Doctoral students should consider their career and employment goals already when the application for doctoral studies is being planned. Studies should then be planned with these goals in mind. It is worth considering:

  • How the topic of the dissertation is connected to the career and employment goals, or is it?
  • What courses and training modules should be selected as part of optional studies?
  • For whom and which part of the dissertation or other completed research and publications should be publicised?

Personal employment readiness, job search skills and networks are worth developing over the course of doctoral studies. Whether the future post is at the university or not, doctors too require general-level professional skills. For example, project management, management, communication, and people skills are valuable in any job.

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Academic research career

The University of Jyväskylä employs a four-stage research career model, the aim of which is to recruit the best researchers and teachers and promote researchers’ planned career progress. The employee’s work plan and is created together with his or her line manager and its implementation is monitored in development discussions.

The four-level research career model is a whole of which the tenure track model is a part. All positions (contracts) on the different levels of the research career model are not tenure track positions. Ministry of Education and Culture has defined evaluation-based promotion for permanent positions as a key element of a tenure track based system (OPM 13/2006: 31, 42).

The research career stages are as follows (main source: Rector’s decision on personnel matters 17.12.2015):

  • Stage one: Doctoral Student
  • Stage two: Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Stage three: Senior Researcher/Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor (tenure track)
  • Stage four: Professor

For more information on research careers at the University of Jyväskylä, see: