The University grants funds for doctoral school and programmes to recruit doctoral researchers. In addition, for example research projects may hire doctoral researchers through their own funding.
Doctoral researchers funded by the University of Helsinki have an employment contract with the University of Helsinki and work in one of the units of the University. If you have been recruited to the position of a doctoral researcher, the same rights, responsibilities and principles apply to you as to other University employees and you must always agree on trips and longer research visits with your supervisor while complying with the travel practices of the University.
Your main duty is dissertation work but your position will always include some teaching duties. In addition to salary and social security, as an employee you are entitled to, for example, occupational healthcare, work facilities and equipment and other services for staff.
An employment relationship becomes valid when you have been chosen for a position and you have signed an employment contract with the University. The contract is always drawn up in writing and it is signed by the employee, the person responsible for recruitment as a representative of the University and the person responsible for human resources in the unit where the employment contract is signed. Employment contracts for doctoral researchers are drawn up and their human resources matters are handled by the University Services’ on-site HR service team in the unit where the doctoral candidate works. Contact information for the staff at the on-site services is available in Flamma, under the My Unit section.
Please note that if you have been recruited to a doctoral researcher position, but have not yet been granted the right to pursue doctoral studies, you must acquire this right during your employment trial period. Acquaint yourself with the instructions for applying for a study right well in advance before the next application round and ensure that you are eligible.