3 Doctoral Students – Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä



The Department of Biological and Environmental Science is currently seeking to recruit candidates to the positions of 


The positions start on August 1st 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, contract length maximum of four years.

Qualifications we are looking for

The Doctoral Programme in Biological and Environmental Science offers doctoral education in Aquatic Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology and Environmental Science. Doctoral Students work in the department’s research groups. More detailed information about the application, the research groups and potential PhD thesis projects at this call is available on the web page ”Open doctoral student positions”. 

You are the person we are looking for if you have a Master’s degree, or be about to obtain a Master’s degree, in a relevant discipline and have a strong interest in the offered research projects. 

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a doctoral student are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The Master’s degree must have been completed before starting the studies. A good command of English is required. Doctoral Student needs to be also enrolled in the doctoral programme which can be applied from the Faculty of Mathematics and Science after selection for the position. 

What does the University of Jyväskylä offer as an employer?

At the University of Jyväskylä, you are a recognized member of our community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. You get to participate in our international and multidisciplinary community where the welfare of each individual is important. At the University of Jyväskylä, we offer a great and lively campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. 

Finland has a high standard of living, with free schooling (also in English), affordable childcare, good family benefits, and healthcare. Jyväskylä is located in central Finland in the Finnish lakeland and has excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The city of Jyväskylä is a major educational center and the city has a large student population. As such there is a vibrant cultural scene in the city. To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University’s International Staff Guide.

The annual salary range for a Doctoral Student in the beginning will be approximately 27,500 EUR (gross income, including a holiday bonus). A trial period of six months will be used in the beginning of the employment.

How to apply?

The application documents that should be included in PDF format:

  1. Short application / motivation letter, including research interests. It should be clearly identified the project which is applied for.
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV) containing the names of two referees and their contact information
  3. Relevant certificates / diplomas
  4. English language test record (case dependent)

Applicants are kindly asked to submit their applications using the online application form January 15, 2021. For further details, please contact supervisors mentioned in the project descriptions.

The research in the Department focuses on three core areas: evolutionary biology, natural resources and environment, and biological nanoscience. The Department building, Ambiotica, is an integral part of the University of Jyväskylä’s Ylistönrinne Mathematics and Science Research Complex, which also includes the buildings of chemistry, physics and nanoscience. Ambiotica houses high quality laboratories for ecology and environmental science, molecular bioscience and experimental facilities for a wide range of biological and chemical analyses as well as highly motivated laboratory personnel.

The University of Jyväskylä is a human-centered environment of 2,500 experts and 14,500 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and wellbeing for all. JYU’s naturally beautiful campus is located at the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third largest employer in Central Finland.