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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD student positions in mathematics, Helsinki, FINLAND

The University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research 
universities in the world. The high-quality research carried out by the 
university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in 
various fields, and for utilisation in social decision-making and the 
business sector. The University of Helsinki is an international academic 
community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four 
campuses in Helsinki and at 17 other locations.

The University will introduce a doctoral education system consisting of 
four doctoral schools and 32 doctoral programmes at the beginning of 2014. 
The goal of the reform is to improve the quality and efficiency of the 
doctoral education.

The University of Helsinki invites applications for


in the Doctoral Programme for Mathematics and Statistics for a 1?4 year 
period starting from 1.1.2014.

The Doctoral Programme for Mathematics and Statistics offers PhD thesis 
topics and high-quality supervision in several areas of mathematics. These 
areas include analysis, inverse problems, mathematical biology, 
mathematical physics, mathematical logic and statistics. The Department of 
Mathematics and Statistics employes roughly 170 researchers with a 
remarkable scientific track record. The department hosts two Centres of 
Excellence granted by the Academy of Finland and two Academy Professors. 
Furthermore, the faculty holds two Advanced Grants and two Starting Grants 
of the European Research Council.

The duties of a doctoral student are to work on his or her own doctoral 
thesis and to complete his or her postgraduate studies. The duties also 
include teaching and other tasks.

A doctoral student must hold a second-cycle degree and have an approved 
research proposal. Other requirements include the ability and motivation, 
as demonstrated in previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue 
postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and 
research proposal. The appointee must hold the right to pursue a doctoral 
degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment.

A successful applicant needs to be able to communicate fluently in 
Finnish, Swedish or English.

The University of Helsinki offers a salary dependent on qualifications and 
work experience. The salary will be 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 will be 
EUR 2022?2970 per month, depending on the appointee?s qualifications and 
work experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four 

The application consists of

 An informal application letter,

 Curriculum Vitae,

 Copy of your MSc degree certificate,

 Research plan (including the name of the intended supervisor),

 Names of two people willing to recommend you for the position.

Please fill in the electronic form and upload the 
attachment files there.

Only applications received at the latest on October 31, 2013, will be 

For further information on the doctoral student positions, please contact 
Professor Samuli Siltanen ( For general 
information about the new doctoral programmes at University of Helsinki,