The Faculty of Arts ( of the University of Helsinki is
Finland’s oldest institution for teaching and research in the humanities and the largest in terms
of the structure and range of disciplines. It is also a significant international community fostering
research, education and cultural interaction.

The Faculty of Arts carries out research and teaching in the languages and literatures of Europe
and other parts of the world, totalling close to 40 languages. In addition, a general theory of
linguistics, translation studies and comparative literature is being developed.

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for the position of


The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent professorship or a fixed-term
associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system), depending on his or her qualifications
and career stage. Further information on the career path and a description of the tenure track model at the University of Helsinki, please see

Position Description

In addition to the Latin language, the field of the position includes all literary and documentary
(e.g., epigraphic) material written in Latin from the Roman archaic period through antiquity, the
Middle Ages and the Renaissance all the way to neo-Latin.

The appointee must be an internationally oriented researcher with a broad perspective and a thorough knowledge of the Latin language, its use and history. As a teacher and researcher, the appointee must have the ability to analyse and describe Latin-language material from the perspective of both language and culture. In addition, the appointee must be able to lead cross-disciplinary research utilising Latin sources.

The professor or assistant/associate professor will work at the Department of Languages, Faculty of Arts and will provide instruction in the Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes in Languages.


An appointee to the position of assistant/associate professor within the tenure track system
shall hold a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have
the teaching skills necessary for the position. In addition, applicants for assistant/associate
professorships shall demonstrate their capability and motivation as regards an academic career
through publications and other means.

An appointee to a full professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and possess top-level scholarly
qualifications and experience in the supervision of scientific research, along with the ability to
provide top-level research-based teaching as well as to supervise theses and dissertations. In
addition, the appointee shall present documentation of international cooperation in the field of
research that he or she represents. Holders of professorships shall also have the skills
necessary to serve as academic leaders.

When assessing the qualifications of each applicant, attention will be paid to both scholarly and
teaching qualifications. Scholarly qualifications include scientific publications and other research
results of scientific value, success in obtaining external research funding, international research
experience as well as international elected positions. When considering the teaching qualifications of each applicant, attention will be focused on teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills as well as participation in doctoral education. The applicant’s leadership and interaction skills as well as activity in the academic community will also be taken into account.

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills.
If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish or Swedish, he/she is expected to acquire moderate
proficiency within a reasonable time after the appointment. Support for language studies is

What do we offer?

The University will offer the appointee an attractive career opportunity in a top-level research and teaching environment, possibilities for international collaboration, and the opportunity for the appointed assistant/associate professor prerequisites to grow into a full professorship. Annual gross salary for an assistant/associate professor amounts to 50,000 - 68,500 euros and for full professor to 64,000 - 96,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

How to apply

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications a single PDF file that includes the
following documents in English:

1) A curriculum vitae
2) A report (max. 5 pages) on pedagogical expertise
3) A report (max. 5 pages) on the applicant’s research activities (including activities in
scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work)
4) A report (max. 2 pages) on how the applicant intends to develop his or her research and
focus his or her activities, if appointed
5) A numbered list of publications.

For instructions see

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the Faculty may request them to submit up to 10 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors.

Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link below. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal

Further information

Further information on the position and the working environment may be obtained from Minna Palander-Collin, Head of Department of Languages, minna.palander-collin(at) Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from Hanna Lotti, Head of HR, hanna.lotti(at)

In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment(at)

Due date

06.02.2020 23:59 EET