PhD, Post-doc, University of Helsinki (Finland)

The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, invites applications for the position of DOCTORAL CANDIDATE or POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER for a two-year, full-time fixed term starting 1 May 2020 (or as agreed; no later than 1 September 2020).

The appointee 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 and family-based, genetically informed research designs to study criminality, mental health, and related factors. The appointee will contribute to an ongoing research project examining effects of parental criminality and incarceration on offspring psychiatric and developmental outcomes, and is expected to publish the results in top-level international peer reviewed scientific journals. The project will 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 salaried position will cover two years of the candidate’s doctoral studies; complementary funding will be applied together with the appointee for the remaining period. The position of a postdoctoral researcher is typically held for three to five years after the completion of a doctoral degree. The aim of the position is to encourage the appointee to further their skills and gain more experience to prepare them for an academic career.

In both positions, 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 programmes 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. QUALIFICATIONS

(A) Doctoral candidate. 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 already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment, or should apply for the right and obtain it within the probationary period of six months of their appointment. See:

(B) Postdoctoral researcher. The appointee needs to hold a doctoral 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 as demonstrated by published studies in peer-reviewed journals. Having experience in working with large-scale quantitative datasets is an asset. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to be highly motivated to pursue an academic career.


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. For the doctoral candidate, the annual gross salary range will be approx. 29,700 – 39,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. For the postdoctoral researcher, the annual gross salary range will be approx. 41,000 – 50,000 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.

For both positions:

1) A curriculum vitae, clearly indicating type and level of qualifications. 2) A list of publications (postdoctoral applicants should indicate three most important publications to be considered for the position). 3) 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. 4) Names and contact details of people possibly providing references.

Additionally, for the position of postdoctoral researcher:

5) A summary (max. 2 pages) of the applicant’s scholarly activities including: summary of previous original research, academic networks and collaboration, disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities, success in obtaining research funding, and other relevant details.

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

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System:

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

The application period closes: 22.03.2020 23:59 EET