The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine ( is the only institution of higher education in Finland to produce veterinarians. It has about 750 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs about 150 academic staff, which is about a half of the total staff number. The degree programmes have been accredited in accordance with the ESEVT system for the evaluation of veterinary education in Europe. The Faculty has four departments and a Veterinary Teaching Hospital and hosts the Research Centre for Animal Welfare. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital is Finland’s only veterinary hospital for all animal species and a top-level unit in veterinary care. It includes companion animal and equine hospitals in Helsinki, Viikki Campus, and the production animal hospital in the city of Mäntsälä.

The Department of Production Animal Medicine (, which is part of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, focuses clinical research on domestic animals. The Department aims to study animal diseases and specifically to promote animal health and welfare. The Department operates in two locations: the Saari estate in Mäntsälä (about 70 kilometres northeast of Helsinki) and the Viikki Campus in Eastern Helsinki.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for the position of a


for a fixed period, starting as soon as possible. The research project has existing funding for two years. Further funding will be applied during the project.

The position is at the Department of Production Animal Medicine in a research project “Minimal need to use antimicrobials in pork production”. The study aims to find means to lower the need to use antimicrobials in pork production and to start the development of a species-specific probiotic or a combination of probiotics. The work will include also herd visits to Finnish piggeries. The researcher will work in close connection with the pig research group (Facebook: Pig Research Group, University of Helsinki / Sikaryhmä, Helsingin yliopisto).

The duties of a doctoral student are to work on her/his own doctoral thesis in the research project and to complete her/his postgraduate studies. The duties can include also teaching and other tasks. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5 % of the annual working time. The duties also include presentation of research results in international conferences and preparation of scientific publications.


• MSc degree (or equivalent) in relevant discipline (etc. veterinary science, animal science, biology, microbiology)
• Motivation to work as a researcher in a pig project doing also herd visits in different parts of Finland
• Good communication and co-operation skills
• Good knowledge of spoken and written English
• Driving license

Salary and benefits

• The salary is based on the University of Helsinki salary system. For a doctoral student, the monthly starting gross salary is usually about 2200 euros/month and progresses at least when the doctoral student is about half-way finished writing the dissertation.
• Read more about the employee benefits at the University of Helsinki and why the University of Helsinki is an excellent career choice:

Right to pursue a doctoral degree

The appointee for a doctoral student position must obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Helsinki and approval by a suitable doctoral programme by the end of the 6 month probationary period of the employment. The appointee prepares the research plan and other necessary documents for these applications in collaboration with the project leader. More information about the doctoral degree application process:

Application for the doctoral student position and further information

The application should include as a single pdf file (in English or in Finnish):
• an application letter describing candidates background, motivation for the position and research interests
• a CV including a list of publications
• contact details of two reference persons

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments as a single pdf file, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.
The deadline for submitting the applications is January 31th, 2019.

Further information

• About the position: Professor Mari Heinonen, mari.heinonen(at)helsinki or +358400687915
• About applying and/or technical support: HR Specialist Heidi Kauppinen, heidi.m.kauppinen(at), +358504155341

Due date

31.01.2019 23:59 EET