PhD Position in Psychology at Åbo Akademi University

Deadline: 25 August 2015
Open to: applicants with MA degree in psychology or a related subject
Scholarship: salary of EUR 1,795 – 2,462 per month


Åbo Akademi  University (ÅAU) invites applications for a position as a doctoral student in psychology to the research project BrainTrain. The position is located in the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology. The employment is fixed – term for the period 1 September 2015 – 31 December 2016. There is a possibility for an extension of the employment of an additional 2 years. Any extension will, however, be dependent on the successful evaluation of the project’s achievements and the possibility to acquire further funding. The doctoral student’s main tasks are to carry out independent scientific research and to pursue a doctoral dissertation. In addition, employed doctoral students are assigned tasks in connection with teaching, supervision or other tasks in accordance with with the current general collective agreement for universities and individual work plans.


Eligible for a position as doctoral students in the research project are those who have a Master’s degree in psychology or a related subject. Admission to the PhD program at Åbo Akademi University is a prerequisite for an employment as doctoral student. Applicants that have not yet been admitted to pursue doctoral studies at Åbo Akademi University will also be considered for the positions. A shorter term employment contract within the project might come into question between completion of the recruitment and admission to the PhD program.


Doctoral students belong to the system of total working hours with an annual working time of 1,600 hours. Annual work plans are made. Doctoral students’ work plans, as well as their supervision and study agreements, will be evaluated on a yearly basis. The salary for doctoral students will be based on levels 1–4 of the job demand level for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities (see the salary chart for teaching and research staff HERE). In addition, the doctoral student will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 25 August 2015 at 3 p.m. (CET + 1). Persons interested are asked to send an application that includes:

  • An academic portfolio, applicants are welcomed to follow the recommended guidelines by the university HERE;
  • A copy of the Master’s degree certificate;
  • A Curriculum Vitae (max. 4 pages);
  • A freely formulated description of the applicant’s merits for the specified duties (max. 2 pages);
  • A copy of the thesis;
  • If applicable copies of previous publications;
  • Contact details for potential references.

The applications are addressed to the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Pekka Santtila and sent either electronically to the university registry on: or by post to

Åbo Akademis kansli, Registrator
Domkyrkotorget 3
20500 Åbo

Please state “Application / BrainTrain: Doctoral student” in the subject field in the email or on the envelope.

For more information please see the official call.

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