Employment as a doctoral researcher
Once a year, the doctoral programme opens a call for applications for university-funded doctoral researcher positions. The doctoral researchers selected for these positions complete their doctoral research employed by the university. Both current University of Helsinki doctoral researchers and new applicants planning on doctoral studies are eligible to apply for these positions.
Instructions for applicants

The University of Helsinki (UH) annually allocates funding to doctoral programmes for salaried positions (employment contract). These doctoral researcher positions are designated as full-time work. The aim is that doctoral researchers employed by the University will pursue a postgraduate doctoral degree, which should be completed within four years.

The next application period for salaried positions is open from August 29 to September 16, 2022 (23.59 PM EEST). Applications for a salaried position are submitted via the University of Helsinki recruitment system (see section “Application form”). You will find the application form for each doctoral programme during the open call period (29.8-16.9.2022) from the University of Helsinki Open positions webpages (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers/open-positions)

Both current University of Helsinki doctoral researcher and new applicants planning doctoral studies are eligible to apply for these positions. 

Please read the application instructions carefully before applying. You can find general instructions on these web pages, including frequently asked questions. Doctoral programme-specific instructions you can find on the bottom of this page.

If you are also planning to apply for the right to pursue a postgraduate doctoral degree, remember to read the instructions related to applying for a doctoral study right.

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.

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, provided you have not yet spent a total of four years with a UH funded doctoral researcher salary.

If you do not yet have the right to pursue a postgraduate doctoral degree, you may apply for a doctoral study right in the September call for doctoral study rights or in the spring at the latest. In this case, please read carefully the instructions for doctoral study right applicants.

Applications for a salaried position in a doctoral programme are submitted by completing the application form and enclosing the required attachments. 

If you already have the right to pursue a doctoral doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki and you are applying for a salaried position in your doctoral programme:  

  • Read the application instructions regarding salaried positions
  • Complete the electronic application form 

If you do not yet have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, you must 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 2023. According to the guidelines of the University of Helsinki, individuals recruited to salaried doctoral researcher positions must gain admittance to doctoral studies (doctoral study right) within the six-month trial period of the employment. 

If you already have the right to pursue a postgraduate doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, you may 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. Please note that you may need to reapply for postgraduate study rights if your faculty or target degree change in relation to an awarded salaried position. This application should be made in the spring at the latest, but 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.

Applications for a salaried position are submitted via the University of Helsinki recruitment system. You need to include the following attachments to your application: research plan, CV and copies of your degree diploma and transcript of records. Please notice that your doctoral programme might require other documents in addition to these (please see programme-specific instructions).

You can find the forms for the research plan and CV from below links. Please check the programme specific instructions. Some doctoral programmes accept attachments only in English.

Research plan

CV

The research plan is the most important part of your application. Please prepare your research plan and CV according to above forms and follow the maximum number of characters including spaces for each section. If your research plan contains chemical equations or research photos, you can enclose those as a separate pdf attachment.

The application form is open during the application period. You will find the application form for each doctoral programme during the open call period (29.8-16.9.2022)  from the University of Helsinki Open positions webpages (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers/open-positions).

Please notice 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.

On these pages you will find information on how to use the recruitment system.

BEFORE SUBMITTING: REMEMBER TO ATTACH THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS IN THE "MY DOCUMENTS" SECTION OF THE APPLICATION! See the doctoral programme application instructions for more instructions.

1. Previously acquired knowledge supporting the dissertation project (CV). (Please note that a mistake has been reported in the application form and no need to attach a study plan.)
2. Research plan. Please follow carefully the instructions of your doctoral programme.
3. If your research plan contains chemical equations or research photos, you can enclose those as a separate pdf attachment.
4. Approval of the supervisors and the coordinating academic.
5. Master's degree certificate, transcript of records, and information on master’s thesis (title, grade and abstract), all as one single file.
6. Optional: Bachelor’s degree certificate and transcript of records, all as one single pdf file.
7. Only for applicants pursuing specialist degrees in medicine or dentistry and applying for 6-month positions: Letter of commitment.
8. Please notice that your doctoral programme might require other documents in addition to these (please see programme-specific instructions).

