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The University of Helsinki is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. University Services helps our international scientific community to focus on the core functions of the University: research, teaching and public engagement.

The Research Services unit of University Services provides customer-oriented support for researchers in applying for research funding, administering projects, dealing with legal matters, maintaining laboratories and promoting the impact and applicability of research. In addition, Research Services supports the academic leadership in their decision-making and coordinates researcher education.

The Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) is an international research institute focusing on human genomics and personalised medicine at the University of Helsinki. FIMM integrates molecular medicine research, technology centre and biobanking infrastructures under one roof, promoting translational research in grand challenge projects, specifically, the impact of genome information from the Finnish population in personalised health and medicine, individualised cancer medicine, and digital molecular medicine. FIMM is the Finnish node of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine.

We are now seeking two PROJECT COORDINATORs for the Research Services to support research directors at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland.

Description of duties
The duties of a project coordinator include varied administrative and communications tasks, such as:
• Supporting the principal investigators and other researchers of the research group in research funding applications, management and reporting
• Monitoring finances and participating in human resources-related tasks together with our dedicated services
• Communicating within the projects, between collaborators and to a wider audience via social media, the internet or mass media
• Organising meetings and seminars
• Helping with visitor travel arrangements and new employees, and providing knowledge of local regulations, customs and arrangements
• Undertaking other tasks that emerge in the research groups

Post 1.

• The employee will work in research projects of Dr Andrea Ganna located at FIMM at the University of Helsinki’s Meilahti Campus. Dr Ganna is an EMBL-group leader and an instructor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. His research vision is to integrate genetic data and information from electronic health record/national health registries to enhance early detection of common diseases and public health interventions. Dr Ganna has been recently awarded with an ERC starting grant to study the application of artificial intelligence methods for prediction of cardiovascular diseases and is co-leading a 5-year EU funded consortium project, INTERVENE, together with Prof Samuli Ripatti. The INTERVENE project aims to develop and test next generation tools for disease prevention, diagnosis and personalised treatment utilizing the first US-European pool of genomic and health data and integrating longitudinal and disease-relevant -omics data into genetic risk scores.
• The successful candidate is expected to assist in coordinating and managing the INTERVENE consortia and to support Dr Ganna’s laboratory daily operations. Major tasks include monitoring project progress, liaising with financial and administrative staff, organizing and participating in project meetings, preparing reports and managing the calendars and administrative requirements of Prof Ripatti and Dr Ganna. The candidate will have the opportunity to have a leading role in the INTERVENE consortium and will help the principal investigators to shape the direction of the consortia.
• The candidate should have excellent organizational, communication and problem-solving skills, strong capability to work independently as well as cooperate harmoniously with research staff. Experience in project coordination and management at international level (especially large-scale consortium & H2020 management experience) is appreciated. The candidate should have fluency in written and spoken English, knowledge of Finnish or other European language will be an advantage. Studies in the relevant field of science are a benefit. The post may require occasional travel abroad (mostly within Europe).

This is a full-time position and is expected to start in January 2021 or earlier for a period of five years.

Post 2.

• The employee will work at FIMM in Research Director Caroline Heckman’s research group located at the University of Helsinki’s Meilahti Campus. Dr Heckman leads the Grand Challenge programme “Functional Precision Medicine in Cancer” and is the principal investigator of several international projects e.g. Innovative Medicine Initiative HARMONY and HARMONY PLUS, Erasmus Knowledge Alliance NEMHESYS, ERA-PerMed MEET-AML, as well as several company collaborations. She is also affiliated with the Academy of Finland supported iCAN Digital Precision Cancer Medicine Flagship.
• The employee will also have related responsibilities for organizing cancer-related super-group meetings within FIMM and coordinating FIMM-iCAN partnership activities.
• The requirements of a successful candidate are similar as in post 1.

The position is full-time for a fixed term of three years starting as soon as possible upon mutual agreement.

• A degree from an institute of higher education (university or university of applied sciences)
• Experience in project administration
• Fluent written and spoken English


We offer challenging and varied tasks in support of top research. The University provides comprehensive benefits to its employees, including occupational healthcare and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development.

The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University salary system and will in the beginning of the employment be approximately 3000 €/month.

How to apply

Submit your application together with its attachments through the University of Helsinki recruitment system via the link “Apply for the position”. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki should submit their application via the SAP HR portal. Please attach a cover letter (maximum 1 page) and CV to your application; transcripts and diplomas are not necessary.

The deadline for applications is 6 December 2020.

Further information

For further information on the application process, please contact Head of Service for Project Coordination Sami Ojanen, phone: 02941 57736,

For further information on the post 1, please contact Group Leader, Dr Andrea Ganna, or Research Coordinator Ulla Tuomainen,

For further information on the post 2, please contact Project coordinator at FIMM Director’s office Susanna Rosas,

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