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.
To be eligible to apply, you must be a researcher with up to four years of experience since PhD completion (degree certificate issued 26 Sep 2013–30 Sep 2017), 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 on the mobility requirement, please see Appendix 7 of the September 2017 call text.
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 3 A of the September 2017 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 (Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers), which means some 2,900–4,100 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 2 D of the September 2017 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 2018–31 August 2021, 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 for Academy Project funding (incl. a consortium subproject) or for funding for a research post as Academy Research Fellow or Postdoctoral Researcher. If you do submit more than one application for any of these funding opportunities, or apply for more than
one type of such funding, we will only review the first application to arrive. Applications that are not reviewed will not be eligible for funding.
An applicant for a research post as Postdoctoral Researcher can be named as a researcher in the application of another applicant, but with a different research plan. Applicants must indicate this in their application.
The Academy’s research councils may apply different policies when they grant funding. For more information on the policies of Academy research councils, see Appendix 2 D of the September 2017 call text and Research councils on our website.
The Postdoctoral Researcher’s site of research is an organisation based in Finland via which the Academy’s funding is paid. During the funding period, the Postdoctoral Researcher may work at other sites for periods of varying durations, for example at foreign universities.
Research at EUI or IIASA
The European University Institute (EUI) can receive up to two Academy-funded Postdoctoral Researchers at a time to carry out research at the EUI for 1–2 years. Funding for this opportunity is applied for as part of the three-year research post as Postdoctoral Researcher. If you are interested in working at the EUI, please read about EUI research before applying and contact the Academy’s EUI contact person (see below) when drafting your application. You need not append a separate invitation from the EUI to 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. The applicant’s research must be linked to one of IIASA’s research projects. The applicant agrees the length of the visit with IIASA and appends the invitation to the application for Postdoctoral Researcher funding. Contact the Academy’s IIASA contact person for more details (see below).
Appendices to application
The required appendices are listed in Appendix 1 A of the September 2017 call text.
How to apply
The non-negotiable deadline for applications is 27 September 2017 at 16.15 local Finnish time. Draft 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.
In the research plan (under Implementation), enter the monthly salary (excl. indirect employee costs) you have agreed with the site of research, together with a justification (by type of expenditure) for the estimated total project costs (incl. research costs). Itemise the research costs for each expenditure type.
Biosciences and Environment Research Unit:
- Science Adviser Outi Ala-Honkola, tel. +358 295 335 029
- Science Adviser Laura Forsström, tel. +358 295 335 041
- Senior Adviser Timo Kolu, tel. +358 295 335 044
Culture and Society Research Unit:
- Science Adviser Siru Oksa, tel. +358 295 335 125
- Science Adviser Päivi Pihlaja, tel. +358 295 335 016
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Unit:
- Science Adviser Maaria Lehtinen, tel. +358 295 335 061
- Senior Science Adviser Kati Sulonen, tel. +358 295 335 110
Health Research Unit:
- Senior Science Adviser Aki Salo, tel. +358 295 335 104
- Senior Science Adviser Sirpa Nuotio, tel. +358 295 335 082
Research at EUI (www.eui.eu):
- Science Adviser Päivi Pihlaja, tel. +358 295 335 016
Research at IIASA (www.iiasa.ac.at):
- Science Adviser Laura Kitti, tel. +358 295 335 152