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Call for applications for fixed-term doctoral candidate positions and also for the right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Medicine

From September 1, 2017 to September 20, 2017 one can apply for:
a) a fixed-term doctoral candidate position
b) a right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Medicine
c) both of the above (a and b)

Doctoral programmes and their individual calls for application:

Finnish Doctoral Program in Oral Sciences (FINDOS-Turku)
Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP)
Turku Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine (TuDMM)
Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (TKT/DPCR)
Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science (DPNurs)

a) Applying for a doctoral candidate position

1. Position

Applications are invited for fixed-term doctoral candidate positions in the doctoral programmes of the Faculty of Medicine. The doctoral training positions begin on January 1, 2018 at the earliest and are for a maximum of four years (48 months). There is a trial period of four months at the most.

2. Description of the position

The doctoral candidate position begins on January 1, 2018 at the earliest and it is for a maximum of four years. The positions are primarily intended for full-time doctoral dissertation research and doctoral studies with the aim of completing the doctoral degree in four years. Other duties than those related to doctoral dissertation research must not compromise the full-time doctoral dissertation research. As a rule, teaching and other duties than those related to doctoral dissertation can be at most 5% (80 h) of the annual working time of the doctoral candidate.

The doctoral degree has to be pursued in the Faculty of Medicine, with the exception of the Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP) and the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (DPCR), which encompass doctoral candidates are also from other Faculties.

3. Salary

The salary is based on the salary system of Finnish universities. It consists of a task-specific salary component and personal performance salary component. The task-specific salary component of the doctoral candidate is at level 2–4 of teaching and research personnel and is 1985,85 – 2475,31 euros per month. The component based on personal performance adds a maximum of 46,3 % to this salary.

4. Application period and procedure

Period for applying is September 1-20, 2017.

The application consists of an electronic form and PDF files attached to it including all required material according to the instructions. A link to the electronic application forms and the instructions for the PDF appendix files will be published on the website of each doctoral programme.

5. Qualifications

A doctoral candidate position can be applied for by:

a) Persons who have an active right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Turku and who have not previously had a full-time funded doctoral candidate position for a total of four years.

b) Persons who have not yet been granted the right to study for doctoral degree at the University of Turku, but match the profile of one of the doctoral programmes and meet the eligibility criteria for the right to study for a doctoral degree (Universities Act 558/2009, Section 37). As the right to pursue a doctoral degree is a precondition for receiving a doctoral candidate position funded by the University, the applicant must apply for both the right to study for a doctoral degree as well as a doctoral candidate position.in this call for applications.

Persons who already have a doctoral degree from a Finnish university cannot apply for the doctoral candidate position.

According to Section 39 of the University of Turku Rules of Procedure a person selected for the post of doctoral candidate is required to have a higher university degree and an accepted research plan. In addition, when acquiring his or her degree or otherwise, he or she is required to have demonstrated the ability and motivation to undertake doctoral studies and the capacity to complete a doctoral degree in accordance with the research plan.

b) Applying for a right to study for a doctoral degree
(Faculty of Medicine instructions)

1. Who may apply

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

Eligible for studies leading to an academic postgraduate degree is a person who has completed

1. an applicable higher university degree (in Finland)
2. an applicable higher polytechnic degree (in Finland); or
3. an applicable education completed outside Finland which in the awarding country gives eligibility for corresponding higher education.

Degree specific prerequisites for pursuing a doctoral degree are written in the electronic curriculum 2016-2018 of the Faculty of Medicine: Academic postgraduate degrees.

2. Before applying

a) SUPERVISION: A person applying for the right to study for a doctoral degree must first discuss with his/her supervisor of the supervision of the thesis work, of the choice for a doctoral programme, the contents of the doctoral studies, the composition of the follow-up committee for doctoral training and other details related to the project. The application form and the appendix to it include a summary of the research plan, a research plan, a schedule plan, a financing plan and a supervision plan. Additionally, the doctoral programmes may ask programme specific questions and require for specific appendixes.

The supervision plan shall be drawn up together with the supervisor/-s and it must be enclosed including all signatures to the application’s appendix. The supervisor/-s are written into the application form and they give their consent to the supervision and to the submission of the application by signing the supervision plan.

b) CONSENT OF THE HEAD OF THE DOCTORAL SUBJECT: The applicant must agree with the head of the doctoral subject on the possibility to carry out the thesis work in a given subject (department) before applying. The head of the doctoral subject gives her/his consent by signing the above mentioned supervision plan.

c) LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: The applicant needs to be proficient in either Finnish or English in order to be able to participate in teaching and to communicate with the university staff. In practice, knowledge in the English language is required always when working in an international science community. When applying for the right to study for a doctoral degree, the applicant must prove his or her language proficiency according to the instructions.

d) DEGREE GIVING THE ELIGIBILITY: To verify your eligibility, you must submit certain educational documents (conditional):

        I.            If the applicant has attained the higher university degree at the University of Turku or has a right to pursue specialization training at the University of Turku, doctoral degree certificate is not needed as an application enclosure (exception to the rule is an application to the DPNurs doctoral programme).

