Doctoral school in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences (YEB)

The Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences (Finnish acronym YEB for Ympäristö-, elintarvike- ja biotieteellinen tutkijakoulu) is multidisciplinary by nature and consists of six doctoral programmes. The research fields within the doctoral school typically integrate both basic and applied sciences. On the one hand, studies produce basic information on ecosystems and organisms while on the other hand they seek solutions to challenges such as environmental change, nature conservation, development needs of biotechnology and the need for a safe and sustainable food chain. 

The purpose of the doctoral school is to provide all doctoral candidates with systematic supervision and high-quality education. Courses cover both academic topics and transferable skills. A personal supervisor is appointed for each doctoral candidate and a detailed study and follow-up plan is prepared.

All doctoral candidates within the YEB school are recommended to join the mailing list of the school, which is used to advertise the activities of the doctoral school.

The best forum to publish your doctoral thesis The doctoral candidates of YEB (Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences) are priviledged to publish their doctoral thesis in the YEB series 'Dissertationes Schola Doctoralis Scientiae Circumiectalis, Alimentarie, Biologicae'. Read more »


Call for applications  for UH funded doctoral candidate positions is open in September 2017.

The University of Helsinki doctoral programmes invites applications for doctoral candidate positions for a 1–4 year period starting from 1.1.2018. The duration of the employment contract depends on the phase of the appointee´s thesis.

The duties of a doctoral candidate are to work on his or her own doctoral thesis and to complete his or her postgraduate studies. The duties can include also teaching and other tasks. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5 % of the annual working time.
The appointee must obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment. The appointee must hold a second-cycle degree (e.g. master’s degree or equivalent ) and have a research proposal approved by the doctoral programme. Other requirements include the ability and motivation, as demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal.

The salary is based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary is EUR 2051–3100 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four months.

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PoDoCo information for YEB students 19.9.2016 15-16. Place: Viikki. More information coming.....


The University of Helsinki Research Foundation's funding

The Research Foundation has decided to award funding to the University of Helsinki in order to hire 10 applicants as doctoral candidates in 2015. The application process (time and application form) is same as in UH funded candidate positions.


The Board of the Research Foundation decided on 18.3.2014 to award funding to the University of Helsinki in order to hire 13 applicants as doctoral candidates. Two of the candidates, MSc Anna Norberg and MSc (For.) Tuure Parviainen, work within the Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences. Read more »


Travel grants

There are three application rounds/year for travel grants to doctoral candidates belonging to the doctoral programmes of the Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences. The calls are in February, May and October. The third application period begins on Monday October 4, 2016 at 9:00, and ends on Friday October 14, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.

Further information on the call and a list of University of Helsinki Funds' travel grants is also available at flamma: (suomeksi), or: (in english). Applications are submitted online through an electronic application form. Applications do not include attachments.

Application instructions can be found on the doctoral programmes' websites. The application form can be found at:

Please note that in the YEB doctoral school the three application times concern grants for attending courses, conferences etc abroad and in Finland.



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Doctoral school in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences
Applying to doctoral education
  • Director: Professor Jari Valkonen
  • Phone: +358 2941 58387

Coordinator: FT Karin Hemmann
e-mail: karin.hemmann(at)
Phone: + 358 50 4480683

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