Doctoral student positions – University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki – among the best in the world

The University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. 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. 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 17 other locations.

The University will introduce a doctoral education system consisting of four doctoral schools and 32 doctoral programmes at the beginning of 2014. The goal of the reform is to improve the quality and efficiency of the doctoral education.

The University of Helsinki invites applications for


in the Doctoral Programme for Mathematics and Statistics for a 1–4 year period starting from 1.1.2014.

The Doctoral Programme for Mathematics and Statistics offers PhD thesis topics and high-quality supervision in several areas of mathematics. These areas include analysis, inverse problems, mathematical biology, mathematical physics, mathematical logic and statistics. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics employes roughly 170 researchers with a remarkable scientific track record. The department hosts two Centres of Excellence granted by the Academy of Finland and two Academy Professors. Furthermore, the faculty holds two Advanced Grants and two Starting Grants of the European Research Council.

The duties of a doctoral student are to work on his or her own doctoral thesis and to complete his or her postgraduate studies. The duties also include teaching and other tasks.

A doctoral student must hold a second-cycle degree and have an approved research proposal. Other requirements include the ability and motivation, as demonstrated in previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. The appointee must hold the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment.

A successful applicant needs to be able to communicate fluently in Finnish, Swedish or English.

The University of Helsinki offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience. The salary will be 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 will be EUR 2022–2970 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and work experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four months.

The application consists of

·       An informal application letter,

·       Curriculum Vitae,

·       Copy of your MSc degree certificate,

·       Research plan (including the name of the intended supervisor),

·       Names of two people willing to recommend you for the position.

Please fill in the electronic form and upload the attachment files there.

Only applications received at the latest on October 31, 2013, will be considered.

For further information on the doctoral student positions, please contact Professor Samuli Siltanen ( For general information about the new doctoral programmes at University of Helsinki, see


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