University of Turku Employs Doctoral Researchers – The Call for Applications


The call for applications for the UniTurku Graduate School opens tomorrow! We are hiring nearly 50 doctoral researchers who will be working as part of a multidisciplinary research university!

There are nearly fifty open vacancies for fixed-term doctoral researcher positions at the University of Turku from 1 January 2023 onwards. The call for applications is open 29 August – 16 September 2022. All current doctoral researchers as well as those who are also applying for the study right for doctoral training can apply for the funded positions.

Doctoral training at the University of Turku is coordinated by the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS). It consists of 16 doctoral programmes covering all the disciplines of the University’s eight faculties. The latest addition to the selection is health economics, which was introduced as a new major subject in early 2022. Doctoral training in health economics is organised jointly by the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Clinical Medicine and Department of Economics at the Turku School of Economics.

Annually, the University of Turku Graduate School funds approximately 190 doctoral researchers. A quarter of these positions are open in the autumn application period. In addition, 200 doctoral researchers work at the University with funding from various projects.

- The results of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) published earlier this week demonstrated that the external panel was generally happy with the Graduate School’s activities. However, the panel recommended more funding for doctoral researchers, says Director of the Graduate School Pirjo Nuutila and continues: - The panel also made suggestions on how we could apply for external funding for doctoral research on themes such as green transition. We will work on this together with the doctoral programmes during this autumn.  

In addition to multidisciplinary research, the key values of the University of Turku Graduate School include internationality and high-quality guidance and teaching. Many doctoral researchers aim for a research career in an academic environment, but doctoral training is increasingly needed and valued in other fields and sectors as well. A doctoral degree is meant to give excellent skills for various demanding expert positions. For this reason, the Graduate School has in recent years added studies supporting the development of expertise as well as development discussions and career guidance in its training. Furthermore, initiatives such as Uniting Companies and International University Talents (UNICOM) have developed tools and models to support wider employment opportunities especially for international talents.

- I hope we receive many high-quality applications in this autumn’s application round, concludes Pirjo Nuutila