Law Doctoral Program at the University of Helsinki

Deadline: 31 October 2013
Open to: candidates with second-cycle degree and an approved research proposal
Remuneration: salary dependent on qualifications and work experience


The University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The high-quality research carried out by the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields, and for utilisation in social decision-making and the business sector. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 17 other locations.

The University will introduce a doctoral education system consisting of four doctoral schools and 32 doctoral programmes at the beginning of 2014. The goal of the reform is to improve the quality and efficiency of the doctoral education.

The University of Helsinki invites applications for three doctoral student positions in the Doctoral Programme in Law for a fixed term of no more than four years starting from 1 January 2014. There can be a four-month trial period for the positions.

Doctoral students in the Doctoral Programme in Law can carry out research in any field in law. The extensive approach of the doctoral programme encourages to broaden the scope in research, theoretical reasoning and interdisciplinary research. The Doctoral Programme in Law is part of the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences.

The duties of a doctoral student are to work on his or her own doctoral dissertation and to complete his or her postgraduate studies. In addition to conducting research leading to the doctoral dissertation, the doctoral student will participate in teaching duties and other duties at the Faculty.


A doctoral student must hold a second-cycle degree and have an approved research proposal. Other requirements include the ability and motivation, as demonstrated in previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. The appointee must hold the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment.

Appointees to the position of doctoral student must be proficient in the language in which they provide instruction, i.e., Finnish or Swedish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Finnish and Swedish.  Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. In order to fulfill the duties of the position, the appointee should have good knowledge of English.


The University of Helsinki offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience. The salary will be based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary will be EUR 2022–2970 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and work experience.

Annual workload provisions issued in the collective agreement for universities apply to doctoral students. Guidelines for drawing up an annual work plan may be requested via email from

The Faculty Council’s recommendation on the pedagogical training of teachers may be requested from


The closing date for the applications is 31 October 2013. (The Registry closes at 15.45 local Helsinki time). The applicants must submit an electronic application form AVAILABLE HERE with following enclosures:

  1. research plan (max 6 pages)
  2. study plan, based on the study requirements and courses of the Faculty of Law (max 2 pages), should include timetable and information on possible previous tasks and funding for this research project
  3. curriculum vitae and a list of (possible) publications (or alternatively, an academic portfolio containing the above mentioned documents and information) (max 3 pages);
  4. supervisor’s (supervisors’) statement in which the qualifications of the applicant and the feasibility and appropriateness of the study and research plans are assessed (max 2 pages)

In addition to the electronically submitted application, the application must be delivered, together with the required enclosures, in paper form addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Law to the following address:

Registry of the University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 33 (Yliopistonkatu 4)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Further information about the positions can be obtained from Postgraduate Studies Coordinator Jutta Kajander (, tel. +358-9-191 24367) or Head of Administration Tarja Pellinen (, tel. +358-9-191 22463).

See the official call HERE for further details.

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