Monday, September 24, 2012

[Comp-neuro] Open Position: Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering (Neuronal Network Modeling and Measurement Signal Analysis)

About the Employer

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) in Finland is an active scientific community of 2,000 employees and more than 10,000 students. The University operates in the form of a foundation and has a long-standing tradition of collaboration with other research institutions and business life. Many of the fields of research and study represented at the University play a key role in addressing global challenges. Internationality is an inherent part of all the University’s activities. Welcome to join us at TUT!

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a multidisciplinary unit employing novel applications of materials science, electrical engineering and information technology for the benefit of healthcare. Our aim is to develop advanced treatments and diagnostics for the needs of different types of healthcare providers. The department employs seven professors and a staff of roughly 60 people.

BME coordinates a European Union 7th Framework Programme project “Biomimicking the Brain – towards 3D Neuronal Network Dynamics (3DNeuroN)”. In the project, 3D neuronal cell networks and a corresponding electrophysiological measurement and stimulation system will be created. The project is an international collaborative effort with Institute of Biomedical Technology (IBT), University of Tampere, and groups from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany, and Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany.

BME and IBT are part of BioMediTech, Tampere, Finland. BioMediTech, a joint institute of TUT and UTA, brings together a powerful mix of multidisciplinary expertise in life sciences and medical technology. Over 250 scientists conduct research and education in the fields of cell and molecular biology, genetics, biomaterials, biosensors, computational systems, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, and regenerative medicine.

This environment provides huge opportunities for an active multidisciplinary researcher.

Job description

The selected person will conduct research on modeling the functionality of neuronal cells and networks, and analysis of electrophysiological measurement data. The work may also include planning and conducting associated electrophysiological measurements and other 3DNeuroN tasks of BME. The aim of the work is to yield new knowledge on neuronal network formation and functioning. Thus, the work also contributes towards stem cell based cures for central nervous system disorders and other stem cell based applications. High quality publishing is of foremost priority in this job and project, without forgetting commercial potential.

Part of the post is allocated to teaching and thesis work instruction. Topics will be determined according to the selected person.


BME is looking for superior candidates with experience and dedication to pursue leading-edge research in modeling neuronal cells and networks mainly as information processing systems, and in analysis of electrophysiological data. Experience of electrophysiological measurements and Matlab is highly desirable. Experience in image processing is an advantage. Willingness to work full time and in person at BME is also desirable.

The successful candidate for the position of research fellow (tutkijatohtori) shall be expected to possess an applicable Doctoral degree and the competence to conduct independent scientific work as well as teaching skills required for the position. When a candidate’s qualifications for the position are evaluated, previous experience in studying or working abroad and connections to international research shall be appreciated.

The applicant shall be expected to excel in English and be able to demonstrate a successful publication record.

We offer

BME and BioMediTech, along with our collaborators, offer a unique, multidisciplinary and enthusiastic research environment, in which engineering sciences and cell biological knowledge and know-how unite. BME has a fully equipped state of the art electrophysiology laboratory jointly with IBT. The laboratory facilitates concurrent microelectrode array and patch clamp measurements and phase contrast or fluorescent microscopy, e.g., calcium imaging, of human embryonic stem cell derived neuronal cells and networks. The electrophysiology laboratory is in the immediate vicinity of BME. Should the work call for supercomputing, appropriate resources of Tampere Center for Scientific Computing, and CSC — IT Center for Science Ltd, which provides the most powerful supercomputing environment in Finland, can be utilized. These combined with the leading-edge expertise of the 3DNeuroN partners provide opportunities for personal development and scientific breakthroughs.


The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a Research Fellow is placed on the job demand levels 5-6. In addition, employees receive performance based salary. The starting salary will be determined based on the qualifications of the selected candidate as well as the level of duties agreed upon in final negotiations. The level of the starting salary is expected to be approximately from 3235 euros per month to 3573 euros per month. During the entire project the salary may range up to 4100 euros per month depending on performance. Annual performance evaluations will be conducted according to the TUT evaluation procedures for all research staff.

Trial period

Trial period of four (4) months applies.


The position will be filled for a fixed term period from 15 October 2012 to 31 October 2013, with a potential extension until 31 December 2014. Towards the end of the project, the Research Fellow is expected to actively participate in attracting funding to continue the work.

TUT reserves the right, for a justified reason, to leave the position open, or to extend the application period.

Application deadline: October 7, 2012

For more information, please contact

Project Coordinator Professor Jari Hyttinen
tel. +358 40 8490 020

Project Manager Dr. Jarno M. A. Tanskanen
tel. +358 40 849 0974

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Please, go to for the official announcement, how to apply, and the online application form.

--   Dr. Jarno M. A. Tanskanen  Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tampere University of Technology  and  BioMediTech  Finn-Medi 1 L 4, Biokatu 6, FI-33520 Tampere, Finland  Tel. +358 (0)40 849 0974  E-mail:,  URL:

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