Principal Researcher in Plant Genomics

Organization: 
MTT Agrifood Research Finland
Job Location: 
Jokioinen, Finland
Job Description: 

Open position in Plant Genomics at MTT Agrifood Research Finland

MTT Agrifood Research Finland is a leading research institute in Finland developing sustainability and competitiveness of the food system (http://www.mtt.fi/english). Operating under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, MTT employs around 750 people at 15 locations across Finland. A permanent position for carrying out research in the field of plant genomics and genetic resources is available at MTT Agrifood Research Finland (further Natural Resources Institute Finland in 2015*) in Jokioinen.

The principal researcher will join the Genetics Group of the Biotechnology and Food Research Unit, and work mainly with plant researchers in the Genomic Diversity team. The main research focus of the team is on using genomics tools in plant breeding, genetic diversity, and gene isolation. One goal of plant research is to widen it to new applications in the field of bio economy.

The researcher will be responsible for applying the methods of genomics as well as forward and reverse genetics to understanding and improving the traits of crop plants needed for present and future Nordic conditions. The person should especially develop and implement new methods for DNA marker, genomic, and diversity analyses, and write scientific articles and funding applications.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in biotechnology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, genomics, plant breeding, crop science, horticultural science, or appropriate related discipline. Excellent knowledge and experience of working with plants and/or plant genetic resources and with DNA marker, sequence, and genomics data are essential. In addition, knowledge of project management, good ability in developing and maintaining customer relationships, and evidence of successful funding initiatives are required. Excellent language skills in written and oral English and abilities to co-operate with other researchers are necessary. Knowledge of statistics, bioinformatics, or programming is considered advantageous.

We offer a flexible working environment and a good opportunity to get involved in various research projects in the field of plant genomics.
The salary will be based on the job grade level 14 and personal work performance, where the base salary will be 3275,50 € and the additional personal amount at most 46 % of the base salary.

The starting date for the job is on October 1st 2014 or as otherwise agreed.

Applications, including CV and references should be addressed to director Eeva-Liisa Ryhänen, MTT Biotechnology and Food Research and sent by mail to MTT/kirjaamo, Humppilantie 14, 31600 Jokioinen, Finland or by email in a single pdf-file to the Registry Office of MTT kirjaamo@mtt.fi no later than the 15th of August 2014, 3 PM Finnish time. Please, add the code 400-146-13 to your application.

For more information about the position, please contact professor Alan Schulman, phone +358 40 768 2242, alan.schulman@mtt.fi or the director of Biotechnology and Food Research Unit of MTT, Dr. Eeva-Liisa Ryhänen, phone +358 29 531 7692, eeva-liisa.ryhanen@mtt.fi or team leader Teija Tenhola-Roininen, phone +358 29 5317831, teija.tenhola-roininen@mtt.fi. Please notice that applications sent to the personal e-mail addresses are not accepted.

*MTT Agrifood Research Finland, the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute (RKTL) and the statistical services of the Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Tike) are to be merged under a new entity called Natural Resources Institute Finland as of 1 January 2015.

Contact Information: 

Applications, including CV and references should be addressed to director Eeva-Liisa Ryhänen, MTT Biotechnology and Food Research and sent by mail to MTT/kirjaamo, Humppilantie 14, 31600 Jokioinen, Finland or by email in a single pdf-file to the Registry Office of MTT kirjaamo@mtt.fi no later than the 15th of August 2014, 3 PM Finnish time. Please, add the code 400-146-13 to your application.

For more information about the position, please contact professor Alan Schulman, phone +358 40 768 2242, alan.schulman@mtt.fi or the director of Biotechnology and Food Research Unit of MTT, Dr. Eeva-Liisa Ryhänen, phone +358 29 531 7692, eeva-liisa.ryhanen@mtt.fi or team leader Teija Tenhola-Roininen, phone +358 29 5317831, teija.tenhola-roininen@mtt.fi. Please notice that applications sent to the personal e-mail addresses are not accepted.