Neuro-Innovation ESR positions

Neuro-Innovation ESR positions – Call open on 6 April – 5 June!

The University of Eastern Finland invites applications for five Early Stage Researcher (PhD Student) positions in the EU-funded Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND DP project Neuro-Innovation: Research and innovation for brain health throughout life.

Neuro-Innovation training is a novel effort at UEF to integrate the university’s world-class neuroscience with top-level management, social, legal and computer science and applied physics. This integration will produce unique inter/multidisciplinary competence that contributes to brain health innovation in Europe and beyond by training future leaders in this area of research and practice. Contributing to UEF’s strategic HEALTHLIFE profile, the programme responds to the European and global challenge of supporting brain health throughout life.

The University of Eastern Finland’s high standard of interdisciplinary research provides solutions to global challenges and builds a sustainable future. Our research is based on open science that makes an impact. Our versatile research environments enable a high standard of scientific research at the UEF.

Your application should be based on one of the following research areas and topics:

The salary of the position is based on the salary system for the teaching and research staff at universities. The salary consists of the job-related salary element and the personal performance salary element. For this position, the job requirement level used to determine the job-related salary element is 2–4 (2078,27 – 2591,28 €), and the personal performance salary element is 6–50 % of the job-related salary element. The estimated monthly salary in the beginning of the employment will be 2288,17 – 3163,95 € per month. The salary of an ESR depends on the phase of the doctoral dissertation and postgraduate studies as well as personal performance.

The person appointed as an ESR must hold an appropriate higher university degree or an equivalent degree that would qualify the person for doctoral studies.


A person appointed as an ESR:

  • must hold a MSc degree (or equivalent) and a research thesis (or equivalent) in related relevant field specified for each position
  • should not hold a doctorate or PhD
  • should have less than 4 years of research experience after graduation (Master’s Degree or equivalent based on which you are applying for this position) by 5 June 2022. In this context, the 4 years refer to a net period of time, which does not include maternity leaves, parental leaves or military service.
  • must have excellent command of English language
  • must fulfil the mobility requirement of the MSCA actions, i.e. ESRs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in Finland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before 5 June 2022. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not considered.


The application shall be submitted no later than 5 June 2022 by 24:00 hours Finnish time (11:00 pm CEST) by using the electronic application form for each positions.

A link to the electronic application is available in the description of each position.


Please note that the application is required to include the following appendices: 

  • certified copies of BSc and MSc degree diplomas / certificates and copies of these relating to applicant’s language proficiency (if not indicated in the academic degree), transcripts of these records in English. If the proof of English language skills has not been demonstrated in an academic degree and the applicant has not taken the English language test, the English language skills will be assessed in the interview for the position.
  • curriculum vitae (CV) (see template and instructions)  
  • Master’s thesis (in any language), electronic copy (in zip file)
  • two-page summary of the Master’s thesis in English (in pdf file)
  • motivation letter (max three pages) describing the applicant’s motivation to pursue PhD studies in the chosen research area and topic.
  • When suggesting your own research topic or modifications to the given topic, the research idea needs to be described as part of the motivation letter and research ethics and infrastructure form must be attached to the application. Download the form below.
Guide for Applicants

Please see the Guide for applicants for further information about the process and evaluation criteria.

Neuro-Innovation Guide for Applicants (pdf)

Research Ethics and Infrastructure

Research Ethics and Infrastructure Form (docx)

European Charter & Code for Researchers

The selection process will follow the Charter and Code for the recruitment and selection of doctoral researchers.

By submitting application, the applicant commits to follow The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (pdf).


For further information on the application procedure, see the FAQ section on the Neuro-Innovation website or send email to