Multidisciplinary recruitment

The University of Oulu is a multidisciplinary, international research university, with about 3,600 employees who produce new knowledge based on high-standards research and provide research based education to build a more sustainable, smarter, and more humane world. The University of Oulu community has about 17,000 people in total. Our northern scientific community operates globally and creates conditions for the emergence of innovations.  

We are now looking for applicants for

Multiple short-term doctoral researcher positions

in the Health and Biosciences doctoral programme (HBS-DP) of the University of Oulu. The positions are fully funded by the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) and by the research units.

About the positions

HBS-DP funds doctoral research in the following doctoral degree programmes: medicine, biochemistry and molecular medicine, dentistry, and health sciences. In the current call, short-term doctoral researcher positions ranging from 3 to 6 months will be available for the year 2025 (up to 5 person-years in total). These doctoral researcher positions are primarily intended for doctoral researchers working as professionals in healthcare with the degree of Licentiate of Medicine, Licentiate of Dentistry or Master of Health Sciences. The positions are fixed-term for 3 to 6 months starting earliest on 1.1.2025 and ending at the latest on 31.12.2025.

NOTE! Applicants who have already received a long-term doctoral researcher position from the University of Oulu are not eligible to apply.

What we offer?

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic community where you can share your expertise and grow as an expert.
  • Development and career options of the big organization.
  • Work that matters and a workplace that promotes flexibility and work-life balance. Read more about working with us.

Who are you?

You are expected to have the ability to pursue independent research, work productively in a team of various backgrounds, and potentially to supervise undergraduate students. Specifically, you must have:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field. Priority will be given to doctoral researchers working as professionals in healthcare with a degree of Licentiate of Medicine, Licentiate of Dentistry or Master of Health Sciences.
  • Candidates must meet all the requirements to receive doctoral study right as defined in the UniOGS's webpages (see section ‘What is required for admission?’)
  • The students who are granted the funded position need to have doctoral study right or need to apply for doctoral study right as soon as possible.


The successful candidate will be employed at the University of Oulu. The salary will be based on levels 2–4 of the demand level chart for university-level teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). The starting gross salary will be approximately €2400 – 2700 per month, depending on the qualifications.

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 31.08.2024 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system. Prior to submitting, applicants are expected to find a prospective main supervisor in an eligible research unit. Applicants are advised to seek potential supervisors in the faculty's web pages. The proposed main supervisor must clearly be identified in the application (full name, title, position, faculty and research unit at the University of Oulu). A commitment form from the proposed supervisor willing to commit for supervision must be attached into the applicant’s set of documents (see below).

The application must be written in English and include the following attachments:

  1. Cover letter (max. 1 page)
  2. CV following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland (max. 3 pages)
  3. Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees. If the original documents are not in Finnish, Swedish or English, each document must be accompanied by an official certified translation into Finnish or English.
  4. Research plan following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland (max. 4 pages)
  5. Commitment form signed by the supervisor (download here the pre-formulated form that must be used): In this document the eligible supervisor (either a professor or a docent level researcher who is employed by the University of Oulu) states their willingness to act as the supervisor for the applicant. Commitment letter must include the (tentative) supervisor’s assurance that the research unit director is aware of and committed to the financial obligations related to these positions.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be ranked based on:

  • Competence of the applicant
  • Quality of research (scientific quality, novelty, innovativeness)
  • Implementation (feasibility)

=> Overall rating

Priority will be given to doctoral researchers working as professionals in healthcare with a degree of Licentiate of Medicine, Licentiate of Dentistry or Master of Health Sciences. Ineligible or incomplete applications are rejected, and selection is then made by the selection panel. All applicants will be informed of the selection by e-mail.

Contact Information

For information about admission and doctoral study rights in the University of Oulu, please see the UniOGS's webpages.

For questions about salary, other conditions of employment and matters related to work permits, please contact hr(at)

For questions about the selection process and selection schedule, please contact Coordinator Emmi Alakärppä, emmi.alakarppa(at) The inquiries will be answered during 1.5.–28.6.2024 and 1.8.–30.8.2024.

Type of employment Temporary position (shorter than 10 days)
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2024/209
  • Emmi Alakärppä, +358504676904
Published 25.Apr.2024
Last application date 31.Aug.2024
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