Doc­toral Stu­dent in An­imal Science

Helsinki, Finland
27 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
15 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Helsinki ( is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities and ranks among the top 100 universities in the world.

The internationally competitive research of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry ( provides science-based perspectives and methods for responding to future challenges in agriculture, food production and forestry in Finland as well as globally. The mission of the faculty is to promote the sustainable use of renewable natural resources through scientific research and research-based teaching.

The Department of Agricultural Sciences ( is one of the units of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The research themes of the Department cover agrotechnology, animal science, biotechnology, plant production sciences, and soil and environmental science.

The Department of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for the position of a DOCTORAL STUDENT IN ANIMAL SCIENCE from 15 March 2021 onwards or as agreed in the Leg4Life (Legumes for sustainable food system and healthy life) project funded by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland. The appointment will be until 31 August 2022. Further funding will be applied during the project. The probation period is 6 months.

The research focuses on utilization of legumes in dairy cow nutrition for sustainable animal production. It is carried out in the Leg4Life’s work package “Sustainable legume-supported agriculture” ( Leg4Life is a joint research project, which aims to achieve a comprehensive societal change towards healthier food system and climate neutral food production and consumption by increasing the use of legumes. It is a collaborative project involving also Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a master’s degree in animal science with emphasis in animal nutrition. We expect the candidate to be able to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research team, and to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. The duties of the doctoral student include conducting research in the project framework with the aim of achieving doctoral degree in accordance with the degree requirements of the University of Helsinki.

The appointee must obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki and approval by a suitable doctoral programme such as Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources (AGFOREE). The specific research plan and other application materials will be prepared together with the PhD supervisor(s) in the beginning of the employment period. Admission requirements and instructions for AGFOREE:

The salary is based on the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of the Finnish universities. Doctoral students typically start from level 2 and advance to level 3, when the research work and studies have advanced according to the plan and the publication work has begun, and eventually to level 4, when the time to completing the thesis is about one year. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. In total, the starting gross salary of a doctoral student is typically about 2200-2400 EUR per month.

Applications should include the following documents as a single pdf file: motivation letter expressing your interest in and suitability for the project (max 1 page), CV (max 2 pages) and possible publication list. Include also copies of university diplomas and contact information of two persons who can provide a reference letter based on request.

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki electronic Recruitment System via the link “Apply for the position” below. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki must submit their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is 15 February 2021.

For more information, please contact Professor Aila Vanhatalo:

Due date

15.02.2021 23:59 EET