WE ARE HIRING! Are you interested in algal blooms from the Baltic Sea and their use as a source of high value products? We have an open position for a new postdoc to be involved in an academia-industry collaborated project. Come and join us, deadline is 14th of March!

The Cyanobacterial Research group is part of the Department of Microbiology at the faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki. 


The Cyanobacterial Research group invites applications for



in a Nessling Foundation funded ‘implementation of scientific environmental information’ project entitled ‘Algal blooms from the Baltic Sea as feedstock for a biorefinery’ between the University of Helsinki and industrial partner Origin by Ocean Oy (http://originbyocean.com). The main aim of this project is to use molecular approaches to study and characterize cyanobacteria blooms as well as laboratory experimentation, validation and scale-up of sampling methods. This work will be dedicated to the sample collections and processing part of the whole process pipeline. The data generated during this project will help Origin by Ocean Oy refine technology needed to establish a biorefinery based on cyanobacterial feedstock. The position is for a fixed term of 12 months.

The postdoctoral researcher will join cyanobacterial research group unit (https://www2.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/cyanobacterial-research) led by Dr. David Fewer at the University of Helsinki, and will work closely with Origin by Ocean’s cyanobacteria team as an industry partner. The postdoctoral research associate position will provide an excellent opportunity for an early career researcher to work collaboratively with scientists of University of Helsinki and Origin by Ocean and agency collaborators using molecular approaches to understanding cyanobacteria and harmful algal blooms of the Baltic Sea. A team of scientists working https://twitter.com/FewerLab across various institutions and industrial partners are participating in this effort and there is substantial room for creative approaches by the postdoc to propose original research to understand and improve our knowledge of species and their potential to cause harm to humans and wildlife. The project utilizes state-of-the-art measurement methods to characterize algal biomass, and through collaboration provides science-based solutions to mitigate the effects of eutrophication.

The Cyanobacterial Research group comprises of researchers and technical staff working in the fields of structural chemistry and environmental microbiology. The research group is part of a Nordforsk funded Nordic Center of excellence (NordAqua, http://www.nordaqua.fi) that brings together ten Nordic universities and research institutes along with ten industrial partners and several societal stakeholders. NordAqua brings together world-leading academic researchers in the fields of photosynthesis, synthetic biology, industrial biotechnology, microbiology, medical sciences, water management and entrepreneurship in order to form a unique hub for cross-border Nordic collaboration within blue-green bioeconomy.

1) To plan and coordinate the field sampling program in summer of 2022 across Finland,

2) To analyze and present the scientific findings in national and international communities, and

3) To actively participate in the science-business dialogue with project partners (industry) and to engage in public dissemination of project results and participate in the organization of workshops

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with a recent Ph.D. in the subject area in environmental sciences, environmental chemistry, microbiology or other relevant fields. Experience and interest towards fieldwork, stakeholder interaction and demonstrated good communication through outreach activities skills are essential. Prior experience with handling environmental samples, hands-on training with UPLC and managing a small team of personnel would help to succeed in this role. Good language skills in Finnish, having a category B driving license and previous fieldwork experience are also considered an advantage.

The application should include the following documents as a single pdf file:
• motivational letter outlining why you are the right person for this task (max 1 page)
• CV (max 2 pages)
• list of publications
Include also contact information of two persons who are willing to provide a reference letter by separate request.

The successful applicant will be paid a personal grant of 32,000 euros/ year (=2666.67 euros/ month), according to the Nessling Foundation’s grant amount for a post doc researcher. The successful applicant must arrange compulsory insurance through the Farmers' Social Insurance Institution (Mela).

Please submit your application by email to Dr. David Fewer, (david.fewer(at)helsinki.fi)

The deadline for submitting the application is 14 March 2022.

The position can be filled in April 2022, or as soon as suitable for the candidate.

For additional information, please contact Dr. David Fewer, (david.fewer(at)helsinki.fi)

Due date

14.03.2022 23:59 EET