DOCTORAL PROGRAMME IN INTEGRATIVE LIFE SCIENCE (ILS)
Programme-specific criteria and other specifications to the common call
The Integrative Life Science (ILS) doctoral programme is an international doctoral program providing structured training in life sciences areas requiring multidisciplinary skills and capability engage in multiprofessional cooperation. The Life Science areas that are strong in Finland include genetics, cell and developmental biology, cancer research, neuroscience and virology. These areas share a strong component of multidisciplinary approaches bridging research in basic biosciences, computational sciences and medicine. The research groups affiliated in ILS represent the highest quality life science research in Helsinki. Their research interests cover nearly all aspects of modern life sciences ranging from molecular medicine and developmental biology to biophysics and systems biology.
ILS thematic research areas
- Proteomics and Metabolomics
- Genetics and Genomics
- Developmental Biology and Physiology
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
- Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology
You can apply for the salaried positions of the ILS if
- You have the doctoral study right at the University of Helsinki, or
- You have an MSc, MD or equivalent degree and apply for the doctoral study right simultaneously with the salaried position on the same form, or
- You have not graduated yet, but have all the studies and thesis completed and graded for the MSc, MD or equivalent degree, and apply for the doctoral study right simultaneously with the salaried position on the same form. In this case, the degree should be completed and obtained before the starting date of the employment and the relevant certificates/diplomas submitted to the University of Helsinki no later than 14.2.2019.
The applicant can apply for a salaried doctoral candidate position from not more than two doctoral programmes within Doctoral School in Health Sciences.
Centre of Excellence applications
Applications to ILS can additionally be addressed to the Centre of Excellence in Centre of Excellence in Tumor Genetics Research
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.
Note! The 'Confirmation of Supervision' must be completed by the primary supervisor in Aava by October 1st, 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.
The applicants are evaluated based on their written applications by an external panel. Top candidates are invited to an interview. ILS board makes the final decisions based on grades from both written applications and interviews. The decisions are made blinded so that EP members do not see the grades from other members and board members do not see the names of the applicants while making the final decisions.
ILS-specific evaluation criteria
External panel will use the following criteria when evaluating the applications:
- Success in previous studies
- Motivation and potential of the applicant to develop into an independent researcher
- Scientific significance, potential and feasibility of proposed research project
- Quality of research environment and supervision
Top applicants will be interviewed. The interviews will be arranged on November 13th. The The invitations to interviews will be sent by November 6th.