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University of Eastern Finland enhances university-​business collaboration in doctoral education

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The University of Eastern Finland has launched a new shared doctoral student position system that seeks to strengthen links to the world of work in doctoral education. In a call opened today, the university is inviting applications for a total of 20 early stage researcher positions in all fields and doctoral programmes of the university. The university will pay half of each early stage researcher’s salary, while the other half will be covered by the early stage researcher’s employer.

“The goal is to make the skills and expertise of our doctoral graduates increasingly extensively available to business and industry, and to society at large in the future. With these shared early stage researcher positions, we want to support especially doctoral students who have suspended their postgraduate studies due to finding employment outside the university,” Academic Rector Tapio Määttä says.

The persons selected to the shared doctoral student position system will complete their doctoral research as early stage researchers at the university, while also working for an external employer. The early stage researcher positions available in the shared doctoral student system require a commitment by the external employer to a parallel contract of employment and to the employee working on his or her doctoral research full time. The external employer can be, e.g., a company, an association, a research institute, a municipality or some other public sector organisation.

“This is a new kind of funding system for doctoral education, where the doctoral student’s salary is shared between the university and an external employer. Persons to be funded through the system need to be postgraduate students enrolled at the University of Eastern Finland and they must meet the student admissions and qualification requirements of the doctoral programme they are applying to,” Määttä says.

The early stage researcher positions available in the shared doctoral student position system will be filled for a minimum of one, and a maximum of four years, starting on 1 January 2021. The deadline for applications is 31 August 2020.

Link to the call for applications to early stage researcher positions in the shared doctoral student position system:

Further information on the university’s doctoral programmes in UEF Doctoral School website.

For further information, please contact:
Academic Rector Tapio Määttä, tel. +358 50 575 1589, tapio.maatta(at)