The Faculty of Social Sciences and Population Research Unit (PRU) invite applications for the position of


for a fixed term starting from April onwards (or as agreed). The doctoral candidate will be employed for a defined term of two to four years. Successful candidates are expected to work full time and to complete their doctorates in four years.

At the Population Research Unit (PRU) we study health, mortality, ageing, and family demography. We use extensive register data as well as clinical and survey data, and their combinations. Our main interest lies in accumulation of disadvantage across the life course, within families, and between generations. PRU offers an opportunity to do research with excellent data in an international, motivated, and friendly environment.

The appointee is expected to contribute to an ongoing research project that examines social determinants of health and mortality over the life-course. The position can also accommodate the appointee’s own research interests that fall within the broad scope of research at the PRU,

The main task of the appointed candidate is - jointly with the supervisory team - to design and conduct quantitative research on longitudinal register-based data leading to a PhD. In addition, the researcher is expected to actively contribute to teaching in the master’s programme in demography (up to 5% annually), and other research activities of the Unit, as well as prepare new research proposals.


An appointee to the position of doctoral candidate must hold a master’s degree in Sociology, Demography, Social Policy, Public Health or other relevant field, have strong quantitative methods skills and an excellent command of written English. Other requirements include proven ability and motivation, demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal.

In addition, the appointee should either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment, or apply for the right and obtain it within the probationary period of six months of their appointment (

The successful candidate is also expected to join The International Max Planck Research School for Population, Health and Data Science (IMPRS-PHDS) (


We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The annual gross salary range will be approx. €29,700 – 39,000, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information at The appointee is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.


The following English-language documents must be enclosed with applications (please compile all documents as a single pdf file):

1) A curriculum vitae
2) A statement (max 1 page) outlining how the applicant would contribute to the Unit’s research.
3) Names and contact details of people possibly providing references

Instructions about preparing the CV and list of publications can be found in the following web address:

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the link Apply for job. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal,

Further information about the position and the research project may be obtained from Prof Pekka Martikainen, pekka.martikainen(at)

The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. Through the power of science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is Finland’s leading research and education institution in the social sciences and also the most diverse in terms of its disciplines. In several research fields the Faculty belongs to the top 50 in the international rankings. The Faculty has a strong international profile both in research and teaching programmes. The number of academic staff stands at 350. Each year the faculty awards some 350 Bachelor’s degrees, 400 Master’s degrees, and more than 40 doctoral degrees. For more information on the Faculty of Social Sciences, please visit

Due date

08.03.2020 23:59 EET