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RESULTS OF THE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDED DOCTORAL CANDIDATE POSITIONS 2017-2020

The Dean of the Faculty of Law has decided to fill the positions as follows:
 
UTUGS-paid positions
Mirka Kuisma 1.1.2017 – 31.12.2020
Applicant who did not allow her/his name to be published 1.1.2017 – 31.12.2020
 
Faculty-paid positions
Felix Collin 1.1.2017 – 30.6.2020
Maija Helminen 1.1.2017 – 30.9.2017
Maria Macocinschi 1.1.2017 – 31.12.2019
Annika Rosin 1.1.2017 – 31.12.2017
 
Reserve list:
Johanna Sammalmaa
Gail Maunula
 
Reserve list stands until 31.12.2017.
 
 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF TURKU GRADUATE SCHOOL DOCTORAL PROGRAMME IN LAW

The Doctoral Programme in Law is responsible for doctoral education in law as part of the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS). The programme aims at contributing to research in the thematic collaborations of digital futures, cultural memory and social change as well as sea and maritime studies promoted in the strategy of the University of Turku. All fields of law are represented in the programme. The programme gives qualification for multidisciplinary doctoral dissertation research.

Application period and what can be applied for

From September 1 to September 20, 2017, the Doctoral Programme in Law invites applications for:
a) study right for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Law, University of Turku
 
b) funded fixed-term Doctoral Candidate position

The funded Doctoral Candidate position may begin on 1 January 2018 at the earliest, and the duration of a funded position is a maximum of four years based on the stage of the applicant’s doctoral dissertation and postgraduate studies.

Funded UTUGS Doctoral Candidate positions are primarily intended for full-time doctoral dissertation research and postgraduate studies with the aim of completing a doctoral degree in four years. The duties also involve teaching for no more than 5% (80 h) of the annual working time of the doctoral candidate as well as other supportive and administrative tasks. Other duties than those related to doctoral dissertation research must not compromise the full-time doctoral dissertation research.

The salary is in accordance with the University salary system for teaching and research personnel, levels 2-4, where the position-specific salary component is 1985.85 – 2475.31 euros per month. In addition, there is a component based on personal performance, comprising is at most 46.3 % of the position-specific salary. The task-specific salary component for a new doctoral candidate is typically on level 2. The position includes a trial period of 4 months.
c) both of the above mentioned at the same time (a and b)

Who may apply

The right to pursue a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Law, University of Turku can be applied by individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for pursuing a doctoral degree as stipulated in the Universities Act (558/2009, Section 37) as well as the eligibility criteria for the right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Law. 

Funded Doctoral Candidate positions can be applied by:

a) All doctoral candidates who have the study right for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Law, University of Turku and have not previously received four years of full-time funding for their doctoral studies.

b)  Individuals who have not yet been granted the study right for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Law, University of Turku but match the profile of the doctoral programme and meet the eligibility criteria for the right to pursue a doctoral degree. As the study right for a doctoral degree is a precondition for receiving a funded Doctoral Candidate position, the applicant must apply for both the study right for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Law, University of Turku, as well as a funded Doctoral Candidate position.

Those who already have a doctoral degree from a Finnish university cannot apply for a funded Doctoral Candidate position.

According to Section 39 of the University of Turku Rules of Procedure, a person selected for the position of Doctoral Candidate must have a Master’s degree and an accepted research plan. In addition, the person needs to have proven, when acquiring their degree or otherwise, the ability and motivation for postgraduate studies and the completion of a doctoral degree in accordance with their research plan.

Applying

Funded Doctoral Candidate positions and/or a study right for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Law are applied by filling in an electronic form and attaching the required additional documents in the electronic application system of the University of Turku by the given deadline. The application documents are specified at the end of the call for applications. Applicants will be notified separately on potential interviews.

A person applying for the study right for a doctoral degree must find a supervisor for their thesis before submitting their application. The applicant must contact a potential supervisor directly in order to arrange the supervision. The applicant should acquaint themselves with the research profiles of the teaching staff of the faculty and consider if their research plan fits adequately the research profile of a staff member. The contact information of the staff can be found on the website of the faculty.

A link to the electronic application form will be published on the website of the University http://www.utu.fi/en/research/utugs/applications/Pages/home.aspx. The application form opens on 1 September and closes on 20 September, 2017, at 23:59. Submitting an application in the electronic application system is no longer possible after this.

Assessment of applications

The board of the doctoral programme will assess the applications that meet the eligibility criteria for the study right for a doctoral degree. The top candidates for the salaried Doctoral Candidate positions may be interviewed. The applicants who are interviewed may be requested a separate writing sample. Instructions for the writing sample will be given in the interview invitation.

