Doctoral Programme in Environment, Society and Technology in the North (Aurora DP)

Call for five (5) four-year doctoral student positions in the fields of Natural sciences, Environmental sciences, Human and health sciences, and Engineering sciences, at the University of Oulu, Finland

1. General description of Aurora DP

Aurora DP - Doctoral Programme in Environment, Society and Technology in the North is coordinated by Thule Institute, a research center at the University of Oulu focusing on interdisciplinary research and doctoral training in the fields of environmental, northern and Arctic issues and natural resources. Aurora DP provides systematic and comprehensive doctoral training, which promotes and strengthens high-quality research in the University of Oulu strategic focus area on environment, natural resources and materials. Aurora DP provides courses and training that will assure the students good working-life skills needed both in the work-place and in the society.

The underlining drive for Aurora DP is change in the North and the need to study its impact on ecosystems and societies and to find sustainable mitigation solutions. The DP covers widely the research fields of Natural sciences, Environmental sciences, Human and health sciences, and Engineering sciences.

Aurora DP deepens the doctoral students’ understanding in their field of research and helps them to achieve the abilities to independently and critically apply the valid research methods to create new scientific knowledge. The DP has adopted in its practices the EU principles for doctoral training.

Aurora DP promotes collaboration between complementary research teams in Finland and abroad/internationally. This includes collaboration between doctoral students and supervisors at the joint meetings and in students’ follow-up groups. Aurora DP also benefits from the international and national networks of Thule Institute.

2. Description of the positions available

Aurora DP invites applications for five (5) full-time doctoral student positions for a maximum of four years, starting earliest on 1.1.2016. The open positions will be placed in the relevant research groups within the three main themes of Aurora DP. Selections per theme depends upon the scientific quality of the applicants and the number of applicants for each theme. The main themes of the DP are:

  • Climate Change and the Northern Environment
  • Human Health and Community Wellbeing in the Circumpolar North
  • Sustainable Resources Management

The positions will be placed in relevant research groups within the doctoral programme. More information is available on our web pages on the Aurora DP themes.

3. Selection procedure and criteria

The doctoral programme student selection and admission procedures follow the good practices set by the Ministry of Education (Development of doctoral education, 2006).

All applications will be evaluated by two to four independent evaluators. Based on the evaluations, the doctoral programme Board will make the final selections of the candidates to be awarded doctoral student positions.

The selection procedure and criteria are described in detail at Selection procedure and criteria of salary-based doctoral student positions.

4. Documents and submission of applications

All applicants must include the following documents in their application:

1.       A completed online “Application Form” (see below); 

The following documents must be attached to the online “Application Form” as single Portable Document Format (PDF) attachments (i.e. compiled into a total of 3 separate documents). Each attachment will have the following respective file names: Aurora-YourName-CV; Aurora-YourName-Diplomas; and Aurora-YourName-Plan. Replace “YourName” with your own last name (as in your passport).

       Warning: Incorrectly named attachments may not be processed correctly.

  1. CV: Curriculum Vitae of the applicant including a list of publications (with full reference details). (Max. 2 pages, 5 Mbytes).
  2. Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned electronic copies of diplomas and transcripts of the records of relevant previous degrees and, if applicable, a valid certificate of language proficiency (see the General Call Text). If the original documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, each document must be accompanied by an official certified translation into English or Finnish. (Max. size limit: 2 Mbytes).
  3. Research plan or research idea:        based on the position (Max. 2 pages, 2 Mbytes). After the selection, the plans of successful applicants will be refined together with the supervisors.

Click here to proceed to the online Application Form and to submit all documents for the Aurora-DP doctoral student positions.

All application documents are to be submitted electronically, before the deadline on Friday 21.08.2015, at 24.00 (midnight, Finnish local time, UTC + 3hr). If an applicant submits more than one application for these positions, only the most recent submission received before the deadline will be considered.

Applications received after the deadline, or incomplete applications, will not be considered.

5. Other relevant information

All new students selected for the doctoral student positions advertised in this call will be subject to a four-month trial period at the beginning of their employment.

Selected applicants will be contacted by e-mail during the second or third weeks of October, 2015. The final list of selected students will be published on the University of Oulu Graduate School web pages by 3rd November 2015.

6. Contact information for doctoral programme-related issues

Aurora DP Coordinator Riitta Kamula
Email:riitta.kamula @
Phone:+358 294 48 3566
Address: Thule Institute, P.O. Box 7300

Viimeksi päivitetty: 9.6.2015