University of Helsinki Announces Funded Doctoral Researcher Positions: Apply from 29 August to 14 September 2023

The University of Helsinki doctoral programs invite applications for the positions of doctoral researchers starting from 1 January 2024 for a 1–4 year period. The university’s doctoral researchers, supervised by top-class researchers, carry out their research as part of an international academic community.

The application period for salaried positions is 29.8.-14.9.2023. The link to the application is available in the call for applications (available when the call is open).

Position Description:

The duties of a doctoral researcher are to work on their doctoral thesis and to complete the doctoral studies determined by the curriculum of each doctoral program. The duties may also include teaching and other tasks for up to 5 % of the annual working time. The duration of the employment contract depends on the phase of the appointee´s thesis and starts with a trial period of six months.

The University of Helsinki offers:

• The chance to work in an international, multidisciplinary research community

• Excellent research infrastructure and support services

• Occupational health service and other personnel benefits

• A competitive salary

The salary for doctoral researchers at the beginning of their dissertation work is usually 2300-2650€ per month. As work on the dissertation progresses, the demands level of the salary rises. Salaries for doctoral researcher positions are 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 doctoral researcher will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance.

The University of Helsinki Doctoral School has 33 doctoral programs. The University awards some 500 doctoral degrees annually.


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 programs.

Shares of the positions are earmarked in particular for Multidisciplinary research on One Health including a global dimension in all fields of science.

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The appointee must obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki during the probationary period. It is possible to start the employment relationship only after the degree (higher university degree or equivalent), which makes you eligible for doctoral studies, has been completed and obtained.

Doctoral Researchers selected for the positions are employed by the University of Helsinki and are expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki. Each employment is placed in a suitable Faculty, a unit within a Faculty, or an Independent Institute.

The research work or part of it may be carried out outside the University of Helsinki, for example in a state research institute, company, or other organization in Finland, but the employment and academic supervision are based in the University of Helsinki. Temporary research-based visits abroad are possible.

Interested in the position?

The application deadline is 14.9.2023. Applicants will be informed of decisions in December 2023. Acquaint yourself with the application instructions from this link: University-funded doctoral researcher positions and the doctoral program-specific instructions of your program.

The University of Helsinki is committed to promoting equality and preventing discrimination in all its operations. We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

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University of Helsinki Announces Funded Doctoral Researcher Positions: Apply from 29 August to 14 September 2023

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