Funding of research and salary
The call for doctoral candidate positions with university funding will be published on this page.
Call for applications for UH funded doctoral candidate positions years 2018-2021! - Call is closed
The University of Helsinki – among the best in the world
Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki (UH) is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The UH has an internationally diverse academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 9 other locations nationally. The high‐quality research carried out by the University creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields and for utilization in social decision‐making and the business sector.
In the University of Helsinki doctoral training is organized into four doctoral schools and 32 doctoral programmes (https://university.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral‐education/doctoral‐schools‐and‐programmes) that cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.
The Doctoral Programme in Drug Research (DPDR) within the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth) is hosted by the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki. DPDR covers diverse areas in drug research, such as drug design and synthesis, pharmaceutical chemistry, bioactivity screening, drug formulation, industrial manufacturing, pharmaceutical microbiology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, analytics, drug interactions, pharmacogenetics, pharmacology and clinical pharmacology, clinical drug research, pharmacoepidemiology, clinical pharmacy, pharmacoeconomics, toxicology and clinical toxicology and veterinary drug research. Besides the Faculty of Pharmacy, funded doctoral candidate positions can be allocated to doctoral candidates performing drug or toxicology research in other units of the University of Helsinki. The goal is to achieve the doctoral degree (Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy [Pharm], Doctor of Medical Science, Doctor of Dental Science, or Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy [Psychology]) at the University of Helsinki within a four-year net time period. The duties of a doctoral candidate are to work on his or her own doctoral thesis and to complete his or her postgraduate studies. The duties can include also teaching and other tasks up to 5 % of the annual working time.
THE DOCTORAL PROGRAMME IN DRUG RESEARCH INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR UH‐FUNDED DOCTORAL CANDIDATE POSITIONS STARTING IN JANUARY 2018:
- Target group: all applicants working or planning to work in the field of drug and/or toxicology research
- 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, dentistry or veterinary medicine 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 per year and to specialist clinical training for the remaining six months of the same calendar year.
- Eligibility: The applicant should have completed a Master’s or Master’s (Pharm) degree or Medical, Dentistry or Veterinary medicine licentiate degree in a relevant field. Selected applicants should have the right to pursue a doctoral degree (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/the-application-p...) from the Faculties of Pharmacy, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Science, University of Helsinki before starting the position in 2018, nb! application period September 1-14, 2017, further information at http://blogs.helsinki.fi/reenila/application-to-drdp/. Knowledge of either domestic language (Finnish or Swedish) and/or English is mandatory. The communication language of the Doctoral Programme in Drug Research is English.
- Employment: The employment contract will be arranged with the University of Helsinki. 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
Before starting to fill in the application form, familiarize yourself with the general instructions for applying for UH-funded salaried positions: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/research/instructions-for-applying-for-uh-fun... (including also instructions for attachments concerning degree certificates).
Application (September 2017)
Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the APPLY LINK (see the bottom of the page). Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal (https://saphr.it.helsinki.fi/irj/portal).
The call is open from September 1‐14, 2017 at 23.59 (EEST).
Application instructions are available at http://blogs.helsinki.fi/reenila/application-to-drdp/.
Attachment 1: All applicants are to attach in the application a single pdf-file which includes:
- the research plan
- the funding plan
- the schedule for completing the degree
- references (max. 10)
The maximum length of the attachment 1 is three (3) pages (Arial 11, margins 2, line spacing 1). Applications with attachments exceeding the maximum length will be discarded.
Attachment 2: Applicants who do not yet have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at UH (http://blogs.helsinki.fi/reenila/application-to-drdp/) are to attach in the application:
- copy of the second-cycle degree certificate
- copy of the certificate of the language skills
Please note: Attachment 2 does not apply to applicants who have been accepted to complete a Licenciate of Medicine or Licenciate of Dentistry degree in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki.
Note! The ‘Confirmation of Supervision’ e-form (including the supervisor’s CV and publication list) completed by the primary supervisor and submitted by September 18, 2017 at 23.59 (EEST).
Both the application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment Service with the attachments and the ‘Confirmation of Supervision’ e-form https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/70984/lomake.html must be completed and submitted by the deadline for the application to be valid. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed. Applicants are expected to contact prospective supervisors independently and agree on the details of the thesis project before applying.
Note! Doctoral candidates enrolled in specialist training are expected to provide a ‘Letter of Commitment’ indicating how the doctoral training period will be integrated with clinical work. The signed ‘DPDR_Commitment letter 2017’ (http://blogs.helsinki.fi/reenila/files/2017/08/DPDR_Commitment-letter-20...) must be submitted by e-mail to DPDR Coordinator (Ilkka.reenila @ Helsinki.fi) by September 14, 2017 at 23.59.
Selection Process (October 2017)
All eligible applications will be evaluated by DPDR Board members. The applicants are ranked based on:
- Clarity of the project, e.g. clear and well-planned project
- Originality and significance of the proposed research, e.g. potential for new knowledge and feasibility of the proposed project, e.g. sufficient abilities and knowledge to carry out the project in the time planned, methodology, resources, academic support
- Academic qualifications, academic track record, credits, publications, references
- Other factors such as prior activities, work abroad
- The relevance of the application to the DPDR doctoral training profile
Principles regarding evaluation of the applications:
- Code of conduct; a proper and fair process, impartiality
- Confidentiality; any information of applications
- Conflict of interest; any disqualifying conflict of interest with any application
Decisions (December 2017)
The DPDR Board proposes to the corresponding Faculties which applicants should receive the UH funded positions. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail and the decision will be published on the Doctoral Programme in Drug Research webpage.
For further information about:
Apply at latest September 14, 2017 at 23.59 (EEST).
University of Helsinki/DPDR salary positions (25.10.2017 Board meeting) for years 2018-2021:
Lotta Pohjolainen, position for years 2018-2021
Saara Lautala, 2018-2021
Jernej Stukelj, 2018-2021
Ilari Tarvainen, 2018-2019
Sofia Nilsson, 2018
Anna Hiltunen, 2018