The research areas covered by the Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography and Geology (BGG) are traditionally strong fields at the University of Turku. The Doctoral Programme creates a multidisciplinary and internationally active framework for natural scientific research on humans, populations and the environment. The research at the doctoral programme covers ecology, evolutionary biology, physiology, genetics, environmental biology, environmental science, biodiversity, human geography, physical geography, geoinformatics, economic geography, geology and mineralogy, quaternary geology and applied geology. The research fields are also connected by The University of Turku Laboratory of Geoinformatics (UTU-LCC) as well as by the research and teaching activities at the field stations. BGG operates in the following thematic research profiles of the University of Turku: Digital Futures and Sea and maritime studies. The website of the programme can be found at www.utu.fi/BGG.
1. The right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Turku can be applied for by:
• Persons who meet the eligibility criteria for pursuing a doctoral degree, as stipulated in the Universities Act (558/2009, Section 37) as well as the eligibility criteria for the right to study for a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The degree that gives eligibility for the right to pursue a doctoral degree must be completed by the application deadline, 20 September 2019. Students graduating after the application deadline may apply, on the condition that the scanned copy of the original degree certificate (in the original language) and final transcript, and their English, Finnish or Swedish translations are submitted and arrive at the at the University of Turku (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15 November 2019.
2. A fixed term doctoral candidate position can be applied for by:
• Persons who have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Turku in one of the disciplines represented by the Doctoral Programme in Biology, Geography, and Geology.
• Persons who have not yet been granted the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Turku, but who meet the eligibility criteria for the right to pursue a doctoral degree (see section 3.1), and whose research plan fits in the profile of the BGG Doctoral Programme. Because the right to pursue a doctoral degree is a precondition for receiving doctoral candidate position, the right to pursue a doctoral degree must also be applied for in this call for applications.
• A person who already has a doctoral degree is not eligible for fixed term doctoral candidate position. The doctoral candidate position is not entitled for persons who have earned four years full-time funding for doctoral studies.
According to Section 39 of the University of Turku Rules of Procedure a person selected for the post of a Doctoral Candidate is required to have a higher university degree and must have an accepted research plan. In addition, when acquiring his or her degree or otherwise, he or she is required to have demonstrated the ability and motivation to undertake postgraduate studies and the capacity to complete a doctoral degree in accordance with the research plan.
Application period is between 2 September – 20 September 2019
Applications are submitted using an electronic form. A link to the form will be published on the web page https://www.utu.fi/en/research/utugs/how-to-apply/call-for-applications. The application period starts on 2 September 2019 and closes on 20 September at 23.59. The electronic application consists of the electronic application form and attached pdf documents. Application documents should be prepared in English. Applications received after September 20 2019, will not be processed. Application documents will not be returned.
The pdf’s attached to the application should contain the following parts:
1. Curriculum vitae
2. List of publications
3. Research plan (at most four A4 pages, Times New Roman 12pt or equivalent). The research plan should include the name of the applicant, title of the planned research project and describe the research objectives, methods and required infrastructure or other resources, as well as the current status and planned timetable of the research.
4. Motivation letter (one A4 page, Times New Roman 12pt or equivalent).
5. Supervisor’s statement. A statement from the main supervisor of the doctoral thesis, which includes supervisor’s assessment of the applicant, the commitment of the supervisor towards the completion of the thesis project, the duration of the supervisor’s employment at the University of Turku, project funding plan (both secured and planned funding), and an es-timate of when the doctoral dissertation will be defended (autumn/spring of year 20xx).
If the applicant already has the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Turku in one of the disciplines represented by BGG, the following is required in addition to points 1–5:
6. Transcript of study records showing the studies that will be included in the doctoral degree.
7. Transcript of study records showing the studies included in the previous degree (MSc or equivalent) in case the applicant has conducted post-graduate studies less than 30 credits. If the transcript is not in Finnish, Swedish, or English, also an official Finnish, Swedish, or English translation has to be provided, or an English Diploma Supplement if the degree was ob-tained from a European institute of higher education.
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