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Doctoral Programme of Exact Sciences (Exactus-DP), Finland


Open Call for applicants for seven (7) four-year doctoral student positions in the Doctoral Programme of Exact Sciences (Exactus-DP) at the University of Oulu, Finland

Doctoral training environment

The Exactus-DP ( operates in the broad fields of physics, chemistry, and mathematics. For detailed information, see the links below:

General description of the positions and the requirements for selection

The Exactus-DP invites applications for seven full-time doctoral student positions for up to four years during the period 2016-2019. The positions are available from the 1st January, 2016. The work contract will generally include a 4-month trial period. Please see the General Call Text for more information concerning the employment terms, eligibility and minimum requirements for the doctoral student positions.

The main criteria that will be used by the management committee of Exactus-DP in selecting the candidates include: the type and depth of the applicant’s prior education and qualifications; the grades obtained for the previous relevant degree(s) as demonstrated in the official transcript of records; the applicant’s possible publication record; a statement of research interest; and recommendation letters from former supervisors and professors. Equal opportunity practices concerning gender, race, nationality, and disability are respected.

The candidate should establish contact with a prospective supervisor associated with the Exactus-DP prior to submitting an application. The supervisor, who is a professor, adjunct-professor, or docent, or equivalent, must be clearly identified in the application form (full name, title, position, research unit and/or faculty at the University of Oulu). Contact information of potential supervisors can be found from the links in the beginning of this call text. A letter of reference from the proposed supervisor must be attached to the applicant’s application (see below).

All applications must include:

  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: Exactus-YourName-CV; Exactus-YourName-Diplomas; Exactus-YourName-Reference.

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 (Max. 2 pages), and a list (with full reference details) of any peer-reviewed scientific publications. (Max. size limit of the attachment: 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 of the attachment: 2 Mbytes).
  3. Other attachment:  the following 3 items must be compiled into a single document (Max. size of the attachment: 2 Mbytes).
    1. Short statement of research interest (Max. 1 page)
    2. A letter of reference from a senior scientist working in one of the Exactus research groups, and who is proposed as, and is interested in being, the applicant’s Principal Supervisor. This letter will include a justified recommendation for the recruitment of the applicant. If the time required to complete the doctoral studies is expected to be shorter than four years, this should be stated in the letter of reference.
    3. Recommendation letters from former supervisors and professors.

Important:    Unless explicitly stated in the letter of reference (4b above), the recommendation of the proposed supervisor does not bind the latter to any form of commitment in the event that the selection committee does not award the position for which the letter of reference was provided to the applicant. If the supervisor provides a letter of reference to more than one applicant, the supervisor may be asked later, during the selection process, to provide the selection committee with a justified ranking of the applicants.

Click here to proceed to the online Application Form and to submit all documents for the Exactus-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.

For further information concerning these positions in the Doctoral Programme in Exact Sciences (Exactus-DP), please contact:

DP Coordinator Pertti Rautiainen: (e-mail: pertti.rautiainen (at)

Further Information

Application Deadline : 21 August 2015

Doctoral Programme of Exact Sciences (Exactus-DP) : PDF

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