Call for UH-funded Doctoral Candidate positions 2018-2021 - The Call is closed
The Doctoral Programme in Population Health (DocPop) board has decided (in its meeting 9.11.2017) to propose the following applicants to be selected for the UH-funded doctoral candidate positions (in alphabetical order) - please follow the link.
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Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki (UH) is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In the University of Helsinki doctoral training is organized into four doctoral schools and 32 doctoral programmes that cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University. 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 Population Health is seeking outstanding applicants for doctoral candidate positions starting in 2018
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 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 research within the Programme aims at health promotion and disease prevention at the population level.
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.
Doctoral Programme in Population Health invites applications for UH-funded doctoral candidate positions starting in 2018
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: 1-4 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, by the end of 2017 (nb! application period September 1-14, 2017). The doctoral candidate position cannot initiate prior to obtaining the second cycle degree and the right to pursue a doctoral degree. Knowledge of English is mandatory.
Employment: The employment contract will be arranged with the University of Helsinki. In addition to the doctoral thesis work, the position can include teaching and other duties (max. 5 %). The salary for the UH-funded doctoral candidate positions is on levels 2-4 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointees will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The total 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.
Application and selection process
Please read carefully the DocPop-specific admission requirements as stated above and make sure that all the formal admission criteria for DocPop are met.
Application (September 2017)
The call is open September 1-14, 2017 at 23:59 EEST.
Candidates are invited to apply online. The links are available September 1-14, 2017.
All applications must be submitted online. A complete application includes:
The application eRekry form completed by the applicant and submitted by September 14, 2017 at 23.59 (EEST). TO APPLY: eRekry links & instructions for filling in the eRekry form.
* Attachment 1: All applicants are to attach in the application a single pdf-file which includes:
- the research plan
- the funding plan
- the schedule for completing the degree
- references (max. 10)
The maximum length of the attachment 1 is three (3) pages (Arial 11, margins 2, line spacing 1). Applications with attachments exceeding the maximum length will be discarded.
* Attachment 2: Applicants who do not yet have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at UH are to attach in the application:
- degree certificate (Master's Degree or equivalent)
- transcript of records (Master's Degree or equivalent)
- verification of language skills
Please note: Attachment 2 does not apply to applicants who have been accepted to complete a Licenciate of Medicine or Licenciate of Dentistry degree in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki.
Confirmation of Supervision e-form completed by the primary supervisor and submitted by September 18, 2017 at 23:59 (EEST).
In order to be eligible for evaluation, both the eRekry application form and the Confirmation of Supervision form must be completed and submitted in good time and prior to the deadlines. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Applicants are expected to contact prospective supervisors independently and agree on the details of the thesis project before applying.
Note! Doctoral candidates enrolled in specialist training are expected to provide a 'Letter of Commitment' indicating how the doctoral training period will be integrated with clinical work. The signed 'Letter of Commitment' must be submitted by e-mail to docpop-office[at]helsinki.fi by September 14, 2017 at 23:59 (EEST).
Selection Process (October 2017)
Applications received in time and fulfilling the general application requirements are evaluated according to the following criteria:
Quality of the research plan (including feasibility of the plan) and its relevance to population health and wellbeing (the scope of the doctoral programme; e.g. the disciplines and/or fields of research represented in the programme);
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
Decisions (expected by the end of November 2017)
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 admissions. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail and the decision will be published on the Doctoral Programme in Population Health webpage.
For further information about:
Doctoral Programme in Population Health, please visit
Doctoral programme in Population Health, DocPop or contact dshealth-services[at]helsinki.fi
Doctoral School in Healt Sciences, DSHealth or contact dshealth-office[at]helsinki.fi
University of Helsinki Doctoral Schools
University of Helsinki International Staff Services