The Faculty of Theology (www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-theology) is the largest of the three theological units in Finland and has one of the highest numbers of theology students in Europe. The Faculty is a non-denominational academic community.
Its mission is to conduct research on religion and its various manifestations, provide research-based teaching, 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. From 2014 to 2019, the Faculty operates two Centres of Excellence by the Academy of Finland.
The Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki invites applications for a permanent position of
UNIVERSITY LECTURER IN ISLAMIC THEOLOGY
in the Study of Religions.
The university lecturer will provide teaching and supervision at all levels of study with a special focus on Islamic theology. The applicant should have expertise in two or preferably in several of the following topics: Qur’anic studies and interpretative traditions; Islamic hermeneutics; Islamic thought and culture; Islam in Europe; Islam in everyday life; Islam and gender.
The university lecturer is also expected to carry out independent academic research, supervise and examine theses and dissertations, and attend to administrative and other duties jointly agreed upon. The position to be filled focuses on teaching, mainly at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. Thus it requires active engagement in the development of teaching.
The study of religions is a joint discipline of the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Arts. It has two professors and three university lecturers. Further information about the discipline is available at
The appointee is expected to possess an applicable doctoral degree, to have the ability to provide high quality research-based teaching and to supervise theses and dissertations. Non-Finnish-speaking appointee is required to begin studying Finnish one year from the beginning of the employment at the latest. To successfully fulfil the duties of the position, the appointee must also have good English skills and preferably a command of Arabic language, as well as expertise in both textual and empirical research methods.
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 material, other teaching merits and a teaching demonstration. Particular attention will be paid to the applicant’s teaching skills.
The salary will be based on levels 5–7 of the requirement scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will receive a salary component based on personal work performance. The appointment starts with a trial period of six months.
Applications should include the following enclosures in a single PDF file:
- A development plan
- An academic portfolio based on the University’s instructions: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/academic-portfolio
- A complete list of publications
Please, submit your application together with a single PDF attachment file on December 1, 2019 at the latest through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the Apply link below. Internal applicants (i.e. current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal (https://saphr.it.helsinki.fi/irj/portal).
More information about the Faculty of Theology can be found at: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-theology.
Enquiries about the position should be addressed to Dean Antti Räsänen, antti.rasanen(at)helsinki.fi.
Further information about the recruitment process can be obtained from HR Specialist Minna Boström, minna.bostrom(at)helsinki.fi.
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01.12.2019 23:59 EET