University of Turku supports the postdoctoral researcher stage, which gives a basis for proceeding on research career and working in expert positions in various fields. The goal of the University is to offer postdoctoral researchers diverse opportunities for self-development.
University of Turku is committed to developing the postdoctoral phase in its strategy. The European Commission has granted the University the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo of an excellent employer, which confirms the commitment to the development of the position and working conditions of researchers. The goal of the University of Turku is to be an attractive and competitive environment also for top international researchers.
The University of Turku employs postdoctoral researchers either in employment relationship or as scholarship researchers. The aim is to improve the support of all postdoctoral researchers through a common e-mail list.
You can join the distribution group following these instructions:
- Go to https://mail.utu.fi and sign in.
- Click "Options" (right upper corner), and select Options.
- Click "General" and select "Distribution groups".
- "Join…" (two persons and a +).
- Select the group you want to join ("postdoc") and press "Join" (two persons and a +).
- If you want to leave the group, select it, and press "Leave" (two persons and a -).
ECPI (Early Career Principal Investigator) events
University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University organise joint training and networking events for early career principal investigators. Information about events is announced via email lists and on the UTU Intranet.
Network for Early-Career Researchers in Turku (NERT)
The aims of NERT are to act as mediators and communicators in varied issues; work in cooperation with different organisations in the the University of Turku and existing research communities in the Turku region; as well as create opportunities for networking, sharing information, peer support, socializing and promoting interests of its members.
Each new employee is given an introduction to future work tasks, the work environment, and the goals and operating principles of the unit and the university. Onboarding is the responsibility of the supervisor. It is supported by a wide range of staff training and information/events for new employees. However, being active and networking with other university staff is the responsibility of the employee.
The University of Turku offers a wide range of training to strengthen the skills needed in working life. The key goal of the University's strategy is to be a pioneer in lifelong learning. The University of Turku organizes staff training (Training offered for staff, registration required) free of charge. Usually training is organised during working hours in which staff may attend with the permission of their supervisor. The Graduate School (UTUGS) also organises training that may be of interest to postdoctoral researchers. Doctoral students are given priority in graduate school training, but postdoctoral researchers are also admitted to the courses. The study guide contains information about the courses and instructions on how to participate in them.
All courses are also open to scholarship researchers.
The aim of mentoring for postdoctoral researchers is to provide support, for example, in career planning or reorientation, in expanding networks with actors in one's own field and in identifying one's own competence.
I-Me-Pro is a new mentoring programme for international staff and scholarship researchers with an aim to a career outside academia. The goal of the I-Me-Pro programme is to network and integrate international experts into Finnish working life and the innovation environment.
Competence and welfare services
Members of the university community are provided with support and services that promote well-being at work. These include training and coaching for well-being at work, support for work communities in change, early support and mediation, coordination of occupational health support services, health and safety issues, data protection issues, equality and non-discrimination issues, CampusSport and accessibility services.
Funding opportunities at the University of Turku
The University of Turku hosts two multidisciplinary research collegia: Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) and Turku Collegium for Science and Medicine (TCSMT). The collegia recruit postdoctoral researchers through international applications. You can find out more about application instructions and schedules on the collegia's' websites.
If you are applying for funding from the University of Turku through other means or are interested in funding opportunities, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.