Please make sure you read both the general instructions and those specific to LUOVA.
The University of Helsinki (UH) annually allocates funding to doctoral programmes for salaried positions (employment contract).
The next application period for salaried positions will be on 29.08.-14.09.2023.
Salaried doctoral researcher positions are aimed at enabling full-time work on doctoral dissertations and doctoral studies, with the goal of completing a doctoral degree in four years. The exact duration of employment, its’ start and end dates are determined in the employment contract.
The salary and other further details concerning the employment relationship are available in the call for applications (available when the call is open).
You can apply for a salaried position in a doctoral programme if you are currently a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki or are planning to pursue a doctoral degree.
If you already have a doctoral study right at the University of Helsinki, you can apply for a salaried position, if you have not yet spent a total of four years with a UH funded doctoral researcher salary.
Please read your doctoral programme’s instructions below.
Applications for a salaried position in a doctoral programme are submitted by completing the application form and enclosing the required attachments.
If you do not yet have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, you can apply for the right in the September study right call or in the spring at the latest. Please note that this may result in your employment beginning later than 1 January 2024.
If you are offered a salaried position, you must apply and be awarded the right to pursue a doctoral degree in your doctoral programme within the six-month trial period.
Please note that you may apply for a UH-funded doctoral candidate position from a maximum of two doctoral programmes. If an applicant has submitted more than two applications, the two most recently dated will be considered and reviewed.
If you already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, you may also apply for a salaried position from another doctoral programme that suits your research profile.
If you receive a salaried position from another doctoral programme, you will need to change your doctoral programme. This means that you may need to reapply for study right if your faculty or target degree changes. This application should be made in the spring at the latest. Please note that this may affect the start date of your potential employment. If you are applying for a salaried position in more than one doctoral programme, please complete a separate application form for each one.
You will find more instructions on applying from the doctoral programme specific instructions below.
On these pages you will find information on how to use the recruitment system.
Further information can be requested by writing to phd-positions(at)helsinki.fi
LUOVA offers salaried doctoral researcher positions from 1.1.2024.
Please note that there are also 10 strategically targeted positions with the theme "Multidisciplinary research on One Health including a global dimension". One Health is understood in its widest scope referring to an integrated, unifying approach to balance and optimize the health of people, animals and the environment.
The global dimension may be evident in the research proposals in the spirit of global responsibility, with a special focus on Africa. Groundbreaking basic research, open-minded curiosity and cooperation that transcends boundaries are supported. The projects are expected to increase our knowledge towards building a sustainable future by finding solutions to both local and global issues and thereby benefiting the global community.
If your research fits into this theme, please indicate it in your application and describe the connection with this theme.
LUOVA is offering 1-4-year positions of full-time research. Applicants must apply for full years (one, two, three or four years), corresponding to the length of time required to complete the PhD. The minimum period is 12 months starting in 2024.
LUOVA welcomes applications from researchers whose doctoral thesis research focus and research questions are directly relevant to wildlife biology, ecology and evolutionary biology.
Applicants must have completed their Master's degree by the end of the application period AND either have active post-graduate study rights at the University of Helsinki OR are applying for post-graduate study rights in the September 2023 admissions call (alternatively in the November 2023 or February 2024 admissions call at the latest).
Applicants need to have at least one agreed supervisor. LUOVA highly recommends having two supervisors. Applicants also need to have a coordinating academic and thesis committee before applying.
Applications must be submitted in English.
In addition to The Confirmation of Supervision, the supervisor’s letter of recommendation regarding the applicant must be completed by the primary supervisor. Please share this link to your primary supervisor to complete the recommendation. The deadline for the recommendation letter is Sunday 17 September. Please inform your primary supervisor with these instructions.
Please note that before applying for a salaried doctoral reseacher position the applicant is required to find an appropriate research group and supervisor(s). The applicant is expected to contact prospective supervisor(s) independently and agree on the details of the thesis project well in advance and before applying for the salaried doctoral reseacher position. It is recommended that all applicants have two supervisors and two thesis committee members.
