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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 January 2019 onwards (or starting point as agreed).

This post-doctoral researcher will explore the relations between wine production and consumption, and globalization and cosmopolitanism. Over the last few decades, both the production and consumption of wine have become ever more shaped by the forces of globalization, in complicated and often controversial ways. How is wine globalization affecting national and regional cultures, not just drinking cultures, but also broader dynamics of lifestyle, politics and attitudes towards the world? Is wine globalization creating more cosmopolitan attitudes and practices among those who drink wines, especially in north-west European countries with little or no history of wine-drinking by the mass of the population? Is the spread of wine drinking among new social groups creating novel forms of social exclusivity and class differentiation? Are wine-producing regions becoming more cosmopolitan or not, as new types of people enter the wine industry?

An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in the social sciences, preferably sociology, anthropology, or cultural and social geography. S/he should have the capacity to pursue discipline-based and interdisciplinary work, and to conduct independent scientific research at a high level. S/he should have developed knowledge of the interdisciplinary scholarly literature on globalization and cosmopolitanism, and a sound grasp of social theory. S/he should have proven skills in carrying out qualitative social research. Additional skills in quantitative methods would be an advantage. S/he will preferably have a background in researching cultural production and consumption issues, especially in terms of food and/or drink. A demonstrable knowledge of the global wine industry would be preferred but is not essential. The focus of the researcher may be on Finland, and/or on other Nordic countries, and/or on other countries in Europe where wine is consumed or produced, depending on the successful candidate’s expertise and regional knowledge. A historically-informed approach to contemporary issues would be advantageous.

In addition to pursuing their own data collection, the researcher will collaborate with Prof. Inglis in various ways, such as compiling literature reviews and co-authoring publications. Applicants from any country are welcomed. Knowledge of Finnish society is not necessary. Proven teamwork skills and commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration are advantages, as are a strong emerging track record in social research and international peer-reviewed publications. Candidates are expected to possess excellent academic writing and communication skills in English.

The successful applicant should possess appropriate teaching skills in the social sciences. The duties of the postdoctoral researcher include teaching for the Faculty of Social Sciences (5% of the annual workload). The chosen applicant is expected to be physically present in Helsinki on a regular basis, and to participate actively in the intellectual life of both the Sociology discipline and the wider social scientific community across the Faculty and University.

The salary shall be based on level 5 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. The annual gross salary range will be approx. 41,000 – 50,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, occupational healthcare will be provided. 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 research theme of wine, globalization and cosmopolitanism
4) A summary (max. 2 pages) on 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 David Inglis,

Should you need support with the recruitment system, please contact

Due date

10.08.2018 23:59 EEST