The Faculty of Theology ( is the largest of the three academic theology units in Finland. In addition, it is one of Europe’s largest units in the field of theology and religious studies in terms of student numbers. The Faculty is a non-denominational academic community.

The mission of the Faculty is to conduct research on religion and its various manifestations, provide teaching based on research, and engage in national and international social debate. International assessments have found that the research conducted at the Faculty is of a high quality, and the Faculty cooperates actively with equivalent top-level research units.

The Faculty of Theology invites applications for a


in church history for a permanent contract at the Department of Church History. The university lecturer will provide teaching in church history in the Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes in Theology and Religious Studies as well as other teaching and supervision, and will contribute to the development of teaching in the field and more generally at the Faculty. The appointee must have a broad knowledge of the research field of church history. He or she must participate in the development of methods in the field. The university lecturer will carry out independent scientific research, supervise and examine theses and dissertations, and attend to administrative and other duties jointly agreed upon. The position focuses on teaching.

Church history encompasses both history and theology. The research field explores churches and religious movements as forces that are both changing and driving change. The focus of the research is society which has been influenced by churches and religious communities as well as their opponents. Teaching based on the research is offered in two disciplines: general church history and Finnish and Scandinavian church history.

The appointee must hold an applicable doctoral degree and be able to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations. 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. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English proficiency.

When assessing the qualifications of the applicants, attention will be paid to scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning materials, other teaching merits, and a teaching demonstration. Attention will be given to the applicants’ international activities and networks. Particular attention will also be paid to the applicants’ teaching skills because the university lectureship focuses on teaching.

The salary will be based on levels 5–7 of the requirement 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 performance. There is a six-month trial period for the position.

Applications must be accompanied by a single PDF file that includes the following documents:
- A full list of publications
- An academic portfolio presenting the applicant’s key qualifications and adhering to the instructions of the University and the specifications issued by the Faculty of Theology
- A plan (max. 1 page) specifying how the applicant, if appointed, intends to develop teaching and research in the field.
Instructions for attachments:

The application 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) can submit their applications through the SAP HR portal, which can be accessed through Flamma: (Career and development tab).
The deadline for applications is 1 March 2020 at 23.59 (local Helsinki time).

Further information about the position can be obtained from Dean Antti Räsänen, antti.rasanen(at), phone +358 2941 23710.
Further information about the recruitment process can be obtained from HR Specialist Minna Boström, minna.bostrom(at)

Due date

01.03.2020 23:59 EET