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

The UH-funded salaried positions are announced by the doctoral programmes once a year. This year, the application period is from 1 to 14 September 2017. All applications for doctoral programs are published at the University of Helsinki web page for Open positions. There you can also find announcements for other open positions for doctoral candidates, such as those announced by research groups.

To be able to begin your employment as a doctoral candidate, you will need to obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki. In other words, you can apply for the salaried position before obtaining the right to pursue the degree, but your employment can be only begin after this right has been obtained.  More information on the application process concerning the right to pursue the degree can be found here.

Note. "Log into the Recruitment Service as a University applicant" applies only for those currently employed by the University of Helsinki. Students at the University of Helsinki are considered "non-University applicants", unless they have an employment contract with the University. Should you have trouble registering to the Recruitment Service as a "non-University applicant" by using your e-mail address, please contact You can also register by using a different e-mail address.

Note. The Recruitment Service will be interrupted on Tuesday 12 September, during 2 PM - 4 PM (UTC +3).