The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. More than 30,000 students are currently pursuing a degree at the University of Helsinki.
The Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki ( is the leading Finnish institute of legal education. Some degrees granted by the Faculty are completed at the bilingual Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies. The Faculty’s mission is to train qualified, ethically responsible legal professionals for both the Finnish and international markets through high-quality international research and research-based teaching. The Faculty of Law offers undergraduate degrees in Finnish, Swedish and English as well as a bilingual degree in Finnish and Swedish. The Faculty has a teaching and research staff of around 120 people and 2,400 students pursuing a degree.

As a part of Professor Jukka Mähönen’s professorship in cooperative law a funding for a post-doctoral researcher position is granted. Professor Mähönen is involved with several international and Nordic research projects, including “Futuring Sustainable Nordic Business Models” (2019-2022) funded by the University of Oslo and the Research Council of Norway. To strengthen research in governance of sustainable business models external funding will be applied. Professor Mähönen is also a member of the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), and connections to wider sustainability science projects are sought for.
To strengthen research in corporate governance and sustainability, and to strengthen future larger project proposals, the University of Helsinki Faculty of Law invites applications for a


for a fixed term of three years. The preferred starting time is 1 November 2019.

The appointee’s duties will include conducting research and providing teaching in corporate sustainability and governance, as well as other activities at the Faculty, and if so agreed, at the HELSUS.

The appointee is expected to develop the research field of governance of sustainable business models in cooperation with Professor Jukka Mähönen, both in Finland and abroad. In addition to independent research work in governance of sustainable business models, successful candidate should have a strong interest in working on corporate sustainability, sustainable business models and sustainability governance generally. Previous work on corporate law, cooperative law, law and finance, accounting law, corporate sustainability and sustainable corporate and cooperative governance are considered an asset.

The appointee shall have completed an applicable doctoral degree before the start of employment. The position requires the ability and motivation to conduct independent scientific research, and good oral and written proficiency in English.

Applications are expected primarily from researchers interested in multidisciplinary research with a doctoral degree in law and social sciences, including business economics. Inspiration for research plan can be found from the “Futuring Sustainable Nordic Business Models” project (

The salary will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system applied in Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary range will be €3,100–3,600 per month, depending on the merits and experience of the appointee. The appointment starts with a probationary period of six months.

The application must be accompanied by the following enclosures:

• An application written by the applicant, indicating the applicant’s interest in conducting research, as well as expertise and teaching experience related to the research field
• A curriculum vitae
• A list of publications
• A research plan

The application, together with the required attachments, must be submitted as one PDF file through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Applicants employed by the University of Helsinki must submit their application through the SAP HR portal ( The closing date for applications is 11 August 2019.

Further information on the position may be obtained from Dean Pia Letto-Vanamo, pia.letto-vanamo(at) and Professor Jukka Mähönen, jukka.mahonen(at)

Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Minna Boström, minna.bostrom(at)

Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi(at)

Due date

11.08.2019 23:59 EEST