Please make sure you read both the general instructions and those specific to AGFOREE.
AGFOREE received 25 complete and eligible applications, which were evaluated by a nine member evaluation panel. Eight applicants were invited for interview.
Chi Bui, 4 years, Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry, supervisors Nicholas Hogarth & Edward Webb, Sustainable Development salary position
Reija Heinonen, 3 years, Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry, supervisors Mari Pihlatie & Sanna Kanerva
Annika Johansson, 4 years, Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry, supervisors Marja Jalli & Outi Manninen
Niina Pietarinen, 4 years, Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry, supervisors Maria Brockhuas, Grace Wong & Mawa Karambiri
Olli Pitkänen, 4 years, Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry, supervisors Anni Halmemies-Beauchet-Filleau & Aila Vanhatalo
Jure Zrim, 1 year, Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry, supervisors Priit Tammeorg & Juha Helenius
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 candidates employed by the University will pursue a postgraduate doctoral degree, which should be completed within four years.
A share of the positions are earmarked in particular for multidisciplinary projects that promote the goals of sustainable development in all fields of science.
The next application period for salaried positions is open from August 23 to September 7, 2021 (23.59 PM EEST). Please apply for a position using the electronic application form for salaried positions (see section "Application form").
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. 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 candidate 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 an electronic 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:
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 2022. 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.
The application form calls for information on your research and study plan, skills that support writing a doctoral dissertation, the title and abstract of your master’s thesis, as well as details on your supervisory arrangements (in the case of certain doctoral programmes).
The electronic application form for salaried positions is open during the application period.
The research plan is the most important part of your application, and it must be entered into the specified fields in the application form, divided into the sections described below. Please prepare your research plan according to this division and the maximum number of characters including spaces for each section. More specific information can be found below and the application form is open for approximately two weeks before the call.
The application form sections concerning the research plan (maximum number of characters including spaces in parentheses):
Previously acquired knowledge supporting the dissertation project and study plan (maximum number of characters, including spaces in parentheses):
Preliminary study plan (maximum number of characters, including spaces in parentheses)
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.
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.
AGFOREE offers salaried doctoral candidate positions from 1.1.2022.
AGFOREE 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 2022.
AGFOREE welcomes applications from researchers whose doctoral thesis research focus and research questions are directly relevant to sustainable use of renewable natural resources.
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 2021 admissions call (alternatively in the February 2022 admissions call at the latest).
Applications must be submitted in English.
Please note that before applying for a salaried doctoral candidate 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 before applying for the salaried doctoral candidate position. It is recommended that all applicants have two supervisors and two thesis committee members.
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.
* Confirmation of supervision (deadline 10.9.2021 at 12:00, to be completed by your main supervisor)
Please indicate how your personal laboratory/field work/other research costs will be covered in addition to salary costs.
Applications received in time and fulfilling the both the general and AGFOREE application requirements are evaluated and scored by an evaluation panel. The evaluation panel consists of members of the AGFOREE board and other experts in the fields of the doctoral programme. The evaluation of the applications is based on the following criteria:
Interviews for selected applicants will be held on 2nd November from 0900-1200 via Zoom. Interview invitations will be sent via email approximately 10 days before the interviews. Final decisions will be announced in mid-November.