Doc­toral Stu­dent on Re­gister-Based Crim­in­o­lo­gical Research

Helsinki, Finland
22 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
15 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, invites applications for the position of


for a four-year, full-time, fixed-term period starting 13 September 2021 (or as agreed).

The appointees will work at the Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy (KRIMO) in the research group of associate professor Antti Latvala. Latvala’s research utilizes nationwide register data from Finland and Sweden and family-based, genetically informed research designs, as well as other quasi-experimental methods to study criminality, mental health, and related factors. The appointees will contribute to a beginning project examining effects of parental incarceration on offspring mental health, criminality and developmental outcomes, or other criminality-related research projects. The appointees are expected to publish the results in top-level international peer reviewed scientific journals. The projects may include collaboration with researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

The duties of the doctoral candidate are to work on his/her doctoral thesis and to complete his/her postgraduate studies. The duties also include teaching and other tasks. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5% of the annual working time and take place in the context of the Bachelor and Master’s programs in Social Research, Faculty of Social Sciences. Other tasks may include contributing to ongoing projects in the research group as well as preparing grant applications.


Applicants must hold a master’s degree in (Quantitative) Social Sciences, Criminology, Psychology, Epidemiology/Public Health, or other relevant field; have strong quantitative methods skills and an excellent command of written English. Other requirements include proven ability and motivation, demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal.

In addition, the appointee should apply for and obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki within the probationary period of six months of their appointment. See:


We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The annual gross salary range of a doctoral candidate will be approx. 29,700 – 39,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information at The appointee is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.


Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents. Please compile all documents as a single pdf file.

  1. A curriculum vitae, clearly indicating type and level of qualifications.
  2. A statement (max 1 page) explaining the applicant’s motivation to apply for the position and how his/her expertise would productively contribute to research on intergenerational effects in criminology, or other criminality-related topic.
  3. Names and contact details of 2 referees
  4. A list of publications (optional).

For instructions about preparing the CV and list of publications, please see

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki must submit their application via the SAP HR portal, The application period closes on 15 August, 2021.


Further information about the positions and the research project may be obtained from associate professor Antti Latvala (,

In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact

The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. Through the power of science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is Finland’s leading research and education institution in the social sciences, and also the most diverse in terms of its disciplines. In several research fields the Faculty belongs to the top 50 in the international rankings. The Faculty has a strong international profile both in research and teaching programmes. The number of academic staff stands at 350. Each year the faculty awards some 350 Bachelor’s degrees, 400 Master’s degrees, and more than 40 doctoral degrees. For more information on the Faculty of Social Sciences, please visit Faculty website on

Due date

15.08.2021 23:59 EEST