THE DOCTORAL PROGRAMME IN CLINICAL RESEARCH INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR UH-FUNDED DOCTORAL CANDIDATE POSITIONS STARTING IN 2018 (CALL IS CLOSED)
- The call was open September 1-14, 2017 at 23.59 (EEST)
- Candidates are invited to apply online. The links were available September 1-14, 2017
Target group: We welcome applications from clinicians interested in careers as clinical academics and translational researchers working in the field of clinical medicine.
Duration: 1-4 years of full time research (*clinicians 6-48 months). 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 by the end of December 2017. The doctoral candidate position cannot initiate prior to obtaining the second cycle degree and the right to pursue a doctoral degree. Knowledge of English is mandatory.
Employment: The employment contract will be arranged with the University of Helsinki. In addition to doctoral thesis work the position can include teaching and other duties (max. 5%). The salary for the UH-funded doctoral candidate positions is on levels 2-4 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointees will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The total salary is EUR 2065-3022 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four months.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
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)
Selection process (October, 2017)
An external, national evaluation panel consisting of experts in the field of clinical research will review and score all valid applications. The evaluation of the applications will be 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.
Decisions (expected by the end of November, 2017)
The doctoral programme will make a proposal on the selected applicants based on the scores provided by the national evaluation panel. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail. A list of applicants selected for a funded doctoral training position and the topics of their thesis projects will be published on the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research webpage.
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