Salaried doctoral candidate positions

Employed, grant-funded or self-funded? At the University of Helsinki, a doctoral degree may be completed through either full- or part-time study. Doctoral students may receive funding from the University of Helsinki or one of its departments, institutes or faculties, a research project, foundation, association or some other external funder. They may also fund their own studies or pursue their degree in tandem with work. About a third of all doctoral students are in an employment relationship with the University and are thus members of University staff.

Doctoral Programme in Law

Preference will be given to candidates who are at the beginning, or are about to begin, their doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki. The appointee must have or obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment. As a rule, the positions are filled from 1 January onwards. The exact start and end dates will be specified in the employment contract.


Doctoral students in the Doctoral Programme in Law can carry out research in any field in law. The extensive approach of the doctoral programme encourages to broaden the scope in research, theoretical reasoning and interdisciplinary research.

The duties of a doctoral student are to work on his or her own doctoral dissertation and to complete his or her postgraduate studies. In addition to conducting research leading to the doctoral dissertation, the doctoral student will participate in teaching duties and other duties at the Faculty.

The applicant must hold a second-cycle degree (MA or equivalent) in a relevant field. Other requirements include the ability and motivation, as demonstrated in previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. The appointee must have a high-quality research proposal, which is suitable to the profile of the doctoral programme, and shows the links between the planned dissertation research and other research at the Faculty.

Please note, that supervisor’s statement about the applicant is not needed if you are applying for a salaried position only. However, this is mistakenly asked for in the application form. Please, submit an empty page.

The University of Helsinki demands an indication of academic level language skills in either Finnish, Swedish or English of all applicants.

In the autumn 2018 round of applications, the four-year salaried position was granted to following doctoral candidates:

Jenni Hakkarainen
Tone Knapstad
Parvathi Menon
Mari Pihalehto
Ville Saarinen