The Academy of Fine Arts is recruiting two doctoral candidates at the final stage of their doctoral studies

The Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts Helsinki is recruiting

two doctoral candidates at the final stage of their doctoral studies

for a six-month fixed-term position for the period of 1.9.2023-29.2.2024.

Job description

Duties of the doctoral candidate will include preparing a doctoral dissertation in fine arts and pursuing doctoral studies. In addition, the position includes further development of own artistic research. Under the supervision of a professor in artistic research, the doctoral candidate is obligated to participate in the Academy’s curriculum planning and development, as well as other relevant university activities and to provide teaching, but not lectures.

The doctoral candidates’ posts will be located at the Academy of Fine Arts, as a part of the Doctoral Programme in Artistic Research.

Eligibility and qualification requirements

A successful candidate for a doctoral candidate’s post is required to have a higher university degree or other sufficient knowledge and skills for the studies. A doctoral candidate is also required to have a right to study for a doctoral degree and an approved study and research plan. In addition, commitment to the research plan and progress in doctoral studies is required.

The person selected for the position must be a doctoral student enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts and at the final stage of doctoral studies. The appointment criterion is that the applicant has submitted their doctoral whole thesis for final pre-examination during spring 2023 by the end of the application period. Primarily, doctoral students who meet the appointment criterion closest to the target schedule of doctoral studies will be selected for the positions.              

Language skills

The languages of instruction at the Academy of Fine Arts are Finnish, Swedish, and English. The person appointed to the position of doctoral candidate may use Finnish and/or English. All applicants are required to have an excellent command of English. Language skills will be assessed in relation to the duties of the post.

Working hours and salary

The salary for the position will be based on level 3-4 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. The total amount in the beginning of the contract is EUR 2 640-2 990with the salary component depending on personal performance. 

The annual workload of the doctoral trainee is in accordance with the collective agreement 1,612 hours. Duties not associated with the doctoral trainee’s own research will not exceed 5% (81 hours) of their working hours per academic year, and consist of specifically agreed teaching and coordinating tasks.

The position requires working in Finland for the duration of the employment relationship. Thus, the assignment requires the doctoral candidate to reside officially in Finland for the duration of the employment relationship.

How to apply

The applications should be submitted through our electronic recruitment system by 23 June 2023 23.59 (UTC +2). You will receive an automatic reply from the system (check the spam folder if you can’t find the email with your username information in your inbox). Please save your application materials in Finnish, English or Swedish and in PDF form. The application consists of

  1. Motivation letter (1 page)
  2. A brief curriculum vitae (2 pages)
  3. Year of the beginning of doctoral studies, specification of possible official study breaks and submission date for the final pre-examination.
  4. Initial postdoc research idea and funding plan

Further information

For more information on the position please contact Professor in Artistic Research Mika Elo, e-mail