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Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 15 other locations. The high-quality research carried out by the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields, and for utilisation in social decision-making and the business sector.

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 Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies is Finland’s largest and most diverse centre of research and academic education in Finnish, Swedish and related languages as well as literature produced in them. The Department is an internationally renowned centre of learning in Finno-Ugrian and Nordic languages as well as home to the world’s largest concentration of Finnish language and literature research and academic teaching. The Department offers teaching in eight disciplines. As of the autumn term 2017, the teaching will be provided in one Bachelor’s programme and four Master’s programmes. The Department’s research focuses on the study of interaction, cognitive linguistics and construction grammar, language contacts, linguistic change and variation, texts in society, and the genres and worlds of modernism.

The Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, University of Helsinki, invites applications for the position of


for a permanent appointment as of 1 August 2017 or as agreed. The field of the position is Sámi and minority languages. There is a four-month trial period for the position.

The university lecturer will be responsible, in particular, for teaching in Northern Sámi and Sámi studies in the study module in indigenous studies, the Bachelor’s Programme in the Languages and Literatures of Finland and the Master’s Programme in Finnish and Finno-Ugrian Languages and Cultures together with other teachers. The appointee’s primary duties will include teaching basic language skills in Northern Sámi and knowledge about Sámi and other minority languages. The university lecturer must also carry out independent scientific research in Sámi and minority languages, and attend to administrative duties as agreed.

According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, holders of university lectureships are required to possess an applicable doctoral degree and to have cooperation and planning skills as well as the ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and to supervise theses and dissertations.

The appointee’s duties require excellent written and theoretical skills in Northern Sámi and at least fluent practical skills. Knowledge of other Sámi languages is considered an asset. According to the Government Decree on Universities, university lecturers are required to be proficient in Finnish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Swedish. 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.

When assessing the qualifications of the applicants, attention shall 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.

The salary for the position will be based on levels 5 to 7 of the demands 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. The monthly salary will total approximately €3,100–4,400.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents:
1) A CV
2) A report on qualifications (pedagogical training, teaching experience, the ability to produce teaching material, other teaching merits) relevant to the assessment of teaching skills, or alternatively, an academic portfolio containing equivalent information
3) A list of publications and other works with which the applicant wishes to demonstrate his or her competence and merits; the list should follow the instructions for classifying publications, available on the Faculty website
4) The applicant’s five most important publications
See instructions:

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. Any attachments not in electronic format must be submitted to the head of department: Hanna Lehti-Eklund, PO Box 3, 00014 University of Helsinki, Fabianinkatu 33, 4th floor, room 4024.
Further information may be obtained from Professor Riho Grünthal,, phone +358 2941 40001.
Further information about the University’s electronic recruitment system or the SAP portal can be obtained from

Apply at latest 05.04.2017

Due date

Wednesday, April 5, 2017