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The doctoral education system of the University of Helsinki consists of four doctoral schools and 32 doctoral programmes. All doctoral candidates must belong to a doctoral programme.
The University of Helsinki Doctoral Programme In Wildlife Biology Research (LUOVA) invites applications for two (2) funded doctoral candidate positions for a 1–4 year period starting from 1.1.2018. Advertisement
The duration of the employment contract depends on the phase of the appointee's thesis. The positions are suitable for candidates with a background in plant biology or a related field.
Application for doctoral candidate positions within LUOVA, starting January 2018 will be open 1-14 September 2017.
Applicants should have a Master’s degree or equivalent.
Applicants should already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki or be applying in the September 2017 round of applications.
Doctoral research and studies are to be carried out under the guidance of one of LUOVA supervisors. Supervisors should be contacted in advance of applying to agree on a project and supervision. Applications will not be accepted with no prior supervisor agreement.
The Doctoral Programme in Wildlife Biology Reserch is one of the programmes in the Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences (YEB). The director of the doctoral programme is Liselotte Sundström from the Faculty of Biological & Environmental Sciences. The doctoral program aims to train scientific researchers in the following themes: ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation, and management of natural populations and communities, as well as taxonomy and systematics, and computational biology. LUOVA covers both basic and applied research in these fields. Doctoral training includes a varied international teaching program, participation in courses and meetings within and outside Finland and networking opportunities.
The employment contract will be drawn up by the University of Helsinki which offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience. The salary will be based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary will be EUR 2065–3022 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and work experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four months.
Applications in English must be completed using University’s e-Rekry (available during the application period of 1-14 September 2017).
Closing date for applications is 23:59 EEST, 14 September 2017.
All fields on the form MUST be completed. Please check all the information is correct before submitting the form.
In order to apply for funded doctoral candidate positions in LUOVA, the applicant must fulfill the following criteria:
1. The applicant must have completed their Master's thesis and degree (or equivalent) by the closing date of the funded call 14 September 2017 OR must hold the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by 31 December, 2017.
2. The applicant is motivated and capable of carrying out the doctoral project within four years.
3. The applicant must be able to provide evidence of language proficiency in English, Finnish or Swedish according to the University of Helsinki admissions requirements (based on Master's study requirements.
4. The applicant and supervisor(s) have together agreed on a project and timetable for the doctoral research and studies.
Note that you will need to include the following attachments as a single pdf file in the order specified below. This file can be attached in the last step of the application submission procedure.
Please name the pdf file with your last name and the initials of your first name.
- A free-form 1-page cover letter describing your background, your general expectations regarding postgraduate studies, and why LUOVA would be the most suitable doctoral programme for you.
- A CV, which clearly states the date, topic and grade of your Master’s thesis, and the grades of your Master’s degree (or equivalent) certificate.
- A research plan (max. 2 pages) including a financial plan of the PhD project. If you have already started working on your PhD project, please explain clearly the current status of your work, what has already been accomplished and how you will continue with the project.
- A scanned copy the Master’s degree (or equivalent) certificate, or if the applicant has not been granted a Master’s degree by the application deadline a transcript of credits issued by the applicant's university (unofficial is sufficient).
- A signed letter of commitment from the applicant’s principal supervisor must be included in the application.
Furthermore, all applicants should name two referees with their contact information. Note that a LUOVA board member cannot officiate as a referee.
All documents must be submitted in English except for the Master’s degree certificate and transcript of credits which can also be in Finnish or Swedish. The documents must be received by Thursday the 14th of September, 2017 at 23:59 o'clock Finnish time. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered!
1. Application via University's e-Rekry (online application form) is open from 1-14 September 2017. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
2. Supervisor statements must be added as an attachment to the application.
3. All applications will be evaluated by members of an evaluation panel made up of external evaluators and board members.
4. Interviews for selected applicants will be held between 6-10 November 2017 on the Viikki campus. Interview invitations will be sent via email between 23-26th October.
5. Final decisions will be made by 15 November 2017 following the interviews and evaluations. All applicants will be informed of the selection by email and a list of accepted students will be available on these web pages.
Applications received in time, accompanied by a supervisor statement and fulfilling the application criteria will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
1. Scientific relevance and ambition of the research topic
2. Quality of the research plan
3. Quality of the research environment and supervisory arrangements
4. Motivation and potential of the applicant to develop into an independent researcher
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