Doctoral Researcher (12 positions)

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The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere invites applications for 12 Doctoral Researcher Positions. The duration of the position may be six months to four years. Selected doctoral researchers must begin work between 1 January 2021 and 1 August 2021. 

Job description

The applicants selected in the positions will pursue a doctoral degree in one of the doctoral programs of Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tampere. The expected duration of full-time studies is four years. Fixed-term employment contracts may be drawn up for a period of six months to four years; the length of the contract depends on the doctoral researcher’s current stage of studies and the expected graduation date.

The terms of the dissertation work are defined in the doctoral researcher’s personal study and supervision plan. Annual progress reports are required. The personal study and supervision plan includes a detailed annual work schedule. 

In addition to the dissertation work, doctoral researchers are expected to teach or perform other duties related to their studies. These duties may not exceed five per cent of their total working hours. 


Candidates should have a completed higher university degree, and be already registered as a doctoral student in one of the  doctoral programs of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere. 

  • Selection is based on the following criteria:
  •  Scientific quality and innovativeness of the research plan
  •  Feasibility of the proposed research
  •  Merits of the applicant  
  •  Research environment and/or support of the research group
  •  Motivation letter

The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a Doctoral researcher is placed on the job demands levels 2-4. In addition, employees receive performance based salary. Trial period is applied to the position.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Please read more about working at Tampere University.

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system (link below). Please write your application and all the accompanying documentation in PDF format. You can answer to questions and write the attachment documents in Finnish or in English.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 3rd September 2020 (at 23.59 EEST / 20.59 UTC).  Only applications by the deadline will be accepted.

Please attach the following documents to your application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae prepared according to the guidelines issued by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK)
  2. Your research plan prepared according to the university quidelines. Carefully read through the requirements of your doctoral programme. 
  3. Motivation letter (max. 1 page, describes the applicant’s goals for doctoral studies) 
  4. Description of funding received to your doctoral dissertation so far, including information about the giver, amount and period. 

For more information about the positions, please contact:

research coordinator Kirsi Lumme-Sandt