Project Researcher within Mechanics and inflammatory signaling in the endothelium / Projektforskare inom Mechanics and inflammatory signaling in the endothelium, 1.9.2024-30.6.2028

Åbo Akademi söker en projektforskare inom Mechanics and inflammatory signaling in the endothelium. Befattningen hör till flaggskeppet InFLAMES i Åbo, Finland. Anställningen är för tiden 1.9.2024-30.6.2028. Den tidsbundna anställningen är på heltid.

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Åbo Akademi University is an internationally acknowledged research university with an extensive responsibility for providing education in Swedish in Finland. With its international research community and its strong Nordic ties, Åbo Akademi University has an acclaimed and recognized position within research and education both nationally and internationally.

Åbo Akademi University Research Flagship InFLAMES: Innovation Ecosystem based on the Immune System, funded by the Research Council of Finland, invites applications for a fixed-term project researcher position in the field of endothelial mechanobiology and inflammatory signaling for the period 1.9.2024-30.6.2028. The fixed-termed position is full time. 

The InFLAMES Flagship is a joint effort of Åbo Akademi University, University of Turku, and the associated ecosystem. It aims at being an internationally recognized, top-level, immunological research and development cluster attracting both researchers and business partners. It will produce break-through knowledge on immunological principles and diseases. The Flagship also aims to provide novel discoveries, which lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory disorders. Innovations, internationally recognized scientists, an extensive state-of-the-art research infrastructure and intensive academy–industry interactions form the foundation of the InFLAMES Flagship research.

The position will be seated at the Sahlgren lab, Cell Fate Lab (, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Faculty of Science and Engineering in Turku.

The group seeks a project researcher to work on endothelial mechanobiology and integrity, barriers and mediators of inflammation and novel model systems. Mechanical forces and the Notch signaling pathway control the structure of vessel walls while deregulation of Notch is linked to atherosclerosis and pulmonary artery hypertension, associated with inflammation and arterial remodeling. Our aim is to study the interplay of mechanical, Notch and inflammatory signals in controlling the architecture of blood vessels via in vivo, in vitro and in silico model systems.

The key responsibilities are to conduct scientific research related to inflammatory and mechanical factors and signaling as well as improved tools for mechanobiology studies within the Flagship’s research profile (please see as well as being active in coordinating InFlames activities at ÅAU and aiding in applying for external research funding.


  • Doctoral degree in biosciences or other relevant discipline obtained within the past five years. (Not included in the net period of five years are maternity leaves, parental leaves, military service, etc.)  
  • Expertise in vascular or mechanobiology research and competency in applying central cell and molecular biology methods
  • Commitment to scientific excellence as demonstrated by a strong publication record and scientific output
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including written and oral communication in English
  • Strong organizational and time management skills 

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience of work within the InFLAMES Flagship or corresponding research center/organization
  • International research experience 
  • Experience in research coordination and/or management
  • Other academic achievements in addition to the doctoral degree.

When assessing the applicant’s qualifications for the position, the following criteria will be taken into consideration:

  • Scientific merits (80 %), including scientific publications in the field, relevance of the scientific background, and experience from participation in research projects
  • Interactive skills (20 %), including tasks relating to society, administrative experience, and good collaboration skills

The successful applicants will be appointed following a general assessment of their competence in relation to the necessary qualities to successfully carry out the tasks for the position. The applicants can be invited to an interview.

The project researcher’s salary is based on levels 5–6 of the job demand levels for teaching and research staff. In addition, an individual salary component based on personal work performance is added to the salary. Please see the salary chart for teaching and research personnel.

Researchers have a total working time of 1,612 hours per year. A trial period of six months applies to all new employees. The person’s appointed will have access to occupational health care-services.

Please submit your electronic application in the ÅAU recruitment system ( no later than May 30th, 2024 at 15:00 (EEST, Finnish time zone). Please see guidelines on the electronic application.

The application should include the following enclosures (in English): 

  • Personal statement or motivation letter containing a description of your scientific background and motivation, and how they relate to research conducted at the InFLAMES Flagship (max. 2 pages) 
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) in compliance with the TENK model (The Finnish National Board on Research Integrity) including a full list of publications.
  • Degree certificates

For more information regarding the position, please contact Professor Cecilia Sahlgren, cecilia.sahlgren[a] or Senior University Lecturer Annika Meinander annika.meinander[a] and in questions concerning the recruitment process HR Specialist Sabina Ringvall, sabina.ringvall[a]

Åbo Akademi University works for equal gender distribution and diversity across all personnel groups.

Application period starts: 2024-05-03 14:00Application period ends: 2024-05-30 15:00