DOCTORAL PROGRAMME IN MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Programme-specific additions to the common call text
Microbes have a major effect on the ecosystem and humans. Microbes run biogeochemical cycles of the elements, play a major role in the intestines of animals and biotechnology such as waste water treatment and food production, just to mention some. On the other hand, microbes cause diseases for plants, animals and humans.
The Doctoral Programme in Microbiology and Biotechnology covers the entire field of microbiology, i.e., bacteria, archaea, eukaryotic microorganisms and viruses in any environment where microbes can be found. In addition to basic research in microbiology, it includes applied microbiology which is reflected by including microbiologically relevant biotechnology in the program.
Focus area of the program include:
- environmental microbiology
- microbial biotechnology
- genetics and genomics of microbes
- food microbiology
- human and animal microbiota
- microbe evolution
- microbe-host interactions
- infection microbiology
The researcher community formed around the program is nationally the most significant unit in its field and the only one in Finland in several sub-fields.
The Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry has main responsibility for the programme.
Students who have completed all their Master’s level studies and whose Master’s thesis has been graded and approved may apply for the salary positions. Please provide documentation in the application. Note that the doctoral candidate position cannot initiate prior to obtaining the second cycle degree.
Helsinki University Future Fund positions
Applications to the Doctoral Programme in Microbiology and Biotechnology can additionally be addressed to a position funded by the income of the Helsinki University Future Fund allocated to the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry on the following two thematic subjects:
* Human and animal nutrition (one 1-year position)
* Improving and developing agriculture, primary production, and related economics (one 1-year position)
NB! The applicant must have a right to pursue a doctoral degree in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. Should you wish to have your application assessed under one these thematic subjects*, you can indicate this in the application form by filling in the subject in question for the field “Specification or additional information on the field of research” (under Research Plan). Your application will then be evaluated in the usual manner by the board of the doctoral programme but also taken into account in the evaluation of applications for the positions funded by the University of Helsinki Future Fund.
Note! The 'Confirmation of Supervision' must be completed by the primary supervisor in Aava by October 1, 2018, at 16:00 (UTC+3). The Aava system will automatically send an email notification to the email address provided on the application form for the primary supervisor.
Language of the application
Only applications in English may be evaluated.
Evaluation process and interviews
The board will evaluate the written applications and top applicants will be interviewed. The interviews will be arranged on November 15, 2018.