Created 24.3.2023
Updated 24.3.2023

The LUT School of Engineering Sciences is starting a new MSCA COFUND programme next fall. The programme will recruit and train 13 doctoral candidates (DC), who will have two specifically designed secondments during the programme.

“We have 12 Finnish companies and 20 organizations committed to host the DCs during the secondments”, tells Mari Kallioinen-Mänttäri, the dean of the LUT School of Engineering Sciences. 

The secondment scheme included to the programme enables the doctoral students to have an academic secondment in an international university of high level and excellence and a non-academic secondment in companies in Finland. 

“With the secondment scheme, we maximize impact in and from doctoral training. We are also further enforcing the employability of the DCs by exposing them to even more company contacts”, Kallioinen-Mänttäri adds.


The recruitment is open for 13 new doctoral candidates

The Systems and Engineering Science Doctorate (SEED) is a 5 year long programme running from 2023 to 2028. The programme starts in September 2023 and the positions for 13 new doctoral candidates are now open. 

“The programme offers positions in engineering fields relevant to addressing global challenges, such as climate change, water conservation and sustainable value creation”, Mari Kallioinen-Mänttäri says. 

According to Kallioinen-Mänttäri, the fields of study and research are software engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering and management (IEM), computational engineering, applied mathematics and technical physics.

The SEED programme’s EU funding is the biggest co-funding LUT University has received so far and also the first one coordinated by LUT. In general, LUT School of Engineering Science has approximately 25–30 doctoral students graduating every year.

“The SEED programme is one of our actions to increase the number of graduated doctors during the upcoming years and to respond to the need of future talents in companies”, says Mari Kallioinen-Mänttäri.


The key figures of SEED project

  • Project duration 09/2023 – 08/2028
  • Total budget a little over 4 M€ 
  • 13 new doctoral candidates
  • 20 partner organisations

Associated partner organisations 

  • Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  • Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Università di Trento (Italy)
  • Universiteit Twente (Netherlands)
  • University of Manchester (United Kingdom)
  • ABB Oy
  • CH-Bioforce Oy
  • EcoChange Oy
  • Electro Optical Systems Finland Oy
  • GreenEnergy Finland Oy
  • Haptronics Oy
  • HyXo Oy
  • Ramboll Finland Oy
  • Roxia Oy
  • Sonotecc Oy
  • Virnex Group Oy
  • Wärtsilä Oyj


This programme has received funding from the European Union through Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions under project number 101081466: SEED - Systems and Engineering Science Doctorate.

More information: 

See the SEED webpage for additional detailed information on the SEED programme: