Doc­toral Stu­dent, Mod­el­ling and Ma­chine Learn­ing for Psy­cho­ther­apy Re­gisters

Helsinki, Finland
02 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
31 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Faculty of Medicine promotes scientific research of a high standard and is responsible for providing research-based undergraduate and postgraduate education in medicine, dentistry, psychology and logopedics, as well as for the English-language Master’s Programme in Translational Medicine. In addition to its teaching and research activities, the Faculty serves as a significant expert organisation in the healthcare sector and contributes to the discourse on ethics in the field. In terms of research, the Faculty aims for a place among the best medical faculties in the world, while consolidating and strengthening its status as a top-level institution of medical education.

Together with the Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) and the Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences (HiLIFE), the Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, constitutes the Academic Medical Center Helsinki (AMCH). This medical center has been very successful in international comparisons, ranking among the top 10 medical campuses in Europe and among the top 50 globally.

Faculty of Medicine, Quantitative Methods and Modeling research group, together with a local psychotherapy center, invites applications for a position of

DOCTORAL STUDENT IN Modelling and machine learning for psychotherapy registers

The tentative starting date for the position is 1st of January 2021 or as mutually agreed, possibly immediately after selection.

Dr. Tom Rosenström is setting up a new research group at the Department of Psychology and Logopedics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, working in collaboration with HUS Helsinki University Hospital’s division on IT-Psychiatry and Psychosocial Treatments. We are looking for a highly motivated doctoral student to join our team. The position is funded up to August 2023 and can be later extended to August 2025.

The group of Tom Rosenström is looking for outstanding candidates for a PhD Student trainee position to study what works in psychotherapy and to whom it suits, using modern statistics together with large psychotherapy registers. The novel approaches may also shed light to the still-open fundamental question of ‘why and how psychotherapy works’. We use a wide range of statistical techniques from machine learning and multivariate statistics to causal inference, together with multiple healthcare and national data registers.

We are looking for a creative thinker with strong analytical skills and high motivation to advance psychosocial treatment and mental health research. Our group is well-connected internationally and the hired PhD Student will have a chance to present her / his findings in national and international conferences, and also a longer period abroad may be discussed.

The PhD Student candidate must hold, or soon receive, a master’s degree, and have background in mental health research and / or statistical methods. The ability to think independently and an interest towards quantitative research approaches will be prioritized. Strong written and oral communication skills in English are required. At least some experience with programming is expected. Informal inquiries about the position prior to deadline are encouraged to tom.rosenstrom(at)

The appointee must apply and obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki within the probationary period of 6 months applied in the appointment.

The salary of the position is based on level 2 of the demands level table for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary will be 2200-2500 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The Faculty of Medicine has strong activities towards enhancing gender equality, diversity and employee wellbeing. The International Staff Services office assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland. The appointee will receive supervision from and collaborate with two supervisors who have expertise in statistical methods, psychology, psychotherapy and clinical psychiatry.
To apply for this fully funded PhD training position, please submit the application through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply for job by October 31, 2020. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) please submit your applications through the SAP HR portal.

In your application, please include:

  • a CV (with possible list of publications)
  • a copy of your transcript records (the courses completed during master’s and bachelor’s program; if you have not yet obtained your master’s degree, please include an estimated date for this)
  • contact details of 1-3 references
  • a cover letter (maximum 1 page) describing your research interests, experience in quantitative methods and/or mental health work and why you are an excellent candidate for this project.

Due date

31.10.2020 23:59 EET