The essential criteria for the funded positions of a Doctoral Candidate are:

  1. Applicant’s eligibility for postgraduate studies (academic performance, possible scientific merits, the progress of studies and research to the current date)
  2. The quality and feasibility of the research plan.

The final selection is based on comprehensive evaluation of applications (not on a single criterion) as the applicants can be at very different stages of their doctoral dissertation process. The applicant’s previous funding for doctoral studies is taken into consideration when determining the funding period of a Doctoral Candidate position.

When admitting the study right for a doctoral degree, the eligibility criteria of an applicant and the selection criteria of the Faculty of Law are considered in addition to the above-mentioned criteria. A prerequisite for admission is that there is at least one person who has agreed to act as a supervisor and fulfills the qualification requirements for supervisors of the faculty. In addition, the applicant’s research topic must fit with the profile of the Doctoral Programme.

Decisions

The Dean of the Faculty of Law makes the decision of granting a study right for the applicant and/or employing the applicant in a funded Doctoral Candidate position based on the proposals of the board of the doctoral programme. The names of the applicants who have been selected for the funded Doctoral Candidate positions will be published on the website of the Faculty of Law by the end of November 2017. All applicants will be personally informed of the decisions. The study right for a doctoral degree begins on 1 January, 2018.

An admitted applicant has to notify the University of Turku of their acceptance of the study place by 15 December 2017 at 15.00 (GMT +2) according to the instructions given in the notification of the decisions. If an admitted applicant does not give the notification in the time indicated, they will forfeit their study place. A person admitted to more than one university or polytechnic degree can only notify one university or polytechnic of accepting a study place. The notification is bindin, and cannot be canceled or altered later.

According to Finnish legislation, a student may accept only one study place leading to a higher education degree in Finland during one academic term (autumn term 1.8.-31.12. or spring term 1.1.-31.7). This rule applies to all higher education: Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities of applied sciences, Bachelor degrees and Master degrees awarded by Finnish universities and Licentiate and Doctoral degrees awarded by Finnish universities. The only exeptions are Transfer student selections, the Åland Polytechnic and the Police College of Finland.

Appeal for rectification

If an applicant is dissatisfied with the result of the student selection (study right for a doctoral degree), they have the right to submit an application for the rectification of the decision to the Faculty of Law within 14 days of the official publishing of the results. Contact person: Marja Andersson (oik-tutkimus@utu.fi, +358 2 333 5535).

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Applicants must prepare and attach the following documents to the application form according to the instructions on filling in the application form.

a) Applying for a study right for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Law
  1. A  research plan for a doctoral dissertation in accordance with the guidelines of the Faculty of Law
  2. A  résumé (CV) in accordance with the guidelines of the Faculty of Law
  3. A free form account of the person or persons who have agreed to act as a supervisor to the applicant
  4. Supervision plan
  5. Postgraduate study plan 
  6. A copy of the degree certificate and transcript of study records
    In case the applicant has completed their previous degree(s) qualifying them as an eligible applicant for doctoral studies at a university in Finland, the degree certificate, transcript of study records and other educational documents that may effect the student selection must be attached to the electronic application form.
    If the applicant has completed their previous degree(s) qualifying them as an eligible applicant for doctoral studies at a university abroad (i.e. outside Finland), the degree certificate, transcript of study records and other educational documents that may influence the student selection must be attached to the electronic application form. If the original degree certificate and other educational documents are not written in English, Finnish or Swedish, an official translations into one of these languages must be submitted. Translations of the educational documents must be issued by the awarding institution or by an official translator. Alternatively,the documents may comprise an officially certified copy of a translation issued by the awarding institution or an official translator.
    Those applicants who have been granted the study right and who have completed their studies at a university abroad have to submit officially certified documents and the official translations of the documents to the University of Turku according to the instructions given in the admission notification. The right to study for a doctoral degree is conditional until this is done.
  7. A possible copy of language test scores. See the language skills requirements of the Doctoral Programme in Law as well as the instructions of verifying language proficiency at http://www.utu.fi/en/research/utugs/doctoralprogrammes/law/how-to-apply/Pages/Verifying-language-proficiency-.aspx

b) Applying for a funded Doctoral Candidate position

  1. A  research plan for a doctoral dissertation in accordance with the guidelines of the Faculty of Law
  2. A  résumé (CV) in accordance with the guidelines of the Faculty of Law
  3. A  list of publications in accordance with the guidelines of the Faculty of Law

c) Applying for both the funded doctoral candidate positions and the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Law

All documents listed in a) and b).

The application form and the attachments must be delivered by the application deadline. Applications that arrive after the deadline will not be processed.

Additional information

Research and Postgraduate Education Officer Marja Andersson
(oik-tutkimus@utu.fi, +358 2 333 5535)

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