Finland needs more highly trained professionals


The Ministry of Education and Culture has now granted funding for a doctoral education pilot programme, where universities hire a thousand new doctoral researchers for three-year contracts to complete a doctoral degree. LUT University will recruit 44 new doctoral students for the pilot. 

The whole national doctoral pilot consists of 16 programs and will offer funding for totally 1000 doctoral researchers in 2024-2027. The doctoral researchers recruited by LUT will be placed in seven pilot projects. Recruitments will begin in spring 2024 and 50 % will start working in August 2024 and other 50 % in January 2025.


Pilot projects

Pilot project  PI Open positions
Doctoral Education Pilot for Mathematics of Sensing, Imaging and Modelling (Flagship FAME) Tapio Helin 14
Software Engineering Doctoral Program Kari Smolander  8
Intelligent Work Machines Aki Mikkola 7
Circular Materials Bioeconomy Network: From bio-based resources to advanced Materials (Flagship FinnCeres) Mika Mänttäri 6
Finnish Doctoral Program Network in Artificial Intelligence (Flagship FCAI) Paavo Ritala 5
Graduate school in particle and nuclear physics Panja Luukka 2
Sustainability Transformations Lassi Linnanen 2

Open positions and doctoral studies


Practices for doctoral education reinvented

  • The doctoral education pilot is one of the outcomes of an increase in government research and development funding that aims to raise the level of R&D funding to four percent of Finland's gross domestic product by 2030.
  • In the pilot, universities collaborate to develop doctoral education and reinvent its practices. 
  • The objective is to increase the mobility of doctoral graduates between universities, businesses, research institutes and other organisations, develop direction and guidance, and promote the employment of doctoral graduates in different sectors of society. 
  • In 2022, a Parliamentary RDI working group found in its final report that more than 2,000 doctoral graduates will be needed in R&D each year between 2024 and 2030. In 2022, 1,623 persons completed a doctoral degree in Finland.

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