Open positions / Klefström lab

Open positions


We are recruiting ! Apply now. The positions will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been identified.



We are a vibrant research lab of about 16 researchers, including postdocs, graduate students and highly skilled research assisting personnel. Our mission is to translate high-impact laboratory discoveries for the benefit of breast cancer patients. We are seeking an experienced laboratory manager, available immediately, to work at the interface of the Klefström lab and several HiLIFE research services, especially the Helsinki Virus (HelVi) core.

In the Klefström lab the candidate takes care of operational lab management and maintenance tasks, but also participates in a variety of research projects. In the HiLIFE HelVi unit the candidate will mainly focus on the management of the recombinant virus laboratory (BVC) including biosafety training and generation of lenti- and retroviral particles for in vitro and in vivo purposes.

We are looking for a lab manager with a higher vocational diploma or a master’s degree in molecular biology, biotechnology or equivalent. A successful candidate must have 5+ years of work experience in biomedical research, excellent communication skills in Finnish and English, experience in cell culture and molecular and cell biology methods and competence for operational lab management. Ideally, the candidate has a license and previous experience in in vivo methods and BSL2 gene transfer methods. We offer variety of tasks in a teamwork-spirited environment, as well as excellent possibilities to develop skills in vivo techniques and in state-of-the-art functional genomics and translational technologies.

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Klefström Lab


Note! The deadline for the application is December 20th 2019 but the position is filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and names of two referees to Research Director Juha Klefström via E-mail: with the quoting reference Labmanager2019. Closing date: December 20th, 2019.




Want to join us?

Want to join us? We are about 16 researchers, including postdocs, graduate students and skilled research assisting personnel. The lab is dedicated to translate high-impact laboratory discoveries to the benefit of breast cancer patients and our strengths are in versatile use of genetic and pharmacological approaches together with sophisticated in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models of breast cancer.

What do we expect from a new lab member? Your incentive to carry out research has to be scientific curiosity. You keep on asking why and how things happen? We are a translational science lab and for that type of environment we invite not only your experimental skills but also your ideas, brains and personal creativity. Once your hypotheses mature, you will have high degree of freedom to pursue own scientific ideas and projects. At this stage, you will find collaborators from inside and outside of the lab, no-one works alone. We expect you to show determination and commitment to your projects. You have to believe in your vision and prove it. That means hard work, but this is for the benefit of yourself.

What do we offer for you? You will learn many state-of-art molecular research technologies, from CRISPR mediated gene editing to modern 3D culture technology of cells and patient-derived breast cancer explants. You will learn molecular cloning, protein techniques, confocal microscopy and methods pertaining to transgenic, knock-out and syngrafted mouse models of cancer. In addition, you will develop your skills in reasoning and scientific argumentation. We discuss and argue a lot in our weekly lab meetings, journal clubs as well as in our annual lab retreat. In addition to the training offered by the lab, you will be exposed to vivid scientific atmosphere of the Research Programs Unit (RPU) of Medical Faculty. RPU groups include both basic researchers and clinical scientists working with patients and the program offers weekly seminars and symposia, Science days as well as social program.

Research Programs Unit/Translational Cancer Biology
& Medicum, Biomedicum Helsinki 1,
Medical Faculty, University of Helsinki

Haartmaninkatu 8
00290 Helsinki

University of Helsinki internal mailing address
P.O. Box 63
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Tel. Lab +358 2 941 25494 (room B509)
Office +358 2 941 25493 (room B507b)
Junior office (room B503)
Fax +358 2 941 25610