The University of Helsinki ( is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world.

The Department of Computer Science (, which is part of the Faculty of Science, is a leading Computer Science research and teaching unit in Finland. The research themes of the Department cover machine learning and algorithms, computer networks and distributed systems, software systems and bioinformatics.

The Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science, University of Helsinki invites applications for a

Postdoctoral Researcher in algorithms and computational biology

Position description

A fixed-term postdoctoral researcher position for 15 months is available in the research team of Academy Research Fellow Dr. Leena Salmela at the Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki. The research team is part of the Algorithmic Bioinformatics research group at University of Helsinki. We develop algorithms and data structures for high throughput sequencing data with a main emphasis on genome assembly. As a postdoctoral researcher you will work on developing novel variants of de Bruijn graphs suitable e.g. to noisy data and on developing methods using de Bruijn graphs for processing high throughput sequencing data. You are expected to publish your findings in international scientific journals and international scientific conferences. Your work may also include supervision of students and teaching duties (at most 5-10% of annual working time).

The starting date in the position is negotiable.


Candidates must hold a PhD degree in computer science or bioinformatics (or related fields) and have experience in algorithm development. Experience in processing of high-throughput sequencing data is an advantage. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are needed. You should have a strong motivation for research in this field and possess the ability to carry out independent research.

Salary and benefits

The salary will be in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel, level 5). In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary will be approximately 3500–3900 €/month.

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How to apply

Please submit as a single pdf file:

• CV with a list of publications
• Description of research experience (1-2 pages)
• Two reference letters and/or contact details of two potential referees who agreed to provide letters of recommendation
• Copy of PhD degree certificate

Please submit your application via the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the Apply for the position button below.

Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

The deadline for applications is May 31st, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Additional information

For more information on the position, please contact the leader of the group Leena Salmela (

For more information on the research group and publications, see

Due date

31.05.2021 23:59 EEST