Life as a Postdoc at the University of Turku


27.4.2023 at 9.15 - 11.00
University of Turku is committed to support postdocs, develop the researcher stage after the doctoral degree, which gives a basis for proceeding on research career and working in expert positions in various fields. It is not, however, totally clear who the postdocs at our university are, what kind of support they wish to receive or what kind of careers they envision. The event “Life as a postdoc at the UTU" aims at bringing postdocs together to discuss what the university should do to better support postdocs.

There is no clear-cut definition for a postdoc other than one having quite a recent doctoral degree and usually a fixed-term position in research, but you can also be searching for funding for a postdoc project.

All interested are warmly welcome! We wish that many of you can find the time to participate!


9:15 Postdocs in Research Career Framework, Vice-Rector Kalle-Antti Suominen
9:25 European Concerns on Postdoc Situation, Professor Pirjo Nuutila, Director of UTU Graduate School
9:35 Preliminary Results of the UTU Postdoc Survey, Coordinator Vesa Rautio, Research Career Unit
9:45 It's Normal to Be a Bit Anxious: Precarity in the Academy, Postdoctoral Researcher Mona Mannevuo, TIAS and Contemporary History

10:00 Coffee and discussions

10:20 Wrapping up discussions
10:35 Postdocs, Career Path and Research Funding, Research Funding Specialist Johanna Toivonen de Gonzales
10:45 Do We Need a Mentoring Model for Postdocs at the University of Turku? Pirjo Nuutila
10:55 What Are the Next Steps? Kalle-Antti Suominen