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The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of


for a three-year fixed term period from 1 April 2018 onwards (or as agreed).

Societies and their processes are becoming more and more digitalized. New forms of digital data accrue within companies, various types of service organizations and the government. