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The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of


for a three-year, full-time, fixed-term period from 1 April 2020 onwards (or starting point as agreed).

The position of postdoctoral researcher is typically held for three to five years after the completion of a doctoral degree. The aim of the position is to encourage the appointee to further their skills and gain more experience to prepare them for an academic career.

The successful applicant will work in the Population Research Unit under the supervision of Professor Karri Silventoinen. The position will be located at the Faculty of Social Sciences and is closely related to Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ).

The appointee will work with high quality survey and register based data sets from Finland and other countries and is expected to publish the results in top level international peer reviewed scientific journals.


The candidate needs to hold a doctoral degree in a suitable field such as Demography, quantitative Sociology/Social policy/Social Psychology, Epidemiology/Public Health or Statistics. The work requires excellent knowledge of statistical methods, experience on working with large scale quantitative data sets, publishing in international scientific journals as well as good academic writing and communication skills in English. The duties of the postdoctoral researcher include teaching for the Faculty of Social Sciences (5% of the annual workload).

The research should be focused on socio-economic health inequalities using quantitative data. We especially appreciate experience in one or several of the following fields of study:

1) Genetic epidemiology (GWAS and/or genetic twin research)

2) Register based health research

3) International comparisons of health related issues focused on affluent societies


We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The annual gross salary range will be approx. 41,000 – 50,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information at The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki. The Faculty of Social Sciences provides assistance in relocation. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.


Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English. Please compile all documents as a single pdf file:

1) A curriculum vitae, clearly indicating type and level of qualifications
2) A numbered list of publications on which the applicant has marked in bold her or his three key publications to be considered during the review.
3) A statement (max 1 page) outlining how the applicant’s expertise could productively contribute to the socio-economic health inequalities in affluent societies
4) A summary (max. 2 pages) of the applicant’s scholarly activities including: original research at an international level, international academic networks, local forms of collaboration, disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities, success in obtaining research funding, and other relevant details

Instructions about preparing the CV and list of publications and the documentation of teaching merits can be found in the following web address:

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal,


Further information about the position may be obtained from Professor Karri Silventoinen, karri.silventoinen(at) Should you need support with the recruitment system, please contact

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Due date

03.02.2020 23:59 EET