Researcher Career at the University of Turku

The multidisciplinary and international University of Turku is an attractive research environment for researchers at different stages of their careers.

The versatile research environment at the University of Turku supports the researchers’ creativity. We offer excellent conditions for ground-breaking interdisciplinary research and making the results available for the benefit of society.

We believe that a straightforward researcher career path and the advancement of  international mobility increase the quality and effectiveness of research. According to our strategy, we are increasing the number of postdoctoral researchers recruited through international application processes, and we are developing the use of the Tenure Track system further in the whole University.

Khalil Shahramiam sitaatti
The high quality of research and the available research infrastructure brought me here. Turku has a great reputation in dentistry.
Khalil Shahramian
Doctoral Candidate, Finnish Doctoral Programme in Oral Sciences (FINDOS Turku)

Researcher career path at the University of Turku consists of four stages:

1. Doctoral training phase

The University has a Graduate School whose doctoral programmes cover all the disciplines of the University. The goal of the doctoral training is to give the doctoral candidates preparedness to work as a researcher and teacher as well as in demanding expert positions.

2. Forming an identity as a researcher

During this stage, the researcher's identity is formed and steps are taken towards a more independent and responsible role in the research community.  A typical title at this stage is postdoctoral researcher or senior researcher.

3. Independent researcher or leader of a research group

On the third stage, researchers are independent professionals with abilities in academic leadership. Titles at this stage are university research fellow, university lecturer or senior research fellow.

4. Leading researcher in the field

The fourth stage of the career path applies to professors and research directors. Research and teaching responsibilities at this stage are wide-ranging and more demanding.

Hanna Meretoja sitaatti
Academic freedom is a great advantage in a researcher career. It enables creative curiosity. Research is a journey where you don’t have to know from the start where it will lead you.
Hanna Meretoja
Professor, Comparative Literature

Researchers’ position is purposefully developed

The European Commission has awarded the University of Turku the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo. The logo is a token of the university's commitment to continuous development of the position and working conditions of researchers along the guidelines set forth in the European Charter for Researchers.

The University of Turku wants to support especially the prerequisites for conducting research and the working life competence of young researchers. Special attention is also paid on researchers’ health and coping at work. The goal is that all the prerequisites for working are in order for all the researchers despite the source of their research funding. If you are applying for funding to the University of Turku or are interested in funding opportunities, please contact: researchfunding@utu.fi.