Turku Collegium for Science, Medicine and Technology Selected Five New Postdoctoral Researchers


The Turku Collegium for Science, Medicine and Technology (TCSMT) international selection process for postdoctoral researcher positions ended at the end of April. TCSMT received 84 applications from 26 countries. Of the applicants, 77% reported a nationality other than Finnish. 

Based on the two-stage evaluation process, the TCSMT board selected five postdoctoral researchers for a three-year term of employment. Of the selected postdoctoral researchers, three will be placed at the Faculty of Technology and two at the Faculty of Science. 

The fifth international call for applications for postdoctoral researcher positions was organised between November 2020 and mid-January 2021. Those selected from this application period may begin their term of employment from August this year but must begin at the start of 2022 at the latest. 

The TCSMT board evaluated all applications and, based on the evaluation, called 12 candidates for interviews. The final selections were based both on the evaluations and the interviews. In the selection process, emphasis was placed on applicants’ international experience, career phase, and research proposal, and the links of said research plan to ongoing research at the University of Turku. All postdoctoral researchers selected must join an existing research group at the University of Turku, or must have an appointed supervisor for their work.

– We stress the importance of international experience in the selection process. We looked for researchers who would bring something new to the research community at the University of Turku, and who have the potential to later embark on an independent researcher career. TCSMT receives high standard applications from international applicants and selecting the top candidates has always been a difficult task, Professor Sirpa Jalkanen, chair of TCSMT board, concludes.

The goal of the regular selection process is to maintain a group of 10–15 postdoctoral researchers supported by TCSMT actively working at the University of Turku. 

The first TCSMT postdoctoral researchers were recruited in 2016. All the researchers of the Collegium are based at a department within the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Medicine, or the Faculty of Technology.

Selected TCSMT Postdoctoral researchers, their department and supervisor:

  • Mohammad Mahdi Abaei, Department of Geography and Geology 
    Supervisor: Professor Tommi Inkinen
  • Pande Putu Erawijantari, Department of Computing 
    Supervisor: Associate Professor Leo Lahti
  • Tuomas Huokko, Department of Life Technologies 
    Supervisor: Professor Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne
  • Agnés Lewden, Department of Biology 
    Supervisor: Adjunct Professor Antoine Stier
  • Diego Mendez Gonzalez, Department of Life Technologies 
    Supervisor: Professor Tero Soukka
Created 05.05.2021 | Updated 07.05.2021