Salaried position applications are assessed based on the quality of the research and study plans, abilities and motivation of the applicant as demonstrated in conjunction with completing a previous degree or in another manner, as well as supervisory arrangements or their availability. The topic of the research plan must suit the profile of the doctoral programme. Interviews for short-listed applicants may be arranged. 

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. 

If you are offered a salaried position, you must apply and be awarded the right to pursue a doctoral degree in the relevant doctoral programme within the six-month trial period. 

All applicants will be personally notified of the decisions. The names of the selected persons selected for the positions will be published on the doctoral programme’s web pages (if the applicant has given permission).

If you are unable to find an answer to a question in these instructions, please check the Frequently asked questions. Further information can be requested by writing to phd-positions(at)helsinki.fi.

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.

Food­Health spe­cific ap­plic­a­tion in­struc­tions for 2022

The Doctoral Programme in Food Chain and Health (acronym FoodHealth) is a multidisciplinary doctoral programme in food sciences covering food science research throughout the whole food chain. The multidisciplinary doctoral programme enables the examination of food from several complementary perspectives, as well as cooperation with the whole food sector. The food research areas are e.g. food chemistry, food control, food economy, food hygiene, food microbiology, food technology, food toxicology, meat inspection, microbiology of primary production and nutrition.

The doctoral programme has attracted doctoral researchers and senior researchers from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Multidisciplinary research activities and training are purposed to provide the doctoral reseachers with a wide perspective to their research area and enable them to utilize their training not only in academia but also in industry.

You can find FoodHealth degree structure on FoodHealth's webpage. For FoodHealth events, please visit the FoodHealth Profile and activities page.

FoodHealth offers salaried doctoral researcher positions starting in January 2023. The salaried positions are for 1-4-years of full time work. 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 2023.

Only students who have completed their Master’s degree by the end of the application period may apply for the salary positions. Please provide documentation in the application. Note that you must apply for the study right in the February 2023 or April 2023 call of the doctoral program and that you must receive the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki within the 6-month trial period of the employment.

Please note that in addition to the research plan and CV, FoodHealth requires a motivation letter from all the applicants. Please use this file for the motivation letter.

The Confirmation of Supervision in addition to the supervisor’s letter of recommendation regarding the applicant must be completed by the primary supervisor. The link to complete the recommendation will be sent to the primary supervisor's email address after the call has ended, on 20 September 2022. Primary supervisors will be given 10 days time to fill in the recommendation letter. Please inform your primary supervisor with these instructions.

Only applications in English are evaluated. Other applications will not be considered.

You will find the application form for Doctoral programme in Food Chain and Health during the open call period (29.8-16.9.2022)  from the University of Helsinki Open positions webpages.

 

FoodHealth board will use the following criteria when evaluating the applications:

  • Student’s success in previous studies
  • Student’s motivation and orientation towards research
  • Progression of the thesis work if already started (such as how many years used & how many years left). When studying full-time, the thesis should be finished in 4 years.
  • Formulation of the research question, innovativeness, methods and feasibility of the research plan
  • Please indicate how your personal laboratory/field work/other research costs will be covered in addition to salary costs.

Top applicants will be interviewed. The interviews will be arranged on 27 October 2022 and the invitations will be sent one week before the interviews. The decisions are made within one week after the interviews.

De­cision on salary po­s­i­tions start­ing in 2022

De­scrip­tion of the eval­u­ation pro­cess

FoodHealth received altogether 18 applications. The FoodHealth board first evaluated all applications and top ten applicants were invited for the interview that was arranged on October 28. The final decisions were based on both written applications and interviews. Conflicts of interest were taken into account.

The positions were filled as follows:

Anna Abdollahi (supervisor Maijaliisa Erkkola), 3 years

Viivi Heljanko (supervisor Annamari Heikinheimo) 3 years

Tiina Pellinen (supervisor Anne-Maria Pajari), 1 years

Annastiina Rytkönen (supervisor Tarja Pitkänen), 4 years (Sustainable development call)

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