Post-doctoral position in Computational Metagenomics of Deep Biosphere (DL Nov 15) - Aalto

Post-doctoral position in Computational Metagenomics of Deep Biosphere (DL Nov 15) - Aalto

Posted by Victoria Nicholl on Mon, 22/10/2012 - 12:59

The Department of Information and Computer Science at Aalto University in Espoo/Helsinki, Finland, pursues research on advanced computational methods for modelling, analysing, and solving complex tasks in technology and science. The research aims at the development of fundamental computer science methods for the analysis of large and high-dimensional data sets, and for the modelling and design of complex software, networking and other computational systems.

The geobiology research consortium at Biotechnology cluster of VTT ( in Espoo/Helsinki Finland is studying terrestrial deep biosphere. The research is connected to biogeochemistry and microbial ecology of deep earth crust ecosystems. Metadata and metapathway analysis of multispecies microbial communities will be studied in collaboration with multidiscicplinary research team of Aalto University and VTT.

We are looking for a motivated, self-driven post-doctoral researcher to join our multidisciplinary research team deciphering the metagenomics and meta-transcriptomics of deep earth crust microbial communities.

Research is connected to ICDP (International Continental Scientific Drilling Program) and global network of Deep carbon observatory ( as well as the National Centre of Excellence on Algorithmic Data Analysis.

We expect the applicants to have a PhD (or to have submitted a dissertation for evaluation) in Computer Science, Statistics, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics or a related field, with excellent publication record and expertise in one or more of the following fields:
• Next generation sequencing
• Algorithm design
• Machine learning and data mining
• Systems biology

Excellent programming (Python, MATLAB, R) and technical skills, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Previous expertise in metagenomics data analysis or metabolic modelling is considered an advantage. In addition to research work, a postdoctoral researcher is expected to participate in the supervision of students and teaching related to their research topic. Good command of English is a necessary prerequisite.

The successful candidate will join a team of researches led by Docent Merja Itävaara (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) and Professor Juho Rousu (Aalto University and Helsinki Institute for Information Technology). The post doc position is for two years and is jointly affiliated with both VTT and Aalto University.

Application procedure
The applications should be sent by email to and they should contain the following documents in pdf format:

• Expression of interest that includes contact information of the applicant, and names and contact information of two senior academics available for reference per e-mail.
• A complete curriculum vitae describing education and employment history
• List of publications, with pointers to openly available online versions of at most three of the most relevant publications Please use “DeepBiosphere” as a reference in the application. Applications received by November 15, 2012 will receive full consideration.

The salary level for a starting postdoctoral researcher is between 3200 and 3600 euros per month, depending on experience and qualifications. The contract includes occupational health services and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Candidates may be invited for an interview on the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo/Helsinki.

For further information, please contact:

Professor Juho Rousu
Department of Information and Computer Science, Aalto University PO Box 15400 (Konemiehentie 2, Espoo), 00076 Aalto, Finland

Docent Merja Itävaara
VTT Technical Research Center of Finland Tietotie 2, 02044 VTT, Finland

About the Department of Information and Computer Science In the recent Research Assessment Exercise covering all the 46 units of Aalto University, the Department of Information and Computer Science was one of two units achieving an almost perfect score of 24 out of 25, from review panels assessing the units on a scale of 1 to 5 in the five subareas of scientific quality, scientific impact, societal impact, research environment, and future potential. For more information about the Department's research profile and activities, see the full RAE report available at ““.

About Aalto University
Aalto University is a new university created in 2010 from the merger of the Helsinki University of Technology TKK, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The University’s cornerstones are its strengths in education and research, with 20,000 basic degree and graduate students, and a staff of 4,500 of whom 300 are professors. For further information, see

About VTT
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is an impartial expert organisation. Its objective is to develop new technologies, create new innovations and value added thus increasing customer's competitiveness. With its know how VTT produces research, development, testing and information services to public sector and companies as well as international organisations. Through its international scientific and technology network, VTT can produce information, upgrade technology knowledge, create business intelligence and value added to its stakeholders. VTT is a non-profit-making research organisation.