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Faculty of Theology
P.O. Box 4
(Vuorikatu 3)
00014 University of Helsinki

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Vuorikatu 3

Email addresses: firstname.lastname at helsinki.fi

Tel. +358 (0) 2941 911 (University switchboard)

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How to become a docent in the Faculty of Theology?


Title of Docent | Qualification | Applying | For Assessors

The Title of Docent

The University may, upon application, grant the title of docent (dosentti) to a person possessing extensive knowledge in his or her field, the ability for independent research and good teaching skills. Roughly speaking, the title can be compared with Privatdozent (in German-speaking countries). The title is sometimes referred to as an Adjunct Professor. The organization for Finnish universities (Universities Finland UNIFI) recommends translation 'the title of docent'.

The Faculty Council considers whether the applicant fulfils the requirements of the title. The Chancellor of the University of Helsinki may award the title upon the Faculty Council's proposal.

Docents provide instruction, supervise students and examine theses (Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations) as well as participate in other University operations as agreed. The title of docent is an academic title for life. Docents do not receive a regular salary, however the Faculty will pay fees for the supervision or the specific lectures etc.

Qualification requirements

Academic qualifications

The requirements for the title are the following:

  • a doctoral degree
  • scholarly studies of high quality; in quantity, the publications should be equivalent in scope to two doctoral dissertations (both monographs and research articles can be included)
  • a comprehensive knowledge of his or her own field
  • a capacity for independent research demonstrated through publication or some other manner.

The Faculty Council will appoint two assessors to provide a statement on the applicant’s academic qualifications, unless this is considered unnecessary for a special reason.

Teaching skills

Holders of docentships must possess good teaching skills. The Faculty of Theology committee on teaching skills assesses the overall teaching skills of applicants for docentships. The committee will assess the applicant's teaching skills comprehensively. The assessment is based on teaching qualifications as recorded in the application documents (academic portfolio), the demonstration of teaching skills and an interview.

Language skills

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, docent must have good English skills. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or
Swedish may be exempted from the Finnish and Swedish language requirement without a separate application.

Applying the Title of Docent

Two application periods annually. Apply now: the application period ends September 30, 2015. Application periods in 2016 will be published later.

Applications are requested to submit using the Recruitment System via the link "Apply the title". Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

After logging in, find the correct announcement with the reference code: HY1314 (internal applicants via SAP HR portal) or HY1315 (external applicants via recruitment system). Application left without the reference code will not be connected to correct process.

Apply the title (external applicants)

Log into Flamma intranet (internal applicants)

Application period ends we 30 September 2015. Publications submitted for the assessment (item 4 above) must be delivered to amanuenses Anne- Marit Enroth-Voitila at the Faculty of Theology during the application period.

Part of the evaluation of the teaching skills is the teaching demonstration. The dates for the demonstration of teaching skills will be confirmed later.

Additional information:  Anne-Marit Enroth-Voitila (e-mail: anne-marit.enroth-voitila at helsinki.fi, tel. +358 2941 23858) and Mikael Vänttinen (e-mail: mikael.vanttinen at helsinki.fi, tel. +358 2941 22550).

Instructions for assessors

Assessors are requested to assess the applicant's scientific qualifications and other merits, the focus
being on the former.

Download the instructions for assessors from here: