UH funded positions

Next call for UH funded positions in ILS will be open 1-14.9.2017. Follow this page for more information.

Call for UH-funded positions 2018-2021

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 Integrative Life Science (ILS) doctoral programme is an international doctoral program providing structured training in life sciences areas requiring multidisciplinary skills and capability to engage in multiprofessional cooperation. The Life Science areas that are strong in Finland include genetics, cell and developmental biology, cancer research, neuroscience and virology. These areas share a strong component of multidisciplinary approaches bridging research in basic biosciences, computational sciences and medicine. The research groups affiliated in ILS represent the highest quality life science research in Helsinki. Their research interests cover nearly all aspects of modern life sciences ranging from molecular medicine and developmental biology to biophysics and systems biology.
The thematic research areas represented in ILS include:

  • Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Developmental Biology and Physiology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology

The Integrative Life Science (ILS) doctoral programme invites applications for DOCTORAL CANDIDATE POSITIONS

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.
  • have an agreement on a research project with an intended thesis supervisor.  
  • obtain a right to pursue a doctoral degree in one of the faculties associated with ILS before the end of the year 2018. See deadlines and instructions here.

An ideal ILS doctoral candidate application should

  • demonstrate that the applicant has a Master's degree or equivalent and a background in a relevant life sciences 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 in ILS


  • The 4-year positions are available for doctoral candidates in their early phases of doctoral training who either don’t have the right to pursue a doctoral degree or have obtained the right during the year 2017. The date of obtaining the right to pursue a doctoral degree will be used as the starting date of the doctoral project unless an earlier starting date is indicated.
  • The positions with shorter period (1, 2, or 3 years) are available for applicants who have started their doctoral project in 2016 or earlier. Also new doctoral candidates who estimate to complete their degree in shorter time than 4 years may apply for shorter periods. 
  • The employment of a doctoral candidate for a fixed period shall not be terminated in the middle of the employment period when he or she completes the doctoral degree. The employment contract shall be continued until the end of the agreed term with the doctoral student assuming the title of post-doctoral researcher.

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). 

All applications must be submitted online. Instructions for the electronic application system: 

A complete application includes

  1. The application form
    completed by the applicant and submitted by September 14, 2017 at 23.59 (UTC +3)
  1. Attachment: All applicants are to attach in the application a single pdf-file including CV and the Research Plan. The maximum length of the attachment is three (3) pages (Arial 11, margins 2, line spacing 1). Anything exceeding 3 pages will be ignored in the evaluation.

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

Both the application form and the Confirmation of Supervision e-form must be completed and submitted by the deadline for the application to be valid. No applications or supervisor's forms submitted after the deadline will be accepted. 

SELECTION PROCESS (October-November 2017) 

1. Evaluation of applications
An external evaluation panel nominated by the ILS board will evaluate the applications. Some applicants may be interviewed during October - November.
Criteria for evaluation of applications for the university-funded doctoral candidate positions:

  • Motivation and potential of the applicant to develop into an independent researcher
  • Scientific significance, potential and feasibility of proposed research project
  • Quality of research environment and supervision

2. Interviews (November 2017)
Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview by the evaluation panel. The tentative dates for ILS interviews are November 20-21, 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)
Based on the evaluation, the ILS Board will make a proposal for doctoral candidate selection. All applicants will be informed of the selection result by e-mail. The list of applicants selected for a university-funded doctoral training position in ILS will be published also at ILS web pages at www.helsinki.fi/ils

For further information on the doctoral student positions, please contact Dr. Erkki Raulo, tel. + 358 50 5964665, e-mail: erkki.raulo(at)helsinki.fi

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