Two Doctoral Research Positions

University of Tampere - Faculty of Social Sciences

The University of Tampere is an internationally renowned research-led university and one of the few in the world to specialize in the social sciences. (More information on Finland and Tampere.)

The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland, invites applications for two Early Stage Researchers (Doctoral Researcher) positions for three years (36 months) in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Innovative Training Network EuroAgeism research programme. The planned commencement date for the positions is in June – October 2018.

Programme overview

The EuroAgeism research programme, funded under Horizon 2020, MSCA-Innovative training network, consists of a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectorial, science-policy international network of researchers, policy makers, and social and health care professionals. The goal of the network is to train professionals who can function effectively and comfortably at any of the intersections between science and policy.

EuroAgeism is a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and an NGO that are located in Israel, Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Finland, and Sweden. Across participating universities a total of 15 Early Stage Researcher positions are being advertised.

Doctoral Researchers will benefit not only from leadership by expert research supervisors, but also from secondments in academia, policy and health organizations, training and transferable-skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences over the course of the program.


To be eligible, the candidate must simultaneously fulfil the following criteria at the time of recruitment by the beneficiary concerned in the frame of this project:

  • The candidate must have a Master’s (or equivalent) Degree in an applicable field with interest to gain PhD in the field social sciences.
  • The candidate must have an excellent command of English. Please see the required minimum scores in English language tests.
  • At the time of selection by the host institute, the candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Finland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her appointment.
  • The candidate must be, at the time of recruitment by University of Tampere, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.


The remunerations of the recruited Early Stage Researchers (based on a fixed monthly payment) will be according to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 requirements for early stage researchers by the European Commission (Horizon 2020, Work Programme 2016–2017). For more information on the MSCA ITN, including information about country coefficient, please visit here

There will be a four-month trial period in the beginning of the work contract.


Candidates are invited to submit all application documents in English through the University's online application system. The deadline for submitting applications is 15:45 (UCT+2) on 31 January, 2018. The link to the application form is on the bottom of the page.

If you are interested in both EuroAgeism positions at the University of Tampere, please submit your application with two research proposals. The applications must include the following attachments:

  • A cover letter, stating your research motivation and interests; including relevant background (max 1 page).
  • A brief outline of a research proposal pertinent to the project chosen (max 1 page).
  • CV following TENK template, including a publications list.
  • 2 letters of recommendation (merged into one document).
  • Master degree documentation: Official documents confirming that you have successfully finished pre-graduate studies and can apply for PhD position.
  • Previous scientific experience and the topic of the diploma thesis (or other small research thesis successfully passed before the application).
  • The relevant documents confirming your qualifications and English skills.

Please note that the electronic application system allows maximum of seven attachments. Should you have more to attach, please merge some into one document.


  • Deadline for submission of applications: January 31st, 2018.
  • Interviews will be held in February-March, 2018.
  • Job offers to successful candidate: April, 2018.
  • Start of the employment: June-Oct, 2018.

The distinct profiles of the two Doctoral Researchers positions are defined as follows:

1. The Grass-Roots of Ageism: The Dynamics of Ageist Practice in Institutional Interaction, co-Supervisors: Dr Nikander (, Prof. Ruusuvuori (

Objectives: Using data from carefully selected institutional and professional sites, this project looks at age dynamics and ageist practice in (inter)action. Central empirical focus will be given to key client-professional, employer-employee encounters to enable detailed scrutiny of ageism as it unfolds on the everyday grass-root level. Utilizing conversation and discourse analytic perspectives and methodology, the project yields details of how ageist practice is born, sustained, and challenged in and through situated language use. The study assumes that such understanding of the key characteristics, and the dynamic unfolding of –isms-in-interaction, represents a crucial step towards working against such practice.  

Expected Results: The project sets out to map current ageist or age-inclusive institutional and professional practice. Through this mapping, the project also ameliorates the deleterious effects of ageism. The results will provide research-based forms of intervention and support for the schooling through which new professional best practice and policy can be implemented.

2. Emerging workspaces in ageing societies: ageism and near-retirement people, co-Supervisors: Dr Nikander (, Dr Kirsi Lumme-Sandt (

Objectives: The project explores the dynamics of labour market participation and exit trajectories from the perspective of older near-retirement workers. The study assumes that while measures towards prolonging work careers is an urgently outspoken goal in most ageing societies, age bias and ageist attitudes still work against age-inclusiveness in the workforce.

Expected Results: Using qualitative longitudinal methodology, the study will produce an empirically-based understanding of work profiles and retirement pathways as they unfold over time. The study expands on previous, predominantly quantitative or panel research studies and yields novel knowledge on the agency, decision-making, and participation of near-retirement people. A status report on ageism and one's career and retirement trajectories and a policy paper will be the main products.

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