The Turku Collegium for Science and Medicine (TCSM) of the University of Turku is a multidisciplinary and interactive researcher community for top researchers at the beginning of their career. The Collegium is looking for a maximum of five postdoctoral researchers and five collegium researchers.
The postdoctoral and collegium researcher posts are fixed-term positions for three years. The employment relationship of the researchers can begin at the earliest on 1 August 2020 and at the latest on 1 January 2021. The call for applications to the postdoctoral researcher and collegium researcher positions starts on 4 November and ends on 7 January 2020.
The collegium researchers will receive a starting package that includes initial funding for launching their research activities at the University of Turku. The additional funding for the research group have to be acquired by the researchers. The collegium researchers can also apply for a two-year extension for their position.
– The University of Turku offers researchers excellent infrastructure and support of the academic community. The researchers belong to the personnel of the unit where they are placed. In addition, TCSM promotes networking with the researchers of the University's other research collegium, TIAS, which advances multidisciplinary research and creates new initiatives, says Vice Rector responsible for research, Kalle-Antti Suominen.
The Turku Collegium for Science and Medicine is jointly run by the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Faculty of Medicine. TCSM covers all disciplines represented in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine. The goal of the Collegium is to promote top research at the University of Turku by supporting the career development of researchers at the beginning of their career, postdoctoral researchers, and collegium researchers who are aiming to establish their own research group.
– So that the University of Turku can keep up with the competition, we have to be able to attract top international researchers. TCSM is a highly important recruitment channel for getting international and returning researchers to the University of Turku, highlights Academician of Science Sirpa Jalkanen who is the chair of the Collegium's Board.
One important role of the Collegium is to offer researchers an opportunity to focus full-time on their own research and development as a researcher.
– The researchers at TCSM form a tight community and receive important peer-support from their colleagues. The members of the TCSM Board work in close collaboration with the researchers and give advice and support for career development, says Professor Jalkanen.