The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (KLTO) within the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth) is hosted by Clinicum at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki. The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research is aimed at training professional researchers and academic scientists in the field of clinical medicine. The objective of the doctoral programme is to ensure that enrolled doctoral candidates develop the skills and competence necessary for independent research. The programme supports doctoral training in clinical medicine by advancing the expertise and knowledge in the following key areas:
- Epidemiology, etiology, clinical features, diagnostics, treatment and outcome, prevention and prognosis of diseases
- Critical evaluation and practical application of research results
Doctoral candidates enrolled in the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research participate in a structured training environment encompassing basic and advanced courses in clinical medicine, as well as an extensive transferable skills curriculum provided by DSHealth. The doctoral programme supports integration of clinical work with professional research training. The goal is to achieve the degree (Doctor of Medical Science, Doctor of Dental Science, Doctor of Philosophy, or Doctor of Psychology) from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Helsinki within 4 years, net time. The progress of the doctoral candidate is supported by the supervisor, a carefully selected thesis committee, and the doctoral programme.
Target group: KLTO welcomes applications from clinicians interested in careers as clinical academics and translational researchers working in the field of clinical medicine.
Duration: KLTO is offering six 1-4-year position of full time research (*clinicians 6-48 months) starting in 2019. The length of the employment contract is determined by the stage of the applicant’s doctoral thesis.
* Exception: Doctoral candidates pursuing specialist degrees in medicine or dentistry can apply for half of a UH-funded position (6 months/year). These applicants are expected to commit to full time (100 %) doctoral training for a six month period and to specialist clinical training for the remaining six months of the same calendar year.
Eligibility: Applicants should complete a Licentiate of Medicine or Licentiate of Dentistry degree or a second-cycle degree (e.g. Master's degree) in a relevant field, and obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki in the February 2019 application round at the latest. Knowledge of English is mandatory.
Application and selection process (September, 2018)
Please note that before applying for a salaried doctoral candidate position the applicant is required to find an appropriate research group and supervisor. The applicant is expected to contact prospective supervisor(s) independently and agree on the details of the thesis project before applying for the salaried doctoral candidate position. An excellent application should:
- Demonstrate that the applicant is motivated and driven with the potential to develop into an independent researcher in the field of clinical medicine
- Propose a thesis supervisor that can provide adequate supervision, research project funding, mentoring and scientific training of the doctoral candidate
- Contain a scientifically sound and well planned thesis project which thematically fits in the scope of the doctoral programme
- Demonstrate that the research project can be completed within the intended timeframe (i.e. the results achieved are relative to the stage of the project)
In order to be eligible for evaluation, the Aava application form, a Confirmation of Supervision* and a Letter of commitment** must be completed in English and submitted by the deadline for the application to be valid. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
*NB1. The Confirmation of Supervision (including the supervisor’s CV and publication list) must be completed by the primary supervisor in Aava by October 1, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. EEST. The Aava system will automatically send an email notification to the email address provided on the application form for the primary supervisor.
**NB2. Doctoral candidates enrolled in specialist training in medicine or dentistry are expected to supplement the application with the Letter of Commitment indicating how the doctoral training period will be integrated with clinical work. Collect the requested information and signatures, scan and attach the letter as a pdf file to your Aava application by September 27, 2018 at 3.00 p.m. EEST.
THE LETTER OF COMMITMENT:
NB3. The applicant can apply for a salaried doctoral candidate position from not more than two doctoral programmes within the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth). If the applicant has submitted more than two applications, the two latest will be considered and reviewed.
Selection criteria (2018)
Applications received in time and fulfilling the general application requirements are evaluated and scored by an external evaluation panel. The external evaluation panel consists of experts in the field of clinical research. The evaluation of the applications is based on the following criteria:
- Clinical and scientific relevance and ambition of the research plan
- Implementation plan of the thesis project
- Use of innovative and cutting-edge methodology
- Motivation and CV of the applicant
- Research environment (including available resources)
The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research reserves the right to call applicants for an interview. Please note that, due to the tight evaluation schedule, an invitation for the interview will be sent on short notice.
Decisions (expected by the end of November, 2018)
The evaluation panel will review all the eligible applications against the criteria listed above. Based on the evaluation, the Board of the Doctoral Programme will make a proposal on the selections. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail.
NB! Applications to the Doctoral Programme KLTO can additionally be addressed to the Centre of Excellence in Complex Disease Genetics – from Discovery to Precision Medicine.
You can indicate this in the application form by filling in the Centre of Excellence for the 'Department or other unit in which the research will be carried out' (under the subtitle Supervision arrangements). Your application will then be evaluated in the usual manner by the board of the doctoral programme but also submitted for evaluation by the Centre of Excellence. The Centre of Excellence is entitled to make an independent proposal on the top candidate to be hired to work on their dissertation within the Centre.