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 Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind (B&M) is one of the doctoral programmes of the Doctoral School in Health Sciences. B&M provides multidisciplinary education in the following fields of neuroscience:

  • Developmental neuroscience
  • Excitability, synaptic transmission, and neuronal networks
  • Disorders of the nervous system
  • Sensory and motor systems
  • Neuroimmunology, neuroendocrine systems and sleep
  • Cognition and behavior
  • Systems and computational neuroscience

In addition to the scientific content courses provided by the B&M, an extensive curriculum in general competence studies is provided by the Doctoral School in Health Sciences. The goal is to complete the doctoral degree requirements of the University of Helsinki within four years. Progress of the doctoral candidate is monitored by the supervisor, a carefully selected thesis committee, and the doctoral programme. 

The Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind (B&M) invites applications for 

for a 1-4 year period starting from 1 January 2018. The duration of the employment contract depends on the phase of the appointee´s thesis.

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 appointee must obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment. Other requirements include the ability and motivation, as demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue the doctoral degree according to the research proposal and the accompanying study plan. 

An ideal B&M doctoral candidate application should
- demonstrate that the applicant has a Master's degree or equivalent and a background in biology, medicine, psychology, physics, technology or another relevant field 
- demonstrate that the applicant is highly motivated and has potential to develop into an independent researcher
- contain a scientifically significant and feasible research proposal, which thematically fits in the scope of the scientific fields represented by B&M

The salary for the doctoral candidate position 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. Depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience, the salary is EUR 2065–3022 per month. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four months.

Apply for the position in the University’s recruitment system by clicking the APPLY LINK below.

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). 

The deadline for applications is 14 September 2017.

The decisions will be announced on the doctoral programme’s web page by the beginning of December 2017.


All applications must be submitted online. A complete application includes:

1) The application form completed by the applicant and submitted by September 14, 2017 at 15:00 (UTC +3) 

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the APPLY LINK at the recruitment call page or directly through this APPLY LINK. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to send their application via the SAP HR portal. Instructions for the electronic application system:
The research plan to be included in the application must be written in English (even if the application is otherwise made in Finnish or Swedish) and the maximum length is 12.000 characters with spaces, including references. Maximum length of the summary is 2.500 characters with spaces.

2) Confirmation of Supervision e-form completed by the primary supervisor and submitted by September 18, 2017 at 23:59 (UTC +3).

Both forms must be completed and submitted for the application to be valid. No applications or supervisor's forms submitted after the deadline will be accepted.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by September 14, 2017 at 23:59 (UTC +3).

SELECTION PROCESS (October-November 2017)

1. Evaluation of applications
Applications received in time and fulfilling the general application requirements are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Ability and motivation as demonstrated in previous degree studies or otherwise
  • Existing or potential academic merits (e.g. publications, awards, conference presentations) and the quality of the research environment (supervision)
  • Quality of the research plan (including feasibility of the plan) and its relevance to the B&M fields of science.

2. Interviews (November 2017)
Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview by the evaluation panel. The tentative dates for B&M interviews are November 6-7, 2017. The invitations for interviews will be sent to short-listed applicants one week before the interviews at the latest.

3. Decisions (expected by the beginning of December 2017)
Following the interviews, the evaluation panel will make a proposal to the B&M Board regarding selection of candidates for the funded positions. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail and the decision be published at the B&M doctoral program webpage


For further information on the doctoral candidate positions, please contact 

Katri Wegelius: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (or +358 50 4480405).

Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi(at)