
– Contact details of two references (e.g. M.Sc. thesis supervisors)
– Motivation letter (max 1 page) with a description of your researcher interests and explanation why you would be a suitable candidate for the project. In case you apply to several PRINT-AID ESR positions indicate your rank in the motivation letter.

Please note that during the recruitment process you are asked to provide documents to prove your eligibility (status of Early Stage Researcher and fulfillment of Mobility rule) for the position.

For more information on the position, please contact Postdoctoral Researcher Malena Skogman: malena.skogman (at) In case you need assistance with the university’s electronic recruitment system, please contact recruitment (at)

Apply at latest 15.03.2017


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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