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Doctoral Researcher On The Operation Of Social Networks In Child Welfare Project

Helsinki, Finland
Closing date
22 Dec 2023

The Faculty of Social Sciences and CHILD SOCNET -project of the University of Helsinki invite applications for the position of DOCTORAL RESEARCHER for a fixed 2-year term starting on 1 Jan 2024 (or as agreed). Successful candidates are expected to work full-time.

The doctoral researcher position is part of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health funded CHILD SOCNET research project at the University of Helsinki. CHILD SOCNET -project aims to provide an overall understanding of the operation of social networks in child welfare and related fields. The project consists of three work packages, where social network data will be collected from the child welfare clients, workers, teams, and organisations that present 3–4 well-being services counties in Finland.

The doctoral researcher will be a member of four-person CHILD SOCNET research team and consortium (Universities of Helsinki and Lapland). Together with the team, the doctoral researcher will carry out the project from ethical reviewing and applying research permits further to data collection, analysis, writing and publishing. The doctoral researcher will be responsible for one of the work packages. The specific content of the doctoral researcher’s work package will be discussed among the team and agreed on at the later phase.

The duties also include teaching and other tasks. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5 % of the annual working time.


Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in a field that is relevant to the research topic (e.g. social work, social policy, sociology).

The applicant should have a good command of quantitative research methods and statistical software such as SPSS or R. The applicant benefits from previous experience of working with social network analysis and visualisation software.

Fluency in Finnish and English language is required. Other requirements include proven ability and motivation, demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies.

The appointee is expected to apply for and obtain the right for a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki within the probationary period of six months of their appointment.

Applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background or from members of minority groups are particularly welcomed.


By completing the doctoral research as part of the CHILD SOCNET -project, the appointee will have a unique opportunity to interact with a large number of junior and senior researchers based in several faculties of the University of Helsinki and their international networks.

The University of Helsinki is an equal opportunity employer and offers an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The monthly gross salary will range from approximately from €2.500 to €3.200 depending on their qualifications and experience. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.

In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development.


Applicants are requested to enclose with their application the following documents in English:

  1. A curriculum vitae (max 2 pages)
  2. A list of publications
  3. Letter of motivation describing the candidate’s interest and suitability to the project (up to 1000 words).
  4. Recommendation from up to two referees and their contact details.

Detailed information on the CV and list of publications can be obtained online.

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link "Apply now" below. Applicants who are currently employed by the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP Fiori portal ( The closing date for the applications is 22 November , 2023.


Further information about the position may be obtained from Professor Timo Harrikari,

In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact HR Specialist Minna Maunula,


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 550. Each year the faculty awards some 300 Bachelor’s degrees, 400 Master’s degrees, and more than 40 doctoral degrees.

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