The Doctoral Programme in the Social Sciences covers the following disciplines: social psychology, social work, social and cultural anthropology, sociology, social statistics, media and communication studies and social and public policy. The Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences is the largest doctoral programme in Finland.
Thematic teaching is provided both at the disciplinary level and in multi-disciplinary research areas, each of which is based on established research networks. Candidates should study these areas before writing their applications. These are organized around theoretically and substantially relevant research areas and are currently organized as follows (contact persons in parentheses):
1.Action, Interaction and Social Relationships (Prof. Ilkka Arminen and University lecturer Kari Vesala)
2.Comparative Study of Social Change (University lecturer Sirpa Wrede and prof. Anu Kantola)
3.Cultural and Social Diversities and Intergroup Relations (Prof. Inga Jasinskaja-Lahti)
4.Knowledge, Technology and Environment (Profs. Janne Hukkinen and Petri Ylikoski)
5.Media and Global Communication (University lecturer Mats Bergman)
6.Population, Health and Living Conditions (Prof. Pekka Martikainen)
7.Social and Cultural Anthropology (Prof. Sarah Green)
8.Social Psychology (Prof. Anna-Maija Pirttilä-Backman)
9.Social Work and Welfare Policies (Profs. Ilse Julkunen and Marjaana Seppänen)
10.Statistical Modeling (Profs. Krista Lagus and Mikko Myrskylä)
11.Urban Studies/Urban Academy (Profs. Anne Haila and Matti Kortteinen)
12.Social Policy (Profs. Anne Kouvonen and Heikki Hiilamo)
The duties of a doctoral candidate are to work on his or her own doctoral thesis and to complete his or her postgraduate studies. The duties can include also teaching and other tasks. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5 % of the annual working time.
The University of Helsinki offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience. The salary is 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 is EUR 2065-3022 per month, depending on the appointee's qualifications and experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four months.
The appointee must obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment. The appointee must hold a second-cycle degree (e.g. master's degree or equivalent) and have a high quality research proposal, which shows the links between the planned dissertation research and the research expertise within the doctoral programme.
Other requirements include proven ability and motivation, demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. Fluency in English language is required.
If the applicant does not yet have a right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, s/he needs to apply for a study right following a separate procedure. This is very important: applicants without being granted the right to study towards a PhD at the University of Helsinki cannot be awarded a position in the doctoral program. This is not automatic: applicants are advised to apply for this study right at the same time as the application for funding. Please note that it is important that candidates familiarize themselves with the research and skills of the staff in the field in which they wish to work, and, if possible, secure the agreement of at least one member of staff to act as a potential supervisor.