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The Faculty of Theology prepares students for duties requiring expertise in religions, worldviews and values. We are among Europe’s largest faculties of theology measured by the number of students. Several international assessments have found that the research conducted at the Faculty is of a high quality. The Faculty has a staff of approximately 80 researchers and teachers.
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We are continually looking for new professionals for a range of teaching, research and support services positions.

Here you can find a link to a list of all of our current job opportunities, and instructions to help you apply.

Open positions at the University of Helsinki

Instructions for applicants to teaching and research positions

Applicants interested in teaching and research duties at the Faculty of Theology are kindly requested to follow the Faculty’s instructions, available below, regarding the academic portfolio, the assessment of teaching skills and the list of publications.

Qualification requirements for positions are determined according to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki (pdf).

In addition, guidelines set in the rector’s decision HY/125/ on the assessment criteria for assistant/associate professorships and professorships are observed in recruitment.

An academic portfolio is an account similar to an academic report, in which the author documents his or her core professional competence and reviews his or her academic work (research, teaching, administrative duties and other tasks) as a whole.

Applicants must prepare a portfolio for each post they apply for, and in the portfolio indicate their merits in view of the post applied for. The maximum length of the portfolio is 4­–7 pages (plus appendices, as instructed). In the section on teaching and supervision, applicants should pay attention to the Faculty’s instructions regarding the assessment of teaching merits.

At the University of Helsinki, teaching skills are assessed when recruiting teaching and research staff, as well as when applying for the title of docent. Teaching skills are assessed as a whole, taking into account pedagogical training and thinking, teaching experience and the development of teaching, experience in thesis and dissertation supervision, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and a demonstration of teaching skills. A five-step scale, in which the grade of Good represents the intermediate level (Regulations on Degrees and the Protection of Students’ Rights, section 37), will be used for the assessment. The assessment of teaching skills is governed by the Regulations of the University of Helsinki.

Good teaching skills are a requirement for teaching positions at the Faculty. Appointees to permanent positions and those applying for the title of docent must have at least good teaching skills in accordance with the Faculty’s assessment matrix for teaching skills. In addition, the length of appointees’ academic careers and opportunities for the development of teaching skills will be taken into account for applicants to tenure track and university instructor positions. Furthermore, consideration will be given in the assessment to applicants’ potential to develop teaching skills and their potential related to these skills as such.

In applications for Faculty professorships, the list of publications should comply with the Finnish national classification for publications issued by Ministry of Education and Culture.  

The person performing the university's teaching and research position is required to master the language in which he or she must provide teaching. In universities where a degree can be completed in both Finnish and Swedish, the person performing the teaching and research position is also required to have at least satisfactory oral and written skills in Finnish and Swedish. The University may grant exemption from these language proficiency requirements as laid down in the Code of Conduct.

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Why should you choose the University of Helsinki

The University of Helsinki is Finland’s largest academic institution and one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary universities. Our community of more than 8,000 employees offers extensive career advancement opportunities at different academic career stages. The University of Helsinki provides its staff with high-quality support services and a broad range of benefits.

We offer diverse career opportunities to thousands of researchers and teachers. Our tenure track system is competitive and transparent.