Postdoctoral Researcher in Statistical Human Genetics

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Helsinki, Uusimaa
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Full Time
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1 month ago

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University of Helsinki - Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland

Location:Helsinki - Finland
Salary:Not Specified
Hours:Full Time
Contract Type:Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On:9th September 2020
Closes:30th September 2020

The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. 

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 

Postdoctoral Researcher in Statistical Human Genetics 

The Data Science and Genetic Epidemiology Lab ( lead by Dr. Andrea Ganna is interested in the development or application of methods to translate genetic discovery efforts into public health-relevant measures. In our group, we integrate electronic health records with genetic information from large biobank-based studies (e.g. Our team includes experts in human genetics, epidemiology, and machine learning and we have recently launched the COVID19 Host Genetic Initiative (, to study the genetic determinants of COVID19 severity. 

Our lab is based at FIMM and at Massachussets General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and affilitated with the Broad Institute. The candidate would be able to work periodically in both locations, if necessary. FIMM also provides excellent training opportunities for postdoctoral researchers through the FIMMPOD postdoctoral program. 

Qualification and requirements: We are looking for future research leaders to work with an unprecedented amount of health information (diagnoses, medications, socio/demographic information, etc.) from millions of individuals in combination with biobank-based genetic data. The candidate will develop and pilot cutting edge approaches that leverage this data to elucidate the biological basis of disease and translate these findings into relevant public-health intervention. The successful candidate should prove a solid understanding of statistical genetics methods, including genome-wide association studies, Mendelian randomization, polygenic scores, and family-based designs. Understanding of epidemiological design and measures is considered a plus. 

The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in the field of genetics, statistics, mathematics, computational sciences or genetic epidemiology. The ideal candidate shows scientific independence, has publishing experience, and an aptitude towards developing novel techniques. Together with the PI, he/she is jointly responsible for coordinating projects and supervising PhD students. 

Given the current COVID19 pandemic we will also consider candidates that want to work mostly remotely. 

Apply by September 30, 2020:  

For further information about the position, please visit our website at or visit or contact Andrea Ganna ([email protected]).  

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