The Doctoral Programme in Population Health (DocPop) within the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth) has doctoral candidates from three different faculties: Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The host faculty is the Faculty of Medicine.
DocPop is multidisciplinary and includes a variety of scientific and methodological approaches. The research focuses on the causes and consequences of population health and wellbeing. The research within the Programme aims at health promotion and disease prevention at the population level.
The Programme combines a broad scope of relevant fields of health and medical sciences including public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, population genetics and genetic epidemiology, occupational health, general practice and primary health care, health services research, forensic medicine, public health nutrition, substance use disorders, geriatrics, sociology, social psychology and social pharmacy.
The doctoral candidates enrolled in DocPop participate in a training environment encompassing basic and advanced courses in population health and related fields, as well as an extensive transferrable skills curriculum provided by the Doctoral School in Health Sciences. The goal is to complete the doctoral degree requirements of a University of Helsinki faculty within a four-year period and graduate as a well-trained and well-positioned expert. Progress of a doctoral candidate is monitored by the supervisor, a carefully selected thesis committee, and the doctoral programme.
Target group: All applicants working in the field of health and medical sciences and within the scope of the doctoral programme. DocPop also welcomes applications from talented clinicians interested in careers as clinical academics or clinician scientists as well as basic researchers working in the field relevant to population health.
Duration: DocPop is offering five 1-4-year positions, starting in January 2019 and depending on the stage of the doctoral candidate. The positions are for the indicated number of 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: The applicant should have completed a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field.
Selected applicants should have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy or Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, 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 training position the applicant is required to find an appropriate research group and supervisor. The applicant is expected to contact prospective supervisors independently and agree on the details of the thesis project before applying for the UH-funded doctoral candidate position.
In order to be eligible for evaluation the AAVA application form, the Confirmation of Supervision*, and a Letter of Commitment** must be completed in English and submitted in good time and prior to the deadlines. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
*NB1. The Confirmation of Supervision 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 Doctoral School in Health Sciences.
Selection Criteria (2018)
Applications received in time and fulfilling the general application requirements are evaluated by an external evaluation panel. The evaluation of the applications is based on the following criteria:
- Quality of the research plan (including feasibility of the plan) and its relevance to population health and wellbeing
- Existing or potential academic merits (e.g. publications, awards, conference presentations) and quality of the research environment (supervision)
- Ability and motivation as demonstrated in previous degree studies or otherwise
Based on the evaluation, applicants may be invited for an interview with the Board. In this interview applicants will give a short oral presentation on their research proposal and answer questions. 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)
An 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 positions. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail.
Applications to the Doctoral Programme DocPop 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.
One-year position funded by the Helsinki University Future Fund
Applications to the Doctoral Programme in Population Health can additionally be addressed to a position funded by the income of the Helsinki University Future Fund allocated to the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry on the following two thematic subjects:
* Human and animal nutrition, one 1-year position
NB! The applicant must have a right to pursue a doctoral degree in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. Should you wish to have your application assessed under this thematic subject*, you can indicate this in the application form by filling in the subject in question for the field “Specification or additional information on the field of research” (under Research Plan). Your application will then be evaluated in the usual manner by the board of the doctoral programme but also taken into account in the evaluation of applications for the positions funded by the University of Helsinki Future Fund.
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