Doctoral Student in the field of Medicinal Chemistry
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Pharmacy, Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology

The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the world's leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The university has an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 17 other locations.


The Faculty of Pharmacy, Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, invites applications for the position of a


DOCTORAL STUDENT in the field of Medicinal Chemistry


The appointment is for 5 years, starting 1st of January 2020. The position will be filled with 6 months trial period.


We are looking for an applicant with a MSc degree in pharmacy or chemistry.


The position of the doctoral student will be located at the Division of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, Medicinal Chemistry Group. The main research focus of the Medicinal Chemistry Group is drug discovery by synthesizing new small molecular compounds.


The duties of a doctoral candidate are to work on her/his own doctoral thesis and to complete her/his postgraduate studies. The appointee for a doctoral student position must obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Helsinki and approval by a suitable doctoral program. More information about the application process:


The duties also include other tasks and teaching pharmaceutical chemistry and organic chemistry to pharmacy students, requiring sufficient skills in the Finnish language. Teaching related duties will cover a maximum of 20 % of the total working hours.


Successful candidate is expected to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary research team is also required. Previous experience in synthetic organic chemistry and drug discovery is considered a benefit. The research field of the PhD studies is medicinal chemistry.


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 salary of a doctoral student will be about 2200-2500 EUR per month. Standard Finnish pension benefits and occupational health care are provided for university employees.


The application should include a motivation letter (max 1 page) and a complete CV with:
• education/previous degrees obtained (preferably accompanied by a copy of the latest diploma)
prior work/research experience and list of possible publications
• other relevant information to demonstrate qualifications of the applicant
• recommendation letter(s) or contact information of one or more references
The above mentioned attachments must be submitted as a single pdf file.


Please submit your application with attachments by 31 October 2019 using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply Link. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. Please fill in only the mandatory fields (*) in the Recruitment System, and deliver the attachments as a single pdf file.


Enquiries about the position should be addressed to prof. Jari Yli-Kauhaluoma: jari.yli-kauhaluoma(at), +358-50-4151604.


In case you need technical support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment(at)


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Due date

31.10.2019 23:59 EET

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