Please note that the application process may sound confusing given organisational structure. LUOVA is a doctoral programme. Doctoral programmes are responsible for offering the curriculum that doctoral researchers are bond to; the doctoral programmes offer a tight research support community. Doctoral programmes belong to doctoral schools, which offer some of the common training, set joint standards, and handle some of the doctoral programme funding, for example travel grants. Some of the requirements for a PhD (e.g. thesis requirements) are dictated by the faculties, not by the doctoral programmes. All LUOVA's members belong to either the Faculty of Biological and Environmental sciences or Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The connections with the faculties are supported through the coordinating academic: all doctoral researchers should agree with, and name in the application, one of the eligible coordinating academics of the faculty (Fac. Biol&Env. & Fac. Agr&For)
An excellent application should:
In order to be eligible for evaluation, the application form and confirmation of supervision must be completed in English and submitted by the deadline for the application to be valid. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
Please indicate clearly all the necessary personal laboratory/field work/other research costs and how they will be covered in addition to salary costs.
Applications received in time and fulfilling the both the general and LUOVA application requirements are evaluated and scored by an evaluation panel. The evaluation panel consists of members of the LUOVA board and other experts in the field of wildlife biology. The evaluation of the applications is based on the following criteria:
Applications for a salaried position are submitted via the University of Helsinki recruitment system. You will find the application form for Doctoral programme in Wildlife Biology Research during the open call period (29.08-14.09.2023) from the University of Helsinki Open positions webpages (available during the call period).
You need to include the following attachments in this order to your application
To ensure the equal treatment of applicants, you must use research plan structure presented in the template and follow the maximum number of characters including spaces indicated in the template. The application may be rejected if the instructions are not followed.
Research plan template (word document)
To ensure the equal treatment of applicants, CV must follow the template of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK. The application may be rejected if the instructions are not followed.
Layout: Font Arial / Calibri size 11 or similar if not using Word
Row min 1,15
Maximum length of CV: 2 pages
Approval of the supervisors and the coordinating academic (if you don’t have a doctoral study right yet)
Copies of your degree diploma and transcript of studies
All attachments need to be combined as one pdf file and attached to the ‘CV/Ansioluettelo’ section of the application. The maximum size of the combined file is 5 MB.
Language of the application: English
Please note that you may apply for a UH-funded doctoral researcher position from a maximum of two doctoral programmes. If an applicant has submitted more than two applications, the two most recently dated will be considered and reviewed.
Please note that even though the application closes at midnight, we advise you to submit your application earlier. We will not answer your question about the application, or the application form, after 16.00 EEST on the day the application closes.
Interviews for selected applicants will be held on 7 November 2023. Interview invitations will be sent via email approximately 10 days before the interviews. Final decisions will be announced in mid-November the latest.
The board of the doctoral programme makes a proposal regarding appointment of salaried doctoral researcher positions. The director of the relevant employment unit makes the final decision on the appointments.
All applicants will be personally notified of the decisions by the end of November. The names of the applicants selected for the positions will be published on the doctoral programme’s web pages (if the applicant has given permission).
Please note that applications for the right to pursue a doctoral degree are processed according to a different schedule by the responsible Faculty. The relevant faculty makes decisions regarding study rights and applicants are personally notified in a separate notification to salary positions. If you are applying also for the study right, please read carefully the instructions for doctoral study right applicants from your doctoral programme webpage.
LUOVA received 34 complete and eligible applications, which were evaluated by a nine member evaluation panel. Top 10 applicants were invited for interview.
Magnus Jonsson, 2 years, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, supervisor Carita Lindstedt-Kareksela
Lola Fernández Multigner, 4 years, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, supervisor Marjo Saastamoinen
Gloria Murari, 4 years, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, supervisor Rose Thorogood
Zowi Oudendijk, 2 years, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, supervisor Johanna Mappes
Emmi Olkkonen, 4 year, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, supervisor Claudius Kratochwil (The University of Helsinki Research Foundation position)