Call for applications: Research Fellow in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (DL Feb 28)

The Department of Information and Computer Science at the Aalto University School of Science is presently looking for a

Research Fellow in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

The position belongs to the Aalto career system and the selected person will be appointed for a three-year fixed term period. The position allows balanced opportunities for research, teaching and academic leadership through academic coordination of educational programs. The position offers an excellent stepping-stone to future tenure track positions. The Research Fellow will join the research group “Kernel Machines, Pattern Analysis and Computational Biology” led by prof. Juho Rousu, who specializes in network analysis and machine learning for structured data.


We expect the Research Fellow to conduct independent research, and to instruct younger researchers in their work. The Research Fellow will act as the Academic Coordinator of international MSc programmes euSYSBIO (Erasmus Mundus MSc program in Computational and Systems Biology) and MBI (Master’s degree program in Bioinformatics), and teach key courses in the curriculum.


We expect the applicants to have a PhD in Computer Science, Statistics, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics or a related field, with an excellent publication record, and to have completed a successful post-doctoral period. Expertise in one or more research fields mentioned below will be beneficial:

• Algorithm design
• Machine learning and data mining
• Metagenomics
• Biological network analysis
Excellent technical and mathematical skills, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Good command of English is a necessary prerequisite. A motivated, self-driven working method is appreciated.

Compensation, working hours and place of work

The salary for the position is between 4021 and 4221 EUR per month depending on experience and qualifications. In addition to the salary, the contract includes occupational health benefits, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. The annual total workload of teaching staff at Aalto University is 1600 hours. The position is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus.

Application materials and procedure

The applications are to contain the following documents in one pdf-file in the order given below. The pdf-file is named ‘lastname_firstname_ICSSysBio.pdf’.

• An application letter that includes at least the contact information of the applicant, names and contact information of two senior academics available for reference per e-mail, information whether the application can be used in filling other vacancies at the Department and, from which source the applicant received the information regarding the current call.
• Research plan for the duration of the position,
• 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.
The application for the position is to be addressed to the Head of the Department of Information and Computer Science at Aalto University, and submitted to the Registry of Aalto University no later than Feb 28, 2013 by email to

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview on the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo. Should there be a lack of eligible outstanding applicants, the application period may be extended. While all applicants who have submitted an application by the deadline will be appropriately considered, Aalto University reserves the right to consider also other candidates for the announced position.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact Professor Juho Rousu (research related information), tel. +358 50 4151702 or HR Coordinator Stefan Ehrstedt (application process), tel. +358 50 340 7662. Emails:

Espoo, January 30, 2013

About Aalto University

Aalto University is a new university created in 2010 from the merger of the Helsinki University of Technology, 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 5 000 of whom 350 are professors.

About the Department of Information and Computer Science

The research of Information and Computer Science (ICS) department of Aalto department is internationally highly ranked (ARWU “Shanghai” CS 2012: #101-150, NTU “Taiwan”: #83, MAS citations in Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition: #10 in the world). In the recent Research Assessment Exercise covering all the 46 units of Aalto University, ICS department was the top unit of Aalto University, 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. The Department has a web site at