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Doctoral Student Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, Finland


Institute of Behavioral Sciences invites applications for a position of


for a 2.5 year period starting from 1.2.2016 or according to an agreement.

The duties of the doctoral candidate are to work on his or her own doctoral thesis in a project funded by the Emil Aaltonen foundation on the topic of Computational Discovery Models in Psychiatric Diagnostics, and to complete his or her postgraduate studies. The project studies psychiatric phenomena using computational methods, and aims to develop mental-health diagnostics. Performance of the diagnostic systems is important for clinical practice and public health, but also has a significant impact on basic research. The duties can include also teaching and other tasks, such as working with further grant applications. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5% of the annual working time.

The appointee must hold a second-cycle degree (e.g. master’s degree). Other requirements include the ability and motivation to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal, as demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise. Candidates must be fully proficient in English.

The applicant will benefit from studies in statistics, mathematics, and/or computer science that support successful performance in the job, and from a strong interest towards the application area of psychology and psychiatry. Progress in the job necessitates continuous learning of relevant technical skills and skills of scientific reporting and argumentation.

The University of Helsinki offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience. The salary is based on levels 2–4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary is EUR 2051–3006 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four months.

An application should include a letter of motivation, CV, and a copy of the latest degree diploma. A letter of recommendation and/or contact information for 1-2 references may be attached, if possible. Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applications must be addressed to the Head of the Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Jussi Saarinen.

Further information is available from Tom Rosenström (E-mail:, Tel: +358 50 4484146).

Further Information

Application Deadline : 8 January 2016

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