The Faculty of Science and Technology has announced admission in May 2020 for the following thesis projects:
More information and abstracts of the projects on the website of the Faculty of Science and Technology. For further information about research projects please contact respective supervisors.
Applicants who have completed their previous study level in Estonia or who are about to graduate from an institution in Estonia may apply via SAIS May 1 - June 1. NB! You can access SAIS only with valid Estonian ID-Card or residence card. Applicants holding Estonian citizenship, please read the information in Estonian.
Please keep in mind that some of the instruction in SAIS is available only in Estonian. If documents on paper are required, we will inform you via SAIS after processing your application.
What was your motivation to pursue a PhD in Computer Science?
"By the second year of master studies, I was pretty sure I want to continue doing science. Thus entering the PhD programme was the most logical step." Yauhen Yakimenka
"My motivation to pursue a PhD in Computer Science came from two different aspects. Firstly, during my master's studies in Gene Technology I got very interested in computer science (while taking some courses and studying on my own) and secondly, I saw that pretty much every biological problem is computational, hence PhD in bioinformatics seemed like a best way to combine both of my interests " Ahto Salumets
"I was fascinated (and still am) by the idea of learning new cool things in the areas I care about (e.g. bioinformatics, data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence) and also applying this knowledge to something that I personally find crucial for the society - healthcare and biology, especially, diagnostics and treatment of diseases. Plus, PhD is always a lot more than this. It is a way to constantly challenge yourself, e.g. become an expert in this complex area that nobody understands but want to know about." Dmytro Fishman
"I wanted to continue on the line of work that I did for my master's thesis and I wanted to do research." Pille Pullonen
"I was interested in doing research work." Jakob Mass
What has been the best part since?
"There are two best moments in PhD research: a) when you have been stuck with a problem for a long time and finally find a solution, and b) when you present your results at a scientific conference and also meet all the cool researchers you have been referring in your research." Yauhen Yakimenka
"The best part is networking and meeting the community in your field. Also, the chance to introduce your results to others and seeing that they find them relevant." Pille Pullonen
"Challenging myself." Dmytro Fishman
"The freedom to guide my thesis' direction & the involved technologies, to manage my own time." Jakob Mass
"There are many good things about doing PhD. Firstly, projects are usually very interesting and you have the freedom to tackle them in a way you think is the best (of course discussion with supervisor is important). Secondly, you can go to conferences, meet new people, form connections and exchange knowledge with people who are working on a similar topic. Last but not least, colleagues are very nice and intelligent people (it is academia after all) and it is definitely a privilege to work with people like them." Ahto Salumets
What has been the most difficult part?
"You need to do many things at the same time. First, there are lots of interesting courses (both in the Institute and University of Tartu in general) - and I want to take them all :) On the negative side, they take time. Second, you do research. Third, you prepare for conferences or journal publications, you have meetings with colleagues, you have seminars in a countryside with fellow students, and so on and so forth." Yauhen Yakimenka
"Making sure that the work you do is publishable (and apparently also finishing the studies)." Pille Pullonen
"Coping with pressures that I have invited on myself." Dmytro Fishman
"So far I've found that converting your work into (presentable/measurable) output is challenging. E.g. even though you might read a lot and do a lot of prototyping, experiments, if you don't convert this into something readable or usable, it will end up getting lost along the way." Jakob Mass
"Switching back and forth between different projects. It is common that PhD students have to do several projects simultaneously and therefore they need to switch between different projects frequently. Therefore, it is relevant to document your work well and keep things in order, otherwise it comes quite stressful." Ahto Salumets
Which recommendations would you give to a master’s student who’s thinking about applying for a PhD position?
"PhD studies is the best time of studies (better than bachelor's or master's). Seriously. Go for it!" Yauhen Yakimenka
"Make sure you are into the topic that you are about to work with and that you have a good communication with your future supervisors." Pille Pullonen
"Mind your step, this can be extremely hard if you are not used to really hard and persistent work on your own for long periods of time with no immediate outcome, but this struggle can make you stronger." Dmytro Fishman
"Try to learn the "working style" of your supervisor to determine whether it suits you in advance." Jakob Mass
"If you have a drive for research, you like intellectual stimulation, prefer to have more freedom in your work (i.e. you can choose your area of research and methods to use) and perhaps want to make a career in academia then doing a PhD is definitely worth considering." Ahto Salumets.
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