Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Doctoral Researcher, Neuro-Innovation: Neuroscience

University of Kuopio
January 31, 2023
Offerd Salary:€2,108 – €2,629
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We are now accepting applications for one fully funded four-year doctoral researcher (PhD Student) position in the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Cofund Doctoral Programme project Neuro-Innovation: Research and innovation for brain health throughout life. The position at the A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland, will start at the earliest in May 2023. Read more below and submit your application no later than 31 January 2023.

Research topic and environment

We seek a highly motivated and talented doctoral researcher to join our team for a PhD research topic, ‘ Combination of electrophysiological recordings with functional MRI in rodent disease models in memory research'. The research topic aims to visualise the hippocampal-cortical network that normally activates during sleep at hippocampal ripple and theta oscillations and how it is affected by epileptic hippocampal spikes. This is done in the mouse or rat by combining hippocampal electrophysiological recording and stimulation with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and using the electric signal as the trigger. Detection of a fast event with fMRI applies novel zero-echo time pulse sequences with advanced fMRI image reconstruction, making the project genuinely multidisciplinary. The project could result in a scientific breakthrough in basic memory research and provide new therapeutic targets and biomedical MRI applications that have commercial potential as diagnostic tools for Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders. You may modify this research topic or suggest your own topic in your motivation letter. The proposed topic must be in the research area of the Neuro- Innovation Doctoral Programme and the hosting research group.

The research will be conducted at the A. I. Virtanen Institute with world- class facilities and active research for preclinical MRI and electrophysiology. The position will be in the Neurobiology of Memory group (https: // The host research team collaborates closely with the Biomedical Imaging group at the A.I. Virtanen Institute (https: // and with the Computational Physics and Inverse Problems (https: // ) research group in the Department of Applied Physics.

Role and salary

This is one of two doctoral researcher positions for this call in the Neuro- Innovation project , a novel effort at the University of Eastern Finland ( UEF ) to integrate its world-class neuroscience with top-level innovation management, social sciences, law, data sciences and applied physics. This integration will produce unique inter/multidisciplinary competence that contributes to brain health innovation in Europe and beyond by training future leaders in this area of research and practice. Neuro-Innovation training will address the translation of research results into clinical adaptation and commercial outcomes. The doctoral researcher will join the Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine. The selection of the doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Health Sciences will be determined during the selection process of the Neuro-Innovation project. It may change from what is initially announced based on applicants' eligibility and application scores. Please see our website: www.

The primary duty of the doctoral researcher is to complete their doctoral dissertation per their written research proposal at the beginning of the employment period. At UEF, the objective is to complete the doctoral degree in four years of full-time study. The position will be filled for a four-year fixed term starting at the earliest in April 2023. A probationary period is applied to all new staff members.

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of the Finnish universities. The salary comprises two components: a job requirement component and a personal performance component. In this position, the job requirement level used to determine the job-related salary element is 2–4 (€2,108 – €2,629), and the personal performance salary element is 6–50% of the job-related salary element. The salary of a doctoral researcher depends on the phase of the doctoral dissertation and postgraduate studies as well as personal performance. At the beginning of the employment relationship the salary will be approximately €2,445/month.

Doctoral Researchers will be employed as staff with relevant benefits , such as a pension scheme and benefits for employment injuries, occupational diseases and unemployment. They have a legal right to a leave of absence, for example for maternity, paternity and parental leaves. Doctoral Researcher enjoy many government-funded benefits in Finland, including free health care for families, low-cost day care and other benefits for families with children (See more information about Family Benefits).

What we expect and would like from you

This research project needs the participation of people with a passion for excellence in research, innovation and impact. For this position, we are looking for candidates with a background in electrophysiology, in vivoimaging and signal analysis who are open to multi/interdisciplinary approaches in research. The PhD candidate needs manual skills, a basic understanding of the physics of electricity and the readiness to use and modify custom-made computer algorithms in MATLAB or Python to analyse large data sets . In addition, good communication skills in English are necessary to enable teamwork in an international research environment and to search for essential information in user manuals and scientific literature. The candidate is encouraged to participate in various intersectoral activities offered by the PhD programme and spend some time abroad with our international academic partners or non-academic partner institutions. Because the research pursued in the Neurobiology of Memory group includes work with animals, the candidate should not have asthma or animal allergies.

