UH fun­ded salary po­s­i­tions for doc­toral can­did­ates

The University of Helsinki annually allocates funding for salaried doctoral candidate positions. These positions are meant for full-time work. The aim is that doctoral candidates employed by the University will complete their degree in four years.

The call for applications, published on the open positions page of the University of Helsinki, includes further details on the employment relationship.

Both current University of Helsinki doctoral candidates and new applicants planning doctoral studies are eligible to apply for these positions. More information about the application process and application assessment procedure is available on the University’s external website.

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As part of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine, FIMM in collaboration with the Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth) and HIIT is seeking outstanding candidates for positions of doc­toral candidates in Molecular Medicine, Molecular Bioscience, Neuroscience, Bioinformatics and Artificial Intelligence starting in August 2021.

Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) is an international research institute focusing on human genomics and personalized medicine at the Helsinki Institute of Life Science of the University of Helsinki. FIMM integrates molecular medicine research and technology centre and biobanking infrastructures under one roof promoting translational research in grand challenge projects, specifically, the impact of genome information from the Finnish population in personalized health and medicine, individualized cancer medicine, and digital molecular medicine. The areas of interest of the 22 research groups cover cancer, cardiovascular disease, immune disorders, and neurological and psychiatric diseases. A particular focus is to enhance the understanding of sex-based differences in health outcomes, with emphasis on understudied or sex-biased phenotypes and disorders.  

The Doctoral School in Health Sciences (DSHealth) is multidisciplinary by nature and consists of eight internationally and nationally networked doctoral programmes that approach life sciences from clinical, molecular and behavioral perspectives. The doctoral school aims to provide systematic, efficient and high-quality doctoral training to prepare doctoral candidates for both professional careers in research and other positions of high expertise.

In the areas of bioinformatics and computational biomedicine, FIMM collaborates with Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, a multi-disciplinary research institute focused on basic and applied research on information technology. Modern molecular medicine requires state-of-the-art methodologies in machine learning and artificial intelligence, data analysis, visualization and modelling of large data sets; HIIT research groups and programmes provide world-class research excellence in these areas.

We currently have at least four openings for doctoral students who show outstanding potential to become independent researchers and who will significantly benefit from the FIMM-EMBL/DSHealth/HIIT International PhD rotational training. Specifically, these positions are in the fields of molecular medicine, molecular bioscience, drug research, neuroscience, bioinformatics, computational biomedicine, data science and artificial intelligence.

Detailed information about the research areas in this call can be found at the following websites and in the application form:

FIMM: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/hilife-fimm/research
DSHealth: https://www.helsinki.fi/health
HIIT: www.hiit.fi

Supervisors and research groups in this call are listed in the application form.

Qualifications and experience

Candidates are expected to have a second cycle academic degree (MSc, MD or equivalent) in biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biotechnology, cell biology, computer science, genetics, mathematics, medicine, or other related fields, obtained before the start of the position (August 2021). The successful candidate will have good problem solving, troubleshooting, and analytical skills. In addition, the candidate should be fluent in English, have good interpersonal and written and oral communication skills, and be able to work independently as well as in an international team.

Application and selection process

Application and selection process: The call opens January 7, 2021. Candidates are invited to apply online at no later than February 4, 2021 at 23:59 Eastern European Time.

To apply, applicants should submit in the online system the following forms in English:

Application form: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/107742/lomake.html submitted no later than February 4, 2021 at 23:59 Eastern European Time.

Referees letters of recommendation (2), submitted no later than February 11, 2021 at 23:59 Eastern European Time. Applicants are asked to fill in the contact information of two referees in the application form. An automated reference request will be sent by email to both referees when the applicant submits the application form.

Please note that candidates are expected to carefully follow the application instructions above.  Applications submitted after the deadline, failing to meet the requirements above, or sent directly to group leaders will not be considered.

Application review will begin after the call is closed. Top candidates will be jointly selected by FIMM, DSHealth and HIIT and invited for two rounds of online interviews with a selection committee in mid-March and early April 2021. The final candidates selected for the positions will be offered an initial contract for 18 months, during the first half of which they will engage in training through research group rotations. Upon a successful review and selection of a research group after the rotational period, the initial contract will be extended up to a four-year period.

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