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.

Please make sure you read both the general instructions and those specific to LUOVA.

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”).

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 preliminary forms for the research plan and CV from below links. The final versions are available during the application period.

Research plan (preliminary)

CV (preliminary)

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 (link coming later) is open during the application period.

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 and the study plan (CV).
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 for the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (KLTO): 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.

LUOVA specific instructions for the salaried doctoral reseacher positions

LUOVA offers salaried doctoral reseacher positions from 1.1.2023.
 

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 2023.

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 2022 admissions call (alternatively in the November 2022 or February 2023 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.

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:

  • Demonstrate that the applicant is motivated and driven with the potential to develop into an independent researcher in the field of wildlife biology
  • Propose thesis supervisors that can provide adequate supervision, mentoring and scientific training of the doctoral researcher
  • Contain a scientifically sound and well-planned thesis project which thematically fits in the scope of the doctoral programme
  • Demonstrate that the research project can be completed within the intended timeframe (i.e. the results achieved are relative to the stage of the project)
  • An overview of the project funding needs and how these will be secured
  • Reflect how the applicant fits into LUOVA and how the applicant will contribute to LUOVA's community

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 17.9.2022 at 12:00, to be completed by your main supervisor)

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:

  • Motivation and qualifications for the PhD project
  • Scientific quality, methodology and ambition of the research plan
  • Feasibility of the thesis project
  • Suitability for the doctoral programme

Interviews for selected applicants will be held on 24 October 2022. Interview invitations will be sent via email approximately 10 days before the interviews. Final decisions will be announced in mid-November the latest.

Salary position decisions starting in 2022

Eval­u­ation pro­cess

LUOVA received 23 complete and eligible applications, which were evaluated by a nine member evaluation panel. Eight applicants were invited for interview.

The positions were awarded as follows:

Nora Bergman, 4 years, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, supervisors Rose Thorogood & Katja Rönkä

Dorian Jagusch, 3 years, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, supervisor Kenyon Mobley

Antti Miettinen, 1 year, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, supervisor Victoria Pritchard

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