When applying for funding for a research post as Postdoctoral Researcher, you apply for funding for your own salary for three years. You use the same application to apply for funding for your own research costs. The aim of the funding for research posts as Postdoctoral Researcher is to support the most talented researchers who have recently completed their doctoral degree in gaining competence for demanding researcher or expert positions.
Postdoctoral Researchers have established effective national or international collaborative networks. In the review of applications, particular attention will be paid to the international dimension of the research plan. Postdoctoral Researchers are encouraged to engage in international mobility and collaboration.
We recommend that Postdoctoral Researchers provide (without separate compensation) supervision of thesis and dissertation writers in their own field and teaching associated with their field of expertise, covering 5% of annual working hours. However, no more than 10% of the annual working hours should be spent on teaching and other work not immediately associated with the researcher’s own research.
The total costs of a research post as Postdoctoral Researcher include funding for a 36-month salary, personal research costs and international and national mobility (e.g. travel and mobility allowance for a spell abroad). The recommended mobility allowances for research spells abroad are presented in Appendix 2 A of the September 2018 call text. Funding is not granted for salary costs of other persons.
The applicant and the site of research must agree on the Postdoctoral Researcher’s salary in advance. The salary is primarily determined according to job grade 5 of the pay scale of teaching and research staff, which means some 2,980–4,200 euros/month, depending on the researcher’s experience and the pay level at the site of research.
The Academy’s contribution to funding comes to no more than 70% of the total costs of the researcher’s salary and research costs. See Appendix 1 D of the September 2018 call text for the research councils’ average funding for Postdoctoral Researchers in the previous call.
The funding for a research post as Postdoctoral Researcher is granted for three years. The funding period is 1 September 2019–31 August 2022, and it can be changed only for compelling reasons (see Who is eligible to apply?). A person can be granted Postdoctoral Researcher funding only once.
Special conditions and restrictions
In the September call, we will consider only one application per researcher if the application concerns Academy Project funding (incl. a consortium subproject), Academy Research Fellow funding, Postdoctoral Researcher funding or clinical researcher funding. If you do submit more than one application for any of these funding opportunities, or apply for funding from more than one of them, we will only review the first application to arrive. Applications that are not reviewed will not be eligible for funding. An applicant for Postdoctoral Researcher funding may be named as a researcher in a concurrent application of another applicant. Applicants must notify this on the tab Research plan under Human resources.
The research councils may have their own principles concerning Postdoctoral Researcher funding. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the principles of the research council to which you will submit your application.
The Postdoctoral Researcher’s administrative site of research is a research organisation based in Finland via which the Academy’s funding is paid. This also applies to the interaction experiment of the Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering. During the funding period, however, the Postdoctoral Researcher may work at other sites for periods of varying durations, for example at foreign universities.
In the interaction experiment of the Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering, the researcher’s employer during the entire Postdoctoral Researcher term is the research organisation through which the Academy’s funding is channelled. Possible business collaboration must fulfil the terms set out in the Academy’s General conditions and guidelines for funding, section 10.1.
Research at EUI or IIASA
Those applying for Postdoctoral Researcher funding can also apply to do research at the European University Institute (EUI) as part of the Postdoctoral Researcher term. The EUI can receive up to two Academy-funded Postdoctoral Researchers at a time to carry out research at the EUI for 1–2 years. You need not append a separate invitation from the EUI to your application or contact the EUI. However, please read about EUI research before applying and contact the Academy’s EUI contact person (see below) when drafting your application.
During the Academy funding period, Postdoctoral Researchers can also visit the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), whose research focuses on global issues that require broad-based, multidisciplinary research cooperation. IIASA develops and utilises methods of systems analysis, but the applicant is not required to have knowledge of these methods. If your research is linked to one of IIASA’s research projects, you can agree the length of the visit with IIASA and append IIASA’s invitation to your application for Postdoctoral Researcher funding. Contact the Academy’s IIASA contact person for more details (see below).
