The internationally esteemed Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki is Finland’s most multidisciplinary unit of research and teaching in educational sciences and teacher education. The aim of the Faculty’s research and teaching is to optimally realise the cultural and social potential of people for the benefit of individuals and humanity.

The Faculty of Educational Sciences is a dynamic, inspiring and international working and studying environment that has invested in state-of-the-art research and teaching infrastructure. We encourage our staff to make bold and creative decisions while exercising high standards of ethical conduct in research, teaching and community relations.

We provide undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education that qualifies students for both the teaching profession and other positions requiring general academic expertise. Some 600 students complete an undergraduate degree at the Faculty each year. We also offer the pedagogical studies required to qualify as a teacher to students majoring in other faculties’ disciplines. Approximately 600 students studying to become a subject teacher annually complete these studies at the Faculty to obtain teaching qualifications.

The Faculty of Educational Sciences invites applications for the position of


for a fixed term of two years beginning on 1 January 2019 (or starting point as agreed). The position will be placed in Local Educational Ethos: a study on well-performing comprehensive schools in disadvantaged neighbourhoods (LEE) project, funded by Academy of Finland.

The duties of the doctoral student will include dissertation work, the production of data for the project, publishing together with other project researchers, and responsibility for project communications together with the other project researchers. The duties may also include teaching and other tasks. Teaching may account for up to 5% of the annual working hours.

The position requires an applicable second-cycle (Master’s) degree, the ability and motivation to conduct scientific research, and proficiency in spoken and written Finnish or Swedish, and English. Strong methodological skills (particularly qualitative methods), interest in research on sociology of education and the ethnographic research approach as well as good online communication skills will be considered assets.

The appointee must hold the right to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki. If the appointee does not hold this right, he or she must obtain it within the trial period of six months (read more about the application process ). In such a case, the employment contract may initially be concluded under the title of research assistant for the duration of the trial period.

The salary for the present post will be based on levels 2 to 4 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. There will be a six-month trial period for the position.

The application must be accompanied by the following enclosures:
• A written application (max. 2 pages) indicating the applicant’s interest in research work and the position applied for, the knowledge and skills related to the research field, and the names and contact details of one or two referees
• A CV listing the applicant’s scholarly publications, if any
• Degree diplomas and transcripts of studies

The application, together with the required attachments, must be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal. The closing date for applications is 29 August 2018.

Further information about the research project and the present position can be obtained from University Lecturer Venla Bernelius, venla.bernelius(at) Please read more about the project
Further information about the recruitment process can be obtained from HR Specialist Tiina Kärki, tiina.karki(at)helsinki.
Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi(at)

Due date

29.08.2018 23:59 EEST