Vaahtomeri lab invites applications for a position of


for a fixed term.

Vaahtomeri lab is a dynamic young research group. Our research focuses on cellular mechanisms of lymphatic capillary growth and lymphatic capillary mediated immune cell trafficking. Lymphatic research is currently a hot topic, since modulation of lymphatics has been shown to boost adaptive immunity in inflammation associated conditions, such as cancer, neurodegeneration and heart and coronary diseases.

Join us and learn the state-of-the-art microscopy methods, such as, live spinning disc confocal microscopy and high-end image analyses!

We have positions for a fixed term (3-4 months) for research-oriented research assistant (for example summer student) or master’s thesis student, who is motivated to investigate key open questions in the fields of:

- Cell biology
- Developmental biology
- Inflammation
- Lymphatic/vascular biology

The candidates most suitable for the positions are expected to be enthusiastic about scientific research and keen to learn new techniques. Furthermore, they should have strong communication skills (English) and ability to work in an international environment. Experience in cell culture, mouse models and image analyses are beneficial but not required.

The candidate for research assistant/summer job position is expected to be enrolled in University bachelor or master’s degree study program. The candidate for master’s thesis position is expected to have enrolled in University master’s degree study program and to have bachelor’s degree.

The work is supervised by principal investigator Kari Vaahtomeri (Ph.D., Doc.). Our laboratory is located in Translational Cancer Medicine Research Program, Biomedicum Helsinki, Faculty of medicine, University of Helsinki and Wihuri research institute.

The position is for 3-4 months and will be filled immediately upon finding of a suitable candidate. The work should be started latest in late May 2021. Upon successful work period, extension of contract to Ph.D. studies is possible.

Please submit your application via the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the “Apply for the position button” below. Internal applicants (current employees of the University of Helsinki) should submit their application through the SAP HR portal. Please, enclose a CV, transcript of study records and a short motivation letter with your application.

Deadline for the applications is March 3, 2021.

For more information on the position, please contact Kari Vaahtomeri (kari.vaahtomeri(at) and see Vaahtomeri et al. 2017, Cell Reports; Vaahtomeri et al. 2017, Genes & Development; Vaahtomeri et al. 2020, Cancer Research.

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For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Päivi Sinisalo (paivi.sinisalo(at) If you need help with submission of your application or support related to SAP HR portal, please contact rekrytointi(at)

The Faculty of Medicine promotes scientific research of a high standard and is responsible for providing research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, dentistry, psychology and logopedics, as well as for the English-language Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine. In addition to its teaching and research activities, the Faculty serves as a significant expert organisation in the healthcare sector and contributes to the discourse on ethics in the field. In terms of research, the Faculty aims for a place among the best medical faculties in the world, while consolidating and strengthening its status as a top-level institution of medical education.

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Due date

03.03.2021 23:59 EET