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 in Plant Sciences is one of the programmes in the Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences (YEB). The director of the doctoral programme is Jaakko Kangasjärvi from the Faculty of Biological & Environmental Sciences. The doctoral programme aims to train scientific researchers in the following themes: molecular plant biology; genetics, genomics and breeding; physiology and biochemistry; developmental biology; pathology and biotechnology; plant production; ecophysiology; systematics and bioenergy. Doctoral training includes a varied international teaching program, participation in courses and meetings within and outside Finland and networking opportunities.

The Doctoral Programme in Plant Sciences (DPPS) 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.

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.

For further information regarding application and evaluation criteria, please see the DPPS webpages:

Applications in English must be completed using the online application form. Apply for the position in the University’s recruitment system by clicking the APPLY LINK below. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal.

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.

Interviews for selected applicants will be held between 1-9th November 2017 on the Viikki campus. Interview invitations will be sent via email between 23-27th October. The decisions will be announced on the doctoral programme’s web page by the beginning of December 2017.

For further information on the doctoral student positions, please contact Karen Sims-Huopaniemi (dpps-office(at), +358 29 41 59105). Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi(at)

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