Millennium Docs is a new programme run by Technology Academy Finland.
Millennium Docs (MDocs) brings together highly qualified future employees and non-university organisations seeking to hire professionals. MDocs offers doctoral candidates the opportunity to apply for salaried working periods (1–3 months) in companies and organisations outside of academia.
NOW: MDocs employers interview the applicants, decide on their recruitments, and inform the applicants by mid April 2019
Millennium Docs 2019
In 2019, TAF will pilot the programme in collaboration with Åbo Akademi, University of Turku, and the organisations offering MDocs jobs. Based on feedback, the programme will then be further developed and extended to other universities and organisations.
What are MDocs jobs?
The MDocs jobs are salaried working periods (1–3 months) in companies and organisations outside of academia.
The contents of the jobs are defined by the MDocs employers. The tasks can vary from research and development to reports or studies requiring analytical thinking and understanding of large entities, or to tasks related to, eg., administration, sales, and marketing. Doctoral research will not be carried out during the MDocs working period.
During the working period, each doctoral candidate will have a personal mentor appointed by the MDocs employer. The salary of the MDocs jobs is the same for all doctoral candidates (2,800 euros/month).
Who is eligible to apply for MDocs jobs?
An applicant is eligible for MDocs jobs if he/she is:
- a doctoral candidate at Åbo Akademi or the University of Turku,
- completing a doctoral degree in the fields of natural sciences and engineering, and
- in the final stage of his/her doctoral degree.
How to apply for MDocs jobs
All applications are to be submitted electronically via the MDocs job application portal, which will launch on this website in February 2019.
The applicant is to attach to their application a recommendation letter signed by his/her doctoral thesis supervisor.
Study credits and learning outcomes
Doctoral candidates participating in the MDocs programme will receive study credits (2 ECTS/month) for the doctoral degree from their hosting universities if:
- the goals for the MDocs working period are defined jointly by the doctoral candidate and his/her doctoral thesis supervisor before applying for the MDocs jobs,
- the doctoral candidate submits a summary report reflecting on the outcome of the MDocs working period, and
- the doctoral candidate and his/her doctoral thesis supervisor conclude that the MDocs working period has met their goals.
Certificates for completing the MDocs programme will be provided by Technology Academy Finland.
Preliminary schedule in 2019 (subject to minor changes)
- 1/2019: MDocs job advertisements published on the TAF website & informational events for doctoral candidates and their supervisors
- 2/2019: Doctoral candidates apply for MDocs jobs
- 3/2019: MDocs employers interview the applicants and make recruitment decisions
- 4–10/2019: Doctoral candidates work in the MDocs organisations for 1–3 months
- 10/2019: Feedback from MDocs employers and doctoral candidates submitted to TAF
- 10–12/2019: Further development of the MDocs programme based on the feedback & planning and preparations for MDocs 2020
The goals of the MDocs programme are:
- to facilitate mobility and increase collaboration between industry and academia
- to showcase the various career opportunities for doctorate holders
- to increase the employment of doctorate holders in non-university organisations
- to provide employers access to the best know-how and future recruits
- to enhance the use of knowledge in society
Eeva Sievi, COO, Technology Academy Finland