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.
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 29 to September 16, 2022 (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 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 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 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.
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.
You can apply for the position if you have not yet graduated. In this case, a relevant academic degree (MSc, MD or equivalent) in a field suitable for their thesis project should be completed and obtained no later than 31.12.2022.
If you do not yet have a study right in Domast, you must attach a signed letter of commitment (pdf) from the supervisor(s) and the coordinating professor mentioned in the application.
All applicants need to submit one recommendation letter from your intended supervisor (or someone else). Second recommendation letter is optional. The recommendation letters need to written in English. The recommendation letter(s) has to be send by e-mail to email@example.com. Deadline for the recommendation letters is 19.9.2021 at 12.00 (local Helsinki time).
In the electronic application form, you need to attach a copy of your degree diploma. If you do not yet have received your degree diploma, you can attach for example an empty page.
Preferably, please use the English application form. However, if you choose to complete the application form in Finnish or Swedish, please note that the research plan must be written in English.
The board of the programme evaluates the applications. Short-listed applicants may be interviewed before selections.