CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

THE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR UH-FUNDED POSITIONS IS CLOSED. NEXT CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR UH-FUNDED POSITIONS WILL BE IN FALL 2017.

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS AND HOW TO APPLY AS A DOCTORAL CANDIDATE IN THE DOCTORAL PROGRAM BRAIN & MIND PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS AT THE HOW TO APPLY PAGE.

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The University of Helsinki – Among the best in the world

Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 9 other locations. The high-quality research carried out by the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields, and for utilisation in social decision-making and the business sector.

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.

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: cellular, molecular and developmental neuroscience, electrophysiology of cells and neuronal networks, neurobiophysics, neuropharmacology, systems neuroscience, cognitive and social neuroscience, human brain imaging, neuropsychology, computational neuroscience, complex networks, neuropathology, and brain diseases.

The UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI Doctoral Programme BRAIN & MinD (B&M) is seeking outstanding applicants for FUNDED Doctoral Candidate Positions starting in 2017.

B&M invites applications for doctoral candidate positions for a 1–4 year* period starting from 1.1.2017. The duration of the employment contract depends on the stage of the appointee´s doctoral thesis project.
(*Exception: Doctoral candidates pursuing a specialist degree in medicine 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 clinical specialist training for the remaining 6 months of the same calendar year.) 

The duties of a doctoral candidate are to work on his or her own doctoral thesis and to complete formal doctoral training required for the degree. The duties can also include teaching and other tasks. Teaching tasks can account 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. A successful applicant for the doctoral candidate position must hold a second-cycle degree (e.g. master’s degree or equivalent) and have a research proposal approved by the doctoral programme. Other requirements include the ability and motivation, as demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal.

The University of Helsinki offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience. The salary 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. The 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.

Applications are invited online during September 1-30, 2016. More information about the application and selection process below.

For further information about:

  • Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind (B&M), please visit www.brain-mind.fi or contact B&M coordinator Katri Wegelius ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). 
  • DSHealth, please visit http://www.helsinki.fi/health/ or contact Eeva Sievi, Coordinator (eeva.sievi [at] helsinki.fi).
  • University of Helsinki Doctoral Schools, please visit https://university.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/doctoral-schools-and-programmes
  • University of Helsinki International Staff Services, please visit www.helsinki.fi/intstaff/. 

 

DOCTORAL PROGRAMME BRAIN & MIND (B&M):
application and selection procedure  

Eligibility
The doctoral candidate positions are open for applicants with a Master's degree or equivalent and a background in biology, medicine, psychology, physics, technology or another relevant field.

Please note that doctoral candidates must be admitted to one of the University of Helsinki Faculties by the end of 2016 before an employment contract as a doctoral candidate can start. For this, please check the eligibility criteria, degree requirements and the deadlines for submitting an application from the selected Faculty web site (links below). This is a separate application procedure from the funded doctoral candidate positions.

Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Behavioral Sciences
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Faculty of Pharmacy
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Science

An ideal B&M doctoral candidate application should:
- 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
- Propose to join a research group which:
                 - Is affiliated to the University of Helsinki (a list of currently affiliated research groups)
                 - Represents the scientific fields of B&M
                 - Can provide adequate supervision and scientific training of the students
                 - Can provide adequate financial support for the thesis project
                 - Actively participates in developing the curriculum and activities of B&M.

Application and selection process
Please read carefully the B&M-specific admission requirements (above) and make sure that all the formal criteria for B&M admission are met.

1. Application
The online application includes:

1) Application form filled by the applicant (the form opens on September 1, 2016 and closes on September 30, 2016 at 16.00 EEST), and 

2) Confirmation of Supervision form filled by the supervisor (the form opens on September 1, 2016 and closes on October 2, 2016 at 16.00 EEST).

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 clinical 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 katri.wegelius(at)helsinki.fi by September 30, 2016.

2. Interviews on November 8th.
An evaluation panel will score all applications. Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview by the evaluation panel. The date for B&M interviews is November 8, 2016. The invitations for interviews will be sent to short-listed applicants by October 28th.

3. Decisions 
Following the interviews, the evaluation panel will make a proposal to the B&M Board regarding selection of candidates for the UH-funded positions. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail. The list of students accepted in the B&M doctoral program will also be published on B&M's www page www.brain-mind.fi. Decisions are expected by the end of November 2016.