     II.        If the applicant has attained the higher university degree at some other university in Finland, the degree certificates, the transcripts of study records and other educational documents which may influence on the student selection must be attached to the electronic application form. 

   III.            If the applicant has completed the former degree(s), which make him/her eligible for doctoral studies, at a university abroad (i.e. outside Finland), the degree certificates, the transcripts of study records and other educational documents, which may influence on the student selection must be attached to the electronic application form. If the original degree certificates and other educational documents are not written in English, Finnish or Swedish, official translations to one of these languages are required. Translations of the educational documents must be issued by the awarding institution, officially certified copy of a translation issued by the awarding institution, translated by an official translator or an officially certified copy of a translation made by an official translator.

Those applicants who have been granted the right to study and who have completed their studies at a university abroad have to submit officially certified copies of the degree certificates, other educational 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.

3. Application

The application consists of an electronic form and PDF files attached to it including all required material according to the instructions. A link to the electronic application form and the instructions for the PDF appendix files will be published on the website of each doctoral programme.

Period for applying starts on September 1, 2017 at 00:00 and ends on September 20, 2017 at 23:59 (time in Finland). Applications sent after the deadline will not be processed.

Applicants use the electronic form. In case problems occur in the electronic applying, contact the Chief academic officer, tel. +358-50-5634 662.

4. Evaluation of the applications

The doctoral programme evaluates the applications after the end of the application period. Common selection criteria will be found in the study guide for academic postgraduate studies. Selection criteria of each doctoral programme will be found in the call for applications of the doctoral programme at issue. Additionally, the doctoral programme evaluates how the research plan matches the profile of the doctoral programme. Applicants may be invited to an interview. The duration of the doctoral candidate position is the length requested in the application at the most.

5. Process of approval

The decision on granting the funded doctoral candidate position is made by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine based on the proposal of the steering committee of the doctoral programme. The applicants will be informed and the names of the persons who have been selected for the doctoral candidate positions will be published on the website of the doctoral programme by the 30 November 2017 at the latest. The decision on employing the doctoral candidate is made by the head of the institution/department.

The decision for the right to study for a doctoral degree (January 1, 2018 onwards) is made by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine based on the proposal of the steering committee of the doctoral programme by the 30 November 2017 at the latest. The applicants will be informed by email/regular mail.

An admitted applicant has to notify University of Turku of his/her acceptance of the study place by the 15 December 2017 at 15.00 (time in Finland) according to the instructions given in the admission notification. If the admitted applicant does not give the notification in the time indicated, he/she shall forfeit the study place. A person admitted to more than one university or polytechnic degree has to notify only the degree in which he/she accepts the study place. Notification is binding, it is not possible to cancel or change it later.

According to Finnish legislation, 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. Higher education degrees included in the rule are 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. Only exemptions are Transfer student selections, the Åland Polytechnic and the Police College of Finland.  

6. Appeal proceedings

In the case the applicant thinks that there has been a mistake in the selection procedure, he/she has the right to submit a demand for rectification of the decision concerning admission from the Faculty of Medicine within 14 days of the official publishing of the results. The demand must be made in writing and must include detailed grounds for the rectification. The demand for rectification must be sent to the Faculty of Medicine and sent to the address: Outi Irjala, Faculty of Medicine, FI-20014 University of Turku, Finland or outi.irjala(a)utu.fi.

7. Registration with the University of Turku

The postgraduate student (doctoral candidate) needs to register at the University of Turku each academic year according to the instructions of the university. Only those who have registered as attending are allowed to pursue doctoral studies, i.e. to register for a course or exam and have their credits or degree entered into the study register.

8. Additional information

Faculty of Medicine: med-doctoral(a)utu.fi

Doctoral programmes and doctoral programme specific instructions and link to the electronic application form:

Finnish Doctoral Program in Oral Sciences (FINDOS-Turku)
Drug Research Doctoral Programme (DRDP)
Turku Doctoral Programme of Molecular Medicine (TuDMM)
Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (TKT/DPCR)
Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science (DPNurs)

Instructions and material for applicants

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