Post-doctoral position in Machine Learning for Biological Networks

Computational Systems Biology and Bioinformatics (CSBB, research group at University of
Helsinki, Department of Computer Science, has an opening for a


in the field of machine learning for biological network inference. The
position is funded by the EU FP7 project “BIO knowLEDGE Extractor and
Modeller for Protein Production” (BIOLEDGE) as well as the National
Centre of Excellence in Algorithmic Data Analysis (ALGODAN), funded by
Academy of Finland.

We expect the applicants to have a PhD (or to have submitted a
dissertation for evaluation) in Computer Science, Statistics,
Computational Biology or related field, with excellent publication
record, as well as experience in one or more of the following fields:
– Kernel methods
– Machine learning for structured data
– Optimisation algorithms
– Large-scale data analysis

In addition, we value experience in the following:
– Biological network reconstruction
– Structured output prediction
– Gene function and interaction prediction

Excellent programming and technical skills, as well as excellent written
and oral communication skills are required.

The successful candidate will join the CSBB research group to develop
new machine learning methods and large-scale optimization algorithms for
biological function and interaction prediction within the BIOLEDGE
project (EU FP7, 2011-2015), a collaboration between Universities of
Helsinki, Cambridge, Malaga as well as VTT Technical Research Centre of
Finland and three SMEs.

Initially a 2-year contract will be offered. Salary is based on demand
level 5 of the salary system of University of Helsinki, corresponding to
monthly gross salary of 3151-3642 euro, depending on individual
performance. An extension of the contract up to 4 years is possible,
depending on performance and availability of funding.

Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki
( carries out basic and applied
research in computer science, and offers advanced teaching based on that
research. The department is top-ranked in its field in Finland and has
been elected a national centre of excellence in higher education. The
department offers an excellent environment for high-quality research,
with several world-class research groups in the area of algorithms,
machine learning and data mining. The department has a top-of-the-line
infrastructure, for example a new large-scale computation cluster of ca.
1900 computation cores. University of Helsinki is within the top-20
Universities in Europe. It is continuously rated within top-100 in the
world, e.g., according to
Helsinki is named as number 1 city in Monocle`s annual Quality of Life
survey 2011.

Please send your application to Docent Juho Rousu at
(rekry.bioledge[at] Please include CV, transcripts of
your studies, a statement of research interests, as well as names of
possible referees. Applications received by September 23, 2011 will
receive full consideration.

For further information about the position, please contact
Docent Juho Rousu
Department of Computer Science
P.O Box 68
00014 University of Helsinki
tel: +358 50 415 1702
email: firstname.lastname[at]