How to apply to the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research?

Faculty of Medicine

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1 Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (DPCR) 

The Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (DPCR) promotes high quality clinical research and supports doctoral training in clinical medicine and other closely related research areas focusing on the etiology, diagnostics and treatment of diseases including the translational medicine and studies on health service systems. A basic degree in medical science is not compulsory in this multidisciplinary doctoral programme, and a person with another suitable degree may apply, if his/her research topic relates to a medical issue or to the development of methodologies required to solve one. The doctoral candidates of DPCR pursue a doctoral degree either in the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Social Sciences or Faculty of Science and Engineering. Turku Brain and Mind is a subprogramme of DPCR. Parallel doctoral and clinical specialist training is supported by the doctoral programme. 

2 Application period  

Application period starts on 3 September 2018 at 00:00 and ends on 21 September 2018 at 23:59:59 (time in Finland).

3 Applications are invited for  

a) fixed-term doctoral candidate positions in Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research

The doctoral candidate positions will begin on January 1, 2019 at the earliest and are for a maximum of four years (48 months). 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% (maximum of 80 h / academic year) of the annual working time of the doctoral candidate.

The salary is based on the salary system of Finnish universities. It consists of a task-specific salary component and a 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 2005,71 - 2500,06 € per month. The component based on personal performance is max. 46,3 % of the task-specific salary. There is a trial period of six (6) months.

From Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research funding can also be applied for short periods to be used e.g. in conjunction with clinical specialist training or for other justified reason (the reasoning must be indicated in the application).

b) a right to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Turku in the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Social Sciences or Faculty of Science and Engineering in Doctoral Programme in Clinical Research (starting January 1, 2019). 

c) both of the above (a and b)

4 Qualifications

4.1 Doctoral candidate positions can be applied for by: 

a) All doctoral candidates who have a 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 a doctoral degree at the University of Turku, but match the profile of the doctoral programme and meet the eligibility criteria for the right to study for doctoral degree (section 4.2). As the right to study for a doctoral degree is a precondition for accepting a doctoral candidate position funded by the University, the applicant must apply for both a right to study for a doctoral degree and a doctoral candidate position in this call for applications.
Persons who already have a doctoral degree from a Finnish university cannot apply for a doctoral candidate position.
According to Section 39 of the University of Turku - Rules of Procedure a person selected for the post of a 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 postgraduate studies and the capacity to complete a doctoral degree in accordance with the research plan.

4.2 The right to study for a doctoral degree in the University of Turku can be applied 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 set by the faculty in question. The eligibility criteria and general guidelines for applying (incl. possible language skills requirements) specific to each faculty can be found on www-pages: 

5 Application 

The application for the right to study for a doctoral degree consists of an electronic form and attached PDF files including all required material according to the instructions.

  • A link to electronic application form will be available during the application period through the tab 'Apply here' (above) (ID6089 - DPCR)
  • Guide for filling in the form
For the application the applicant must prepare
  • a summary of the research plan (max 1000 characters) and
  • the following documents in pdf-format
  1. Research plan (incl. the funding plan) - Please note the DPCR model 
    For your information some instructions on how to describe the statistical methods.
  2. CV of the applicant including the list of publications
  3. CV from one supervisor (max 2 pages) and the list of publications 2017-2018 (Please do not exceed the page/year limits)
  4. Postgraduate study plan
       - please use this template
       - a list of examples or study guide

    If applying for the right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Medicine, also:

  5. Signed supervision plan - Fill in electronically, print, sign together with the supervisor/-s and the head of subject and scan as an attachment (a mandatory attachment).

    NB! It is recommended that at least one of the supervisors is employed by the University of Turku or has a title of docent granted by the University of Turku, since access to UTU IT-systems will be required.

    The need for the following attachments are conditional and depend on the applicant, so please check the instructions:

  6. Justified application for the approval of a third supervisor, when proposing three supervisors
  7. Educational documents (if needed -  see the instructions:  d) DEGREE GIVING THE ELIGIBILITY
  8. A copy of the language test result (if needed – see the instructions)
  9. Signed notice of consent giving permission to check the authenticity of the documents provided with a copy of the passport (instructions and the form
If applying for the right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Social Sciences or Faculty of Science and Engineering, the required attachments may vary from the above-mentioned. Please check and follow the detailed instructions on the www-pages of the faculty in question. 

6 Assessment of applications 

  • The steering committee of the DPCR will process all applications. The committee invites also external experts to evaluate applications for the funded positions. The quality, suitability and feasibility of the research plan will be evaluated. Also the CVs and publication lists of both the applicant and the supervisor, the motivation, the merits and previous study history of the applicant, and resources to complete a doctoral degree within the presented time frame will be assessed in the selection.
  • If needed, the applicants for the doctoral candidate positions will be invited in the interview by the steering committee. (The most probable date for interviews is 9 November 2018 between 8 am and 3 pm.)
  • The multidisciplinary nature of the doctoral programme will be taken into consideration, and therefore the aim to cover different disciplines widely in the doctoral programme may have an effect on final selection.
  • Applicants ranked on the highest levels will receive funded training positions for the applied or shorter periods. NB! The stage of the thesis and other funding previously received for the doctoral thesis work will be taken into account when determining the length of the period of the doctoral candidate position. 

7 Process of approval and accepting the study place 

Information on the process of approval, accepting the study place, appeal process and registration on www-pages:


  • Director of the Doctoral Programme: Associate Professor Antti Saraste, antti.saraste[a]
  • Coordinator: Kristiina Nuutila, kristiina.nuutila[a], +358 50 313 5224


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Electronic application system - Saimi

  • When the call is open, click the 'Apply here' tab above.
  • Choose the application form of the Doctoral Progamme in Clinical Research.
  • Choose ' Fill the Form'
  • If you have used the Saimi system before, you can choose 'I have previously applied for a job, let me use my old application also for this job.'
    You must log in with the username and password the Saimi system has sent you then(different from utu credentials).
    This previously used username can be inquired from the coordinator, too.
    Choose the previouly filled form you want to use in this call, check it and update/add the information needed.



 Check-list for the applicant

  • ​Check the application period >>
  • Read the instructions of the faculty in question and the doctoral programme carefully!
  • If you are going to verify your language skills with a language test, make sure that you book your test time well in advance. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make his/her own language test arrangements >>
  • Get the required signatures in time and prepare the appendices.
  • Fill in the electric application form.
  • Remember to apply in time.  
  • Keep your original certificates at hand and prepare to acquire officially certified copies if needed!

Both the application form and the attachments are required for the application to be valid.

Please click the 'Apply here' tab (above) to open the electronic application form. The form will be available during the application period.

The most probable date for interviews is 9 November 2018 between 8 am and 3 pm.

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