domingo, 25 de septiembre de 2011

The Finnish graduate school in population genetics

The Finnish graduate school in population genetics
The graduate school in population genetics is funded by the Ministry
of Education and Culture and the Academy of Finland. The school builds
a doctoral program and trains graduate students in the broad area of
population genetics. The students take formal courses and carry out
research work and complete a doctoral thesis in about four years.
The students entering the school should join a research project
led by one of the supervisors that are members of the school. The
topics covered by different projects include evolutionary genetics,
bioinformatics, genetic epidemiology, gene mapping, plant and animal
breeding, conservation genetics, molecular anthropology and archaeology,
and risks associated with GMO (more information can be found at
http://www.oulu.fi/biology/PopGenSchool/index.html). The working place
depends on the research group and the supervisor. The minimum starting
salary (1740 EUR) is set by the Ministry of Education and Culture
which finances the graduate school, but the local university (research
group) normally pays a somewhat higher salary. The positions include
minor teaching duties. Each student will apply for study rights for a
Ph.D. at the University they have chosen. The criteria can differ between
Universities and more information on the Ph.D. studies at each university
can be found for Oulu at http://www.oulu.fi/yliopisto/uniogs, for Helsinki
at http://www.helsinki.fi/admissions/postgraduate_applicants.htm
and for Turku at
http://www.utu.fi/en/studying/students/degree/postgraduate/index.html.

The school announces five positions for PhD students, starting at the
beginning of 2012. The positions are maximally for four years. The
application should include (when applicable):

1. Filled application form which can be found at
http://www.oulu.fi/biology/PopGenSchool/news.htm
2. CV including the topic and grade of MSc thesis (max 2 pages)
3. a list of publications
4. a training plan for PhD studies (what type of formal training,
courses etc you would like to have)
5. a short (half a page) description of a career plan (why this
type of training)
6. a plan for PhD research (a research plan or a good description of the
direction the student wants to take), including information on
potential supervisors (max 2 pages)
7. contact information of two referees

Please send the filled application form to lumi.viljakainen@oulu.fi.
The other documents (2.-7.) should be sent (as a single pdf-file) to
kirjaamo@oulu.fi (subject: Application for Population Genetics
Graduate School position) or by regular mail University of Oulu,
Kirjaamo, PL 8000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland). The deadline
for the applications is 14 October 2011 by 3PM.

If necessary, some of the applicants may be invited for an interview
in early November. The results of the call will be published on the
graduate school web page by November 15. The students chosen for the
positions or those on the reserve list will be notified by personal
email.

For additional information, please contact Outi Savolainen
(Outi.Savolainen@oulu.fi) or the coordinator of the school
(Lumi.Viljakainen@oulu.fi) or directly the project leader you would
like to work with
(http://www.oulu.fi/biology/PopGenSchool/index.html).