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The University of Helsinki Faculty of Arts is Finland’s oldest and largest unit of teaching and research in the arts in terms of the organisation and selection of its disciplines. The Faculty is also a significant international community of research, education and culture.

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for the position of


for a permanent appointment beginning on 1 August 2020.

The university lecturer will be responsible for the provision of teaching in Chinese based on the degree requirements and will plan the teaching provided in the Bachelor’s Programme in Languages and the Master’s Programme in Languages together with the other teachers of Asian languages. The appointee’s duties will include teaching all areas of language skills in Chinese and may also include other teaching. The university lecturer must also carry out independent scientific research, supervise and examine theses, and attend to administrative duties as jointly agreed. The Faculty of Arts is looking for applicants with experience in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, preferably outside China and Taiwan, and experience in training language teachers of Chinese or with the interest in doing so. In addition, the appointee should have experience in teaching in various learning environments and using educational technology, as well as a willingness to contribute actively to the development of degree programmes. Experience in supervising theses and completing administrative tasks related to teaching is also considered an asset. The position is at the Department of Languages.

The appointee must hold a doctoral degree in Chinese as a foreign language, the Chinese language or another applicable field, and have the ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and supervise theses.
When assessing the qualifications of applicants for the position of university lecturer, attention is paid to scientific publications in the field and other research results of scientific value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a teaching demonstration. Applicants must have written at least some of their publications in a language other than Chinese and issued them in international publication channels in the field.

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have excellent proficiency in English and (Mandarin) Chinese. Proficiency in Finnish may be considered an asset. Applicants whose native language is not Chinese must demonstrate their proficiency in Chinese, for example, with an international language certificate. The university lecturer will teach language skills and other competences independently at all levels of the bachelor’s and master’s programme in both Finnish or English and Chinese.


The appointee’s gross monthly salary will range from €3,300 to €4,500, depending on his or her qualifications and experience. There is a six-month trial period.

The application, together with the required attachments, 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) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal.
Applications must be accompanied by a single PDF file named ‘‘chinese_language_lastname_firstname’’ and including the following Finnish-, Swedish- or English-language documents:
1) A CV
2) A report of up to five pages on the applicant’s teaching expertise (incl. the production and publication of learning material and the acquisition of funding, if any, for the development of teaching)
3) A report of up to three pages on the applicant’s research activities (incl. research funding and specialisation in research on (modern) Chinese or on the teaching of Chinese)
4) A numbered list of publications
Other enclosures, including letters of recommendation or certificates, are not required.

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Further information about the position can be obtained from University Lecturer Riikka Länsisalmi, Further information about the recruitment process can be obtained from HR Specialist Maria Colliander, Technical support for using the University’s electronic recruitment system:

Due date

02.03.2020 23:59 EET