Early Stage Researcher, UEF - Nordic UK Brain Network

We are now inviting applications for an Early Stage Researcher (Doctoral Student) position in the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Cofund DP project Neuro-Innovation: Research and innovation for brain health throughout life. The position at the Department of Social Sciences will start in early 2022. Read more below and submit your application no later than 15 August 2021.

This position is one of the 7 PhD positions available for highly motivated Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the Neuro-Innovation project in the Kuopio campus of the university. In the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, a total of 2 Early Stage Researcher positions will be filled in this first call. One of these positions will be filled with a person selected for the Welfare, Health and Management Doctoral Programme (WELMA). The number of ESRs selected in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies will be determined during the selection process and may change from what has initially been announced based on the eligibility of the applicants and the scoring of the applications.

The Department of Social Sciences makes use of a dialogue between different fields, looking for fresh and unique approaches to the challenges of social research. The research conducted by the department is internationally acclaimed and socially significant. The multidisciplinary doctoral programme in Welfare, Health and Management (WELMA) brings together two faculties and three different departments (psychology, social and health management and social sciences) in UEF. WELMA doctoral programme has strong links with emerging research fields: Welfare ruptures and Effectiveness of social and health care. The purpose of the doctoral programme is to produce researchers and specialists in the areas of welfare and social and health care and to strengthen the theoretical and methodological basis and the philosophy of science in this field.

The ESR position will be filled for four years starting in early 2022. Please find more information below and on the Neuro-Innovation website (www.uef.fi/neuro-innovation) and submit your application no later than August 15, 2021.

Role and salary

The selected ERS will work in multidisciplinary UEF - Nordic-UK Brain Network (UEF-NBN), in the Kuopio campus. The research groups main research interests are in the promotion of brain health and prevention of cognitive decline and dementia. For more details, see https://sites.uef.fi/neuro/uef-nordic-uk-brain-network/

The position in the Doctoral Programme in Welfare, Health and Management (WELMA)  is offered for the research topic of Care trajectories and transitions as predictors for late life social wellbeing.  You may modify this research topic or suggest your own topic in the field of neuro-innovation in your motivation letter. The main duty of the ESR is to complete their doctoral dissertation in accordance with their research proposal written in the beginning of the employment period. In the University of Eastern Finland, the objective is to complete the doctoral degree in a maximum of four years of full-time study. The position will be filled for a fixed term of four years starting from early 2022 or as agreed upon with the candidate. ESR positions are always filled for a fixed term. A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff.

The salary of the position is based on the salary system for the teaching and research staff at universities. The salary consists of the job-related salary element and the personal performance salary element. For this position, the job requirement level used to determine the job-related salary element is 2–4, and the personal performance salary element is 6–50% of the job-related salary element. The estimated monthly salary in the beginning of the employment will be 2,288.17 - 3,163.95 €/per month. The salary of an ESR depends on the phase of the doctoral dissertation and postgraduate studies as well as personal performance.

What we expect and wish from you 

We are looking for an ESR with passion for excellence in multidisciplinary gerontological research and societal impact. We are looking for candidates who seek to contribute to brain health innovation research with a keen eye on the application of research knowledge to the problems and challenges of society and elder care. The academic profile of the candidate should be in the social sciences and gerontological research. Overall, the candidate must be willing to combine complementary areas of knowledge in neurosciences, data sciences, social sciences, applied physics and/or law to complete the thesis project.

The person appointed as an ESR must hold an appropriate higher university degree or an equivalent degree that would qualify the person for doctoral studies.

Requirements for doctoral candidates:

  • hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) and a research thesis (or equivalent) in gerontology, social policy, public policy, social and health care or another related relevant social studies
  • should not hold a doctorate or PhD
  • should have less than 4 years of research experience after the graduation (Master’s Degree or equivalent based on which you are applying for this position) by August 15th, 2021. In this context, the 4 years refer to a net period of time, which does not include maternity leaves, parental leaves or military service.
  • excellent command of the English language is required

Mobility requirements for doctoral candidates:

  • fulfil the mobility requirement of the MSCA actions, I.e., at the time of recruitment, ESRs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in Finland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before August 15th, 2021. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not considered

What we can offer you  

  • An interesting position in an international, creative, participatory and engaging university community 
  • The possibility of flexible multi-location work 
  • Staff benefits of the University of Eastern Finland, including comprehensive occupational health care, versatile staff training opportunities, affordable campus restaurant lunches and Sykettä sports services 

How to apply  

The application shall be submitted no later than 15 August 2021 by 24:00 hours Finnish time (11:00 pm CEST) by using the electronic application form.

The objective is to offer the position to the most merited applicant by January-February 2022.

Please note that the application is required to include the following appendices: 

  • certified copies of BSc and MSc degree diplomas/certificates and copies of these relating to applicant’s language   proficiency (if not indicated in the academic degree), transcripts of these records in English.if the proof of English language skills has not been demonstrated in an academic degree and the applicant has not taken the English language test, the English language skills will be assessed in the interview for the position.
  • curriculum vitae (CV) (https://tenk.fi/en/advice-and-materials/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)  
  • Master’s thesis (in any language), electronic copy (in zip file)
  • two-page summary of the Master’s thesis in English (in pdf file)
  • motivation letter (max three pages) describes the applicant’s motivation to pursue PhD studies in the chosen research area and topic. When suggesting your own research topic or modifications to the given topic, the research idea needs to be described as part of the motivation letter and research ethics and infrastructure forms provided on the programme website must be attached to the application (for more specific instructions on the motivation letter, see www.uef.fi/neuro-innovation)


For further information on the position and the research topic for which it is offered, please visit www.uef.fi/neuro-innovation

For further information on the application procedure, please email neuroinno@uef.fi.

University of Eastern Finland in brief

The University of Eastern Finland is the most multidisciplinary university in Finland. We have approximately 15,500 students, and we employ 2,700 people. Our campuses are located in Joensuu and Kuopio. Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. We generate research-based knowledge and make it openly accessible for the benefit of all. UEF stands for action with impact that is relevant today and tomorrow. Learn more about our university at http://www.uef.fi/en.  

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies trains professionals and experts to the fields of history and geography, environmental policy, business, law, social sciences and health and social management (https://www.uef.fi/en/faculty-of-social-sciences-and-business-studies)

Neuro-Innovation: Research and innovation for brain health throughout life project is funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034307. Neuro-Innovation is a novel and globally unique four-year doctoral programme on research and innovation for brain health throughout life. A total of 14 competent and motivated Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be selected in two calls for multidisciplinary doctoral training which combines neurosciences with management, social, legal and computer sciences and applied physics. www.uef.fi/neuro-innovation