Doctoral education pilot

Have you thought about pursuing a doctoral degree? The University of Oulu is recruiting 98 doctoral researchers as part of the new doctoral education pilot funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
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Join the doctoral pilot!

The University of Oulu is proud to announce 98 fully funded three-year doctoral researcher positions starting in 2024-2025. The positions offer a carefully structured and supported doctoral pathway with in-built academic and industrial networks.

Come and start your career with us!

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When to apply

Positions will begin in August 2024 and January 2025, with calls opening in March-April and September-October of 2024.

We will update the information on open positions below.

Open positions right now

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PhD in 3 years: Doctoral Researchers with the Doctoral Education Pilot for Mathematics of Sensing, Imaging and Modelling (DREAM) (Apply by 20 April, 2024)

PhD in 3 years: 9 Doctoral Researchers in Software Engineering (Apply by April 22, 2024)

Working as a doctoral researcher at the University of Oulu

The University of Oulu is one of the largest and most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. As a member of our staff, you'll enjoy both scientific excellence and work-life balance. Find out what it's like to work as a researcher at the University of Oulu.

Oulu life, good life

The Oulu region is home to 215, 000 people, making it the largest urban center in northern Scandinavia. In the sea-side city of Oulu, life is affordable, you are never far away from anywhere, and the beautiful, clean northern nature is close by. Oulu's four seasons offer a wide range of outdoor activities.

About the doctoral education pilot

The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture has allocated EUR 255 million to universities for piloting new practices in doctoral education in 2024–2027. This funding will be allocated to 1,000 doctoral researchers who will have a three-year employment contract to complete their doctoral degree.

Pilots are led by national consortiums which make up networks of interested parties in universities, industries and the third sector, all committed to creating new and improved ways of supporting doctoral researchers. A specific focus will be on ensuring strong working-life connections in academia and outside it. The pilots were selected based on an international review carried out by the Research Council of Finland.

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