The Doctoral Programme in Oral Sciences (FINDOS) within the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth) is hosted by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki. FINDOS offers excellent research training focused on a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical academic fields of oral sciences research. Including basic and advanced courses, the curriculum of the doctoral programme provides doctoral candidates with a strong scientific education and preparation for future careers in research, as academic dentists, or in other areas of high expertise.
The programme is part of the national FINDOS network that consists of units providing dental education in the Universities of Eastern Finland, Helsinki, Oulu, Tampere and Turku. FINDOS Helsinki offers an excellent working environment where dental researchers receive guidance and support to develop. The progress of the doctoral candidate is monitored by the supervisor(s), a carefully selected thesis committee, and the doctoral programme, and completion of the curriculum is expected to coincide with a thesis defense in four years net time. Doctoral candidates in the programme are trained in research groups at the Meilahti and Viikki campuses, and the programme fosters inter-campus research networking.
Target group: All applicants working in the broad field of oral sciences research. We welcome applications from talented clinicians interested in careers as clinical academics or clinician scientists as well as basic researchers working in the field of oral sciences.
Duration: FINDOS is offering one 1-4-year position 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: The applicant 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 or Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, 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 positions 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 has potential to develop into an independent researcher.
- Contain a scientifically significant and feasible thesis project which thematically fits in the scope of the doctoral programme.
- Propose a research group that can provide adequate scientific training and supervision.
- Demonstrate that the research project can be completed within the intended timeframe.
- The successful applicant will have good problem solving, troubleshooting, and analytical skills. In addition, the applicant should be fluent in English, have good interpersonal and written and oral communication skills, and be able to work independently as well as within an international team.
Application: 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) must be completed by the primary supervisor in Aava by 1 October, 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.
Applications received in time and fulfilling the general application requirements are evaluated by an evaluation panel with representatives from all FINDOS universities as well as the Apollonia Finnish Dental Society. The evaluation of the applications will be based on the following criteria:
- Scientific quality and ambition of the research plan
- Motivation and CV of the applicant
- Viability of the thesis project
- Innovative and cutting-edge methodology
- Research environment (including available resources)
Applicants may be invited for an interview by the evaluation panel on 7-8 November, 2018. Please note that, due to the tight evaluation schedule, invitations for interviews 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. The Board of the Doctoral Programme will make a proposal on the selections. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail.
Doctoral Programme in Oral Sciences, FINDOS
Doctoral School in Health Sciences, DSHealth
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