20 part-time (50 %) Early Stage Researcher (Doctoral Researcher) positions – University of Eastern Finland



The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications to 20 part-time (50%) early stage researcher (doctoral researcher) positions, to be filled within the university’s shared doctoral researcher position system. The positions will be filled for a minimum of a one-year and a maximum of a four-year term starting on 1 January 2023, or as agreed; however, no later than 1 June 2023.

Our shared doctoral researcher position system is designed to develop our doctoral education in a manner that makes the expertise of our newly graduated doctors extensively available to business and industry, as well as to society at large.

Role, salary and agreements

Early stage researchers selected to the shared doctoral researcher position system will work full-time, having parallel, 50% contracts of employment with both the University of Eastern Finland and an external employer. The main duty in both employment relationships will be to conduct doctoral research. 

At the University of Eastern Finland, postgraduate studies are completed in the university’s doctoral programmes, which are responsible for offering education and supervision in their field of science and research. 

The salary of the positions is determined in accordance with the salary system of the Finnish universities. The salary comprises two components: a job requirement component and a personal performance component. In this position, the job requirement component is 2,108.40–2,628.85 euros/month, based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement chart for teaching and research staff. The personal performance component can be a minimum of 6 % and a maximum of 50 % of the above-mentioned sum. Salary is paid on the basis of the part-time contract, i.e., 50% of the above. The salary is determined in accordance with the phase of the doctoral dissertation and personal performance. 

Early stage researcher positions are always filled for a fixed term. A trial period is applied to new members of the university’s staff. 

An agreement on a parallel contract of employment  is concluded between the employer parties prior to concluding a contract of employment for the appointee with the University of Eastern Finland.  On the agreement, the University of Eastern Finland and the external employer agree on the terms and conditions of the employment relationship, including intellectual property rights and the publicity of the research results. The early stage researcher’s salary in the external organisation must be equal to or higher than the salary paid by the university.

Our requirements and expectations   

We expect you to

  • Be eligible for postgraduate education, i.e., you have completed a relevant Master’s degree awarded by a university, a relevant Master’s degree awarded by a university of applied sciences; or a relevant applicable study programme abroad which in the awarding country gives eligibility for the corresponding level of higher education (Universities Act, Section 37(4)).
  • Be planning your first doctoral degree, or already be enrolled as a doctoral researcher at the University of Eastern Finland.
    • Students who are finishing their degree that makes them eligible for postgraduate education may also apply for the positions, provided that their degree is completed by 31 October 2022. In these cases, the offer of a position will be conditional and tied to the completion of the degree by the above-mentioned deadline.
    • Meet the qualification requirements and admissions criteria of the doctoral programme concerned.
      • For applicants who do not yet have a postgraduate study right at the University of Eastern Finland, the offer of a position will be conditional until they have been granted a postgraduate study right at the University of Eastern Finland. The contents and requirements of the doctoral studies will be the same for the applicants selected to the shared doctoral researcher position system as for everyone enrolled in the doctoral programmes.
      • Have a contract of employment with an external employer for the full duration of your part-time contract as an early stage researcher.

The following will be considered advantages

  • A high level and innovativeness of the research proposal, linkage of the research topic to the disciplines and themes and the doctoral programme in question, and consideration of the ethical aspects of the research.
  • Usability of the expertise gained in the course of the doctoral research by business and industry, as well as society at large. 

When filling the positions, consideration will also be given to language skills required in postgraduate studies, earlier academic performance, progression of the doctoral research during a possible earlier funding period, duration of possible earlier funding secured for the doctoral research and an estimate of the applicant’s possibilities to complete the proposed research and the postgraduate studies, and of the time required for their completion.

Your benefits   

You will have access to the university’s staff benefits, including   

  • An interesting and versatile position in an international, creative, participatory and participatory and inclusive university community.
  • A possibility for flexible multi-location work.
  • Staff benefits of the University of Eastern Finland, including comprehensive occupational health care, extensive provision of staff training, affordable lunch in our campus restaurants, and Sykettä sports services.

Please read more in the Work at UEF section on our website.  

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How to apply?  

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 31.8.2022 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time).     

Please note that you must include the following appendices in your application:  

  • A CV / résumé: https://tenk.fi/en/advice-and-materials/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae
  • A research proposal: Students already enrolled as doctoral researchers at UEF must submit an updated version of their research proposal, to be prepared in accordance with instructions of the doctoral programme concerned. Applicants not yet enrolled at the University of Eastern Finland are to prepare a research proposal in accordance with the instructions given by the doctoral programme to which they are applying for a postgraduate study right.
  • A motivational letter (no more than 2 pages) where the applicant describes how the expertise associated with their doctoral research could be extensively used by business and industry, or by society at large.
  • A copy of the applicant’s degree certificate and a transcript of academic records is required from applicants who do not have an existing right to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Eastern Finland. The documents need to be submitted in Finnish or in English. As regards translated documents, only a Diploma Supplement and/or other translations issued by the awarding higher education institution or official translations by authorised translators are accepted.
  • commitment signed by a person authorised to make recruitments on behalf of the external employer.  

The right to pursue postgraduate studies must be applied for via the electronic Opintopolku system in accordance with the timetable for next call for applications of the doctoral programme concerned. 

The goal is to make the decisions on the early stage researcher positions by the end of October 2022.

Further information     

Queries related to the doctoral programmes and Opintopolku 

  • Faculty of Science and Forestry: Head of Education Kaisa Laitinen, kaisa.laitinen(at)uef.fi, tel. +358 29 445 3003 (on vacation from 7 July to 3 August 2022).
  • Faculty of Health Sciences: healthpostgrad (at) uef.fi
  • Philosophical Faculty and Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies: earlyresearchers_sophi(at)uef.fi  

Queries related to the application procedure (Saima recruitment system) 

  • Financial and Human Resources Coordinator Tuula Ranne, tuula.ranne(at)uef.fi (on vacation from 1 July to 25 August 2022).
  • Executive Head of Administration Henni Nevalainen, henni.nevalainen(at)uef.fi (on vacation from 11 July to 8 August 2022).

University of Eastern Finland in brief   

The University of Eastern Finland is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland, offering education in nearly 100 major subjects. We have a staff of 2,750 members, and our academic community comprises around 16,000 degree students and more than 27,000 adult education students. Our campuses are located in Joensuu and in Kuopio. Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. We generate research-based knowledge and make it openly accessible for the benefit of all. UEF stands for action with impact that is relevant today and tomorrow. To learn more about our university please visit our website at  www.uef.fi/en.