ImmuDocs - National Doctoral Education Pilot Based on the Immune System

ImmuDocs – National Doctoral Education Pilot Based on the Immune System

The ImmuDocs Doctoral Education Pilot focuses on immunology including all types of inflammatory diseases. They all are driven by aberrant immune responses, and immunological interventions are at the heart of their prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Healthcare urgently needs specialists who understand these immunological areas.

Diseases stemming from immune system malfunction impose substantial economic and societal burdens. They lead to high healthcare costs, loss of productivity, and a significant impact on quality of life. Addressing the escalating demand for immunology specialists necessitates a concerted effort in training and collaboration among researchers, industry, and healthcare professionals. There is a pressing need to cultivate a new generation of immunology experts with diverse skills, ranging from health economics to cell and structural biology, bioinformatics, and clinical practice. Simultaneously, researcher training will boost scientific innovations, thereby driving disease prevention, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment through the versatile tools offered by immunology.

Open call for applications

The ImmuDocs Doctoral Education Pilot at the University of Turku is seeking a total of 59 doctoral researchers for 3-year doctoral positions to work in the fields of immunology, immunology-based drug development and/or diagnostics. The research can be basic, translational and/or clinical.

There will be one open call for these positions in spring 2024 and one in autumn 2024. In the spring call, candidates will apply for positions starting on August 1, 2024, and in the autumn call, they will apply for positions starting on January 1, 2025. To be eligible for these positions, an applicant’s study right for a doctoral degree must not have been granted earlier than November 1, 2023.

Steps and timetable for applying for the ImmuDocs Pilot positions

Spring 2024

  1. Principal Investigators: Call for the ImmuDocs project proposals: 12.3.-24.3.2024
  2. Call for Applications: 3.4.-22.4.2024
  3. Funded applicants: Call for the Doctoral Studies at the University of Turku 1.-15.5.2024 (if needed)
  4. Position starts on August 1, 2024 or by mutual agreement

Autumn 2024

  1. Principal Investigators: Call for the ImmuDocs project proposals: 1.8.-22.8.2024
  2. Call for Applications: to be updated
  3. Funded applicants: Call for the Doctoral Studies at the University of Turku: to be updated (if needed)
  4. Position starts on January 1, 2025 or by mutual agreement

Contact Persons

Professor Sirpa Jalkanen

Project Manager Kaisa Hakkila

Instructions

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(Picture: Suvi Harvisalo / University of Turku)