UH funded salaried doctoral candidate positions

University of Helsinki allocates funding to its 32 doctoral programmes for salaried doctoral candidate positions. The doctoral candidates selected for the positions shall be hired on a full-time employment contract for the duration of 1–4 years, with the aim that the doctoral degree shall be completed within the duration of the employment.

The doctoral programmes at the University of Helsinki invite applications for salaried doctoral candidate positions for a 1-4 year period starting from 1 January 2019.   

The application round is open during 14-27 September 2018. 

To apply, please read carefully the instructions and apply through the link to the electronic application form below.

Before starting to fill in the application form, familiarise yourself also with the terms specified by your intended doctoral programme

The salaried positions are primarily intended for doctoral candidates at the beginning of their doctoral studies to work full-time on their dissertation research and post-graduate studies. The aim is to complete a PhD degree in four years. The actual duration of the employment contract depends on the phase of the appointee’s thesis. As a rule, the positions are filled from 1 January 2019. The exact start and end dates will be specified in the employment contract.

The doctoral candidates selected for the positions are employed by and carry out their research in the University’s academic units. The unit of employment may be a Faculty, a department within a Faculty, or an Independent Institute and is usually the academic unit of the primary supervisor.

The duties of a doctoral candidate are to work on their doctoral thesis and to complete the doctoral studies determined by the doctoral programme’s curriculum. The duties may also include teaching and other tasks for up to 5 % of the annual working time.

The salary for the doctoral candidate position is based on level 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. For doctoral candidates at the beginning of their dissertation work, the beginning salary is usually based on level 2. In addition, the doctoral candidate will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. Altogether, depending on the phase of the dissertation research and the doctoral candidate’s qualifications and experience, the salary (in 2018) is EUR 2085–3205 per month. The appointment starts with a probationary period of maximum 6 months.

You can apply for a salaried doctoral candidate position on a fixed-term employment contract if

  1. you have an active right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki and have not yet been employed as a doctoral candidate for a full 4-year period, or
  2. you have not yet been granted the right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki but you match the research profile of one of the doctoral programmes and meet the eligibility criteria for the right to study for a doctoral degree.

Please note that the right to study for a doctoral degree is a precondition for beginning employment in a salaried doctoral candidate position. Therefore, should you not already have it, you need to apply for the right to study for a doctoral degree in addition to applying for the salaried position. You can submit both applications simultaneously on the same form, but for the study right there are additional requirements that you need take into account. For more information, read carefully the instructions for applying the right to study for a doctoral degree.

All applications for doctoral candidate positions must be submitted using an online electronic form and including in the application the required attachments. 

In the form, you are expected to fill in the following information:

  • your personal information,
  • educational information on your previous studies,
  • your language skills and the language of your dissertation,
  • research plan (see instructions),
  • supervision arrangements,
  • previously acquired knowledge supporting the dissertation project, as well as
  • your study plan (for degree requirements and current courses, see University of Helsinki Doctoral Schools in the WebOodi course catalogue service)

In addition to filling in the required fields, you need to scan and attach to the electronic application (in pdf-format)

  • your original Master’s degree diploma or its officially certified copy,
  • the original transcript of records for your Master’s degree or its officially certified copy, and
  • official translations of the above documents, if the original documents are not in Finnish, Swedish, or English.

It is important to note that if you do not yet have a right to study for a doctoral degree you are also required to

  • deliver the above documents in paper (see instructions on the educational documents), and
  • verify your language skills in Finnish, Swedish, or English.

You can find out more about delivering the documents and verifying your language skills in the instructions for applying for the doctoral study right.

If your Master's degree (or equivalent) is not completed by the end of the application period, please check the instructions specific to your intended doctoral programme.

Apply for the position by filling in the electronic application form. The application period opens on 14 September 2018 at 9:00 a.m. EEST and closes on 27 September 2018 at 3.00 p.m. EEST.

Before starting to fill in your application, read carefully the programme specific instructions.

You can open and fill in the application form in Finnish, Swedish, or English. Please note, however, that in some doctoral programmes the research plan must be written in English. 

If you can't find an answer within these or the doctoral programme specific instructions, you can send your question to phd-admissions(at)helsinki.fi. 

Applications are reviewed by the board of the doctoral programme. Applications may also be sent for evaluation to national and/or international reviewers. The best applicants may be invited for an interview.

The applications are evaluated based on the quality of the research plan, available supervision arrangements, and the ability and motivation, as demonstrated through previous studies, academic performance, or other previously acquired knowledge and experience, to pursue the doctoral degree according to the research plan and the accompanying study plan. The research plan must fit the research profile of the doctoral programme.

The board of the doctoral programme makes a proposal on the candidates selected for funding. The board’s proposal is contingent upon the applicant’s ability to obtain the required eligibility for the right to study for a doctoral degree.

The names of the applicants who have been selected for the doctoral candidate positions will be published on the doctoral programme’s website by December 5, 2018. All applicants will be personally informed on the decisions.

Based on the proposal by the board of the doctoral programme, the decision on the fixed-term contract is made by the Dean of the Faculty or the director of the independent institute where the doctoral candidate is intended to carry out his or her research. The employment contract can be made once the eligibility for the right to study has been secured. At the start of the employment contract, the doctoral candidate must be living in Finland.

Before starting your application, be sure to familiarise yourself with the instructions specific to the doctoral programme you are applying for.

For now, you can find the programme specific instructions on the doctoral programmes home pages

Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences

Doctoral School in Health Sciences

Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences

Doctoral School in Natural Sciences