There are a few salaried doctoral student positions funded by the university of Helsinki available every year. The next round of applications will be in September 2017.
The University of Helsinki – Among the best in the world
The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University has four doctoral schools, which offer a total of 32 doctoral programmes. Our doctoral candidates, supervised by top-class researchers, carry out their research as part of an international academic community. The University awards some 500 doctoral degrees annually.
The University of Helsinki Doctoral Programme in the Social Sciences invites applications for seven (7) funded doctoral candidate positions for a 4 year period starting from 1.1.2018. Successful candidates are expected to work full time and to complete their doctorates by the end of this four year period. This funding is primarily intended for new doctoral candidates who have just begun, or are about to begin, their doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki. Candidates who have held a right to study towards a PhD at Helsinki for more than one year may also apply; however, it must be demonstrated that there is at least two years remaining before completion of the applicant’s PhD studies. Preference will be given to candidates who are at the beginning of their studies, as the primary purpose of these four-year positions is for doctoral research.
The University of Helsinki Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences invites applications for seven doctoral candidate positions, lasting for a 4-year period, starting from 1.1.2018. Applicants should have a Master’s degree or equivalent in a field that is relevant to the research topic. Applicants should either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki or be applying it in the September 2017 round of applications.
Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences
The Doctoral Programme in the Social Sciences covers the following disciplines: social psychology, social work, social and cultural anthropology, sociology, social statistics, media and communication studies and social and public policy. The Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences is the largest doctoral programme in Finland.
Thematic teaching is provided both at the disciplinary level and in multi-disciplinary research areas, each of which is based on established research networks. Candidates should study these areas before writing their applications. These are organized around theoretically and substantially relevant research areas and are currently organized as follows (contact persons in parentheses):
- Action, Interaction and Social Relationships (Prof. Ilkka Arminen and University lecturer Kari Vesala)
- Comparative Study of Social Change (University lecturer Sirpa Wrede and prof. Anu Kantola)
- Cultural and Social Diversities and Intergroup Relations (Prof. Inga Jasinskaja-Lahti)
- Knowledge, Technology and Environment (Profs. Janne Hukkinen and Petri Ylikoski)
- Media and Global Communication (University lecturer Mats Bergman)
- Population, Health and Living Conditions (Prof. Pekka Martikainen)
- Social and Cultural Anthropology (Prof. Sarah Green)
- Social Psychology (Prof. Anna-Maija Pirttilä-Backman)
- Social Work and Welfare Policies (Profs. Ilse Julkunen and Marjaana Seppänen)
- Statistical Modeling (Profs. Krista Lagus and Mikko Myrskylä)
- Urban Studies/Urban Academy (Profs. Anne Haila and Matti Kortteinen)
- Social Policy (Profs. Anne Kouvonen and Heikki Hiilamo)
Position and salary information
The duties of a doctoral candidate are to work on his or her own doctoral thesis and to complete his or her postgraduate studies. The duties can include also teaching and other tasks. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5 % of the annual working time.
The University of Helsinki offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience. The salary is based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary is EUR 2065-3022 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four months.
Apply for the position at the University’s Open positions -pages.
Before starting to fill in the application form, familiarize yourself with these general instructions for applying for UH-funded salaried positions (including also instructions for attachments concerning degree certificates).
Applicants who are employed by the University of Helsinki fulfill their applications using the university´s SAP HR portal.
Fill in the application, and include all the required attachments. Mark your “field of research” clearly in the application. The “field of research” must be one of the disciplines or multi-disciplinary research areas mentioned in this call. Please remember to provide precise information on your previous and current funding for the proposed research.
Closing date for all applications is 23:59, 14 September 2017. Please check all the information is correct before submitting the form.
The appointee must obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment. The appointee must hold a second-cycle degree (e.g. master’s degree or equivalent) and have a high quality research proposal, which shows the links between the planned dissertation research and the research expertise within the doctoral programme.
Other requirements include proven ability and motivation, demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. Fluency in English language is required.
If the applicant does not yet have a right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, s/he needs to apply for a study right following a separate procedure. This is very important: applicants without being granted the right to study towards a PhD at the University of Helsinki cannot be awarded a position in the doctoral program. This is not automatic: applicants are advised to apply for this study right at the same time as the application for funding. Please note that it is important that candidates familiarize themselves with the research and skills of the staff in the field in which they wish to work, and, if possible, secure the agreement of at least one member of staff to act as a potential supervisor.
Please note that you will need to include the following attachments as a single pdf file in the order specified below. This file can be attached in the last step of the application submission procedure.
Please name the pdf file with your last name and the initials of your first name.
- A research plan not exceeding five (5) pages in length
- Curriculum Vitae not exceeding two (2) pages in length
- A list of publications
Applicants who do not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki should attach the following attachments as separate documents:
- A copy of a degree certificate (Master's Degree or equivalent)
- Transcript of records (Master's Degree or equivalent)
- Verification of language skills
All documents are preferred to be submitted in English (Finnish and Swedish are also accepted).
Application via University's e-Rekry (online application form) is open between 1-14 September 2017. The documents must be received by Thursday the 14th of September, 2017 at 23:59 o'clock Finnish time. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered!
Timetable for decision making
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. The decisions will be announced on the doctoral programme’s web page by the beginning of December 2017.
For further information on the doctoral student positions, please contact Kirsi Korpiaho, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 50 4482479
Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi(at)helsinki.fi.