Parts of the application
- curriculum vitae
- data management plan
- Finnish degree certificate or English-language degree certificate of a doctoral degree obtained abroad; please do not append any transcripts of records
- invitation by foreign university or research institute, if the research or part of it will be conducted abroad; please do not append any letters of recommendation
- statement by ethics committee or committee on animal experimentation
- progress report on all Academy-funded projects headed by the applicant that have not submitted final reports
- free-form invitation describing how the research is linked to the activities of the participating organisation (if you are applying for funding from the interaction experiment of the Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering)
The technical instructions concerning the application will be supplemented in August so that they are ready when the call opens on 10 September. You can use the previously published guidelines to help you prepare your application before the call opens. Please check the updated guidelines on our website before filling in your application.
How to apply
The non-negotiable deadline for applications is 1 October 2018 at 16.15 local Finnish time. Fill in the application in the Academy’s online services. Select Open calls > Funding for research post as Postdoctoral Researcher.
Draft the application so that the Academy’s contribution to funding comes to no more than 70% of the estimated total project costs. Read more on our website under Full cost model. In addition to salary costs, also include the necessary personal research costs in the estimated total costs.
Justify the project's estimated total costs by type of expenditure in the free-text fields on the tab Funding for the project. Itemise the research costs for each expenditure type.
To be eligible to apply, you must be a researcher with up to four years of experience since PhD completion (degree certificate issued 25 Sep 2014–1 Oct 2018), or up to eight years if you have obtained the degree simultaneously with medical specialist training.
Applicants who have completed their doctoral degree more than four years ago can be considered only for special reasons (maternity, paternity, parental or childcare leave, military service or nonmilitary service, or long-term illness). If you plead these special reasons, justify them in the application under Personal data/CV > Degrees > Additional information. If the reasons are strictly confidential, please contact the presenting official (see Contacts).
Mobility since PhD completion is required.The ‘mobility requirement’ is met if you apply for funding for a research post to a research environment other than the one in which you worked while completing your doctoral thesis.
If you are applying for funding to the same research environment, you will be required to provide proof that you have worked abroad or somewhere else in Finland for at least six months after completing your PhD. For more detailed guidelines, please see Appendix 6 of the September 2018 call text.
The Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering invites Postdoctoral Researcher applications from all fields it represents, but especially from chemical engineering, process technology, biomass processing technology, and electrical engineering and electronics. The Research Council has earmarked funding to increase the number of Postdoctoral Researchers in these fields.
Experiment to promote interaction between researchers and societal actors
The Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering has launched an experiment to promote the interaction between researchers and various societal actors. The aim of the experiment is to, for instance, facilitate exchange of information and promote the wider application of research results. The Research Council will therefore earmark part of its Postdoctoral Researcher funding budget for six Postdoctoral Researchers who during their terms will work short-term in companies, university hospitals, ministries, associations, educational institutions or other research-relevant organisations.
This interaction may be carried out in several periods, but the total time spent must not exceed six months over the three-year Postdoctoral Researcher term. During their visits, the Postdoctoral Researchers work according to their own research plan.
In the application, describe the work periods and collaboration as follows:
1) On the tab Mobility plan on the online form, describe how the work periods support the implementation of the research.
2) On the tab Research plan on the online form, under Collaborators, describe with whom you will collaborate and how the collaboration will promote interaction.
3) Append to your application an invitation from the organisation concerned; the invitation should describe how the proposed research is linked to the organisation’s activities.
Division of Biosciences, Health and Environmental Research:
- Science Adviser Outi Ala-Honkola, tel. +358 295 335 029
- Science Adviser Laura Forsström, tel. +358 295 335 041
- Senior Science Adviser Aki Salo, tel. +358 295 335 104
- Science Adviser Vesa Yli-Pelkonen, tel. +358 295 335 095
Division of Social Sciences and Humanities Research:
- Science Adviser Siru Oksa, tel. +358 295 335 125
- Science Adviser Päivi Pihlaja, tel. +358 295 335 016
- Science Adviser Jussi Varkemaa, tel. +358 295 335 140
Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research:
- Science Adviser Maaria Lehtinen, tel. +358 295 335 061
- Senior Science Adviser Kati Sulonen, tel. +358 295 335 110
Research at EUI (www.eui.eu):
- Science Adviser Päivi Pihlaja, tel. +358 295 335 016
Research at IIASA (www.iiasa.ac.at):
- Science Adviser Joona Lehtomäki, tel. +358 295 335 121