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The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of


for a fixed-term appointment from 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2022.

The position is in the discipline of sociology, which has four professorships, two associate professorships and two university lectureships as well as some 40 researchers and doctoral students in addition to the present position.

The duties of the university lecturer will include providing teaching in accordance with the degree requirements, supervising and examining theses and dissertations, and conducting research in the field. The teaching duties relate to the Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral programmes as well as the international Master’s programmes involving the discipline of sociology. Special areas of teaching include quantitative research methods. In addition, the appointee’s duties include student advice, administrative responsibilities and other duties as separately agreed.

According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, an appointee to the position of university lecturer shall hold an applicable doctoral degree and be able to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations.

When assessing the qualifications of applicants, attention shall be paid to scientific publications and other research results of academic value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a teaching demonstration. International peer-reviewed publications, evidence of the ability to use and teach quantitative research methods, international networks and success in the acquisition of external research funding will also be considered an asset.

According to the Government Decree on Universities, a university lecturer must be proficient in Finnish. He or she must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Swedish. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must also have good English skills and be able to teach in English. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish or Swedish, he/she is expected to be willing to acquire moderate proficiency within a reasonable time after the appointment. Support for language studies is offered.

The salary will be based on levels 5−7 of the job requirement scheme 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 work performance. The appointee’s gross starting salary will be approximately €3,300–5,000 per month, depending on his or her scientific qualifications and merits. There will be a six-month trial period for the position.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following English-language documents (please compile all documents as a single PDF file):
• A curriculum vitae
• A numbered list of publications
• A report (max. 3 pages) on practical experience and qualifications relevant to the assessment of teaching skills
• An informal report (max. 3 pages) on the applicant’s scholarly activity (success in obtaining research funding, activity in the scientific community, and international research experience)

Detailed information on the CV and list of publications as well as the presentation of teaching skills can be obtained online:

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,

Further information about the position may be obtained from Head of Discipline, Professor Ilkka Arminen, ilkka.arminen(at)

Due date

03.04.2018 23:59 EEST