Requirements for doctoral candidates :

  • hold a Master's Degree or a Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent degree) that includes a research thesis (or equivalent) and that qualifies them for PhD studies in the country where the degree was issued in neuroscience, applied physics, biomedical engineering or in another related relevant field;
  • should not hold a doctorate or PhD;
  • should have less than four years of research experience after graduation (master's degree or equivalent based on which position you are applying for) by 31 January 2023;
  • excellent command of the English language.
  • Mobility requirements for doctoral candidates:

  • fulfil the mobility requirement of the MSCA actions, i.e. doctoral researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in Finland for more than 12 months in the preceding three years on 31 January 2023. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not considered.
  • What we can offer you

  • An interesting position in an international, creative, and engaging university community
  • The possibility of flexible multi-location work
  • UEF Staff benefits, including comprehensive occupational health care, versatile staff training opportunities, affordable campus restaurant lunches, sports services and tax-free bike benefit
  • An international university city surrounded by a pristine lake area with affordable housing
  • How to apply

    The application must be submitted no later than 31 January 2023 by 24.00 Finnish time (11.00 pm CET), using the electronic application form. You may apply for both of the two open Neuro-Innovation Doctoral Researcher positions, Neuroscience and Computational Physics.

    The objective is to offer the position to the most merited applicant by the end of March 2023.

    Please note that the application is required to include the following appendices :

  • certified copies of BSc and MSc degree diplomas/certificates in English;
  • certified copies of BSc and MSc degree transcripts in English;
  • certified copies of possible attachments of degree diplomas/certificates in English that indicate applicant's eligibility to doctoral studies;
  • copies of possible attachments of degree diplomas/certificates in English that indicate applicant's English language proficiency; if the proof of English language skills has not been demonstrated in an academic degree and the applicant has not taken the English language test, the English language skills will be assessed in the interview for the position;
  • curriculum vitae (CV) (https: // materials/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae) ;
  • a master's thesis (or bachelor's thesis if applying with that) in any language, electronic copy (in zip file or pdf file);
  • two-page summary of the master's thesis (or bachelor's thesis if applying with that) in English (in pdf file);
  • motivation letter (three pages max) describing the applicant's motivation to pursue PhD studies in the chosen research area and topic. When suggesting your own research topic or modifications to the given topic, the research idea needs to be described as part of the motivation letter, and research ethics and infrastructure forms provided on the programme website must be attached to the application (for more specific instructions on the motivation letter, see www.;
  • as a further information the full names, mobile numbers and email addresses of at least to references.
  • Questions?

    For further information on the position and the research topic for which it is offered, please visit www.

    For further information on the application procedure, see the FAQ section on the Neuro-Innovation website or send email to

    University of Eastern Finland, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences in brief

    The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We have a staff of 3,200 members, and our academic community comprises around 16,000 degree students. Our campuses are located in Joensuu and in Kuopio. Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. We generate research-based knowledge and make it openly accessible for the benefit of all. To learn more about our university please visit our website at www. On our website, you'll also find information about the university as a work community and as an employer (https: // www., as well as our employees' career stories (https: // www.

    The Faculty of Health Sciences is a unique entity in Finland. We educate experts and professionals for several central fields of health care in our advanced learning environments. Students graduating from our fields of study typically find it easy to secure employment in the public and private sectors alike. Our research finds solutions to global challenges relating to ageing, lifestyle and health. Our research activities addressing common chronic diseases in particular are of a high international standard.

    The A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences is a research institute that responds to the global health challenges created by the aging of the population and changes in lifestyle by focusing on the research of cardiovascular and brain diseases. The Doctoral Programme in Molecular Medicine (DPMM) is an interdisciplinary doctoral training program with the purpose of training researchers as international experts in modern biomedicine.

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