Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive and Brain Aging
University of Helsinki

The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) is an international research unit focusing on human genomics and personalised medicine at the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) of the University of Helsinki - a leading Nordic university with a strong commitment to life science research. As part of Academic Medical Center Helsinki in Meilahti campus FIMM collaborates locally with the Faculty of Medicine, Helsinki University Hospital and National Institute for Health and Welfare. FIMM is part of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, composed of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the centres for molecular medicine in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and the EU-LIFE Community.

FIMM is currently seeking a

Postdoctoral researcher to join Cognitive and Brain Aging group


Postdoctoral researcher will be working in FIMM Cognitive and Brain Aging group led by Dr. Eero Vuoksimaa. Cognitive and Brain Aging group studies risk and protective factors of old age cognitive impairment and aims to improve early detection and diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. We are also interested in healthy cognitive aging and cognitive reserve. Our multidisciplinary approach includes e.g., epidemiology, twins studies, molecular genetics, neuropsychology and brain imaging. We are seeking highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work in a project that aims to understand the mechanisms of cognitive and brain aging from middle age to the oldest-old. Project is done in close collaboration with national and international researchers including Turku PET Centre and University of California, San Diego.

Postdoctoral researcher will participate in analyzing brain imaging, cognitive and genetic data, conducting statistical analyses, presenting in scientific conferences, writing of research manuscripts and in grant writing.

Qualifications and experience:

Candidates should have a PhD in neuropsychology, neurosciences, psychology, genetics or related field. Candidates with track record in processing and analyzing structural brain imaging data and/or experience in twin research / molecular genetics will be preferred. Ideal candidate has expertise also in Alzheimer’s disease and/or cognitive aging. Proficiency in spoken and written English is required.

Salary and contract:

The salary will be commensurate with qualifications based on the Finnish university salary (YPJ) system on previous qualifications, experience and performance in the position. The contract will be offered for one year with a possibility for extension for a second year. Full time fixed-term position is available from September 2020 or as agreed. Due to coronavirus situation the position may be started remotely.

To apply, please submit the application, together with your CV and a 1 page motivation letter, through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply for job. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) please submit your applications through the SAP HR portal.

Attach motivation letter and CV as a single PDF file. CV should include name and contact information of two referees and the list of publications with highlighting up to five most important papers and describing candidate’s role in these papers. Please indicate your experience in brain imaging and/or behavior/molecular genetics in the motivation letter and indicate why you want to study cognitive aging.

Please apply no later than 26.7.2020. Interviews will be conducted either in-person or online.

For further information please visit our website at or contact Dr Eero Vuoksimaa at

If you need support with the recruitment system, please contact Please contact for other process-related questions.

Due date

26.07.2020 23:59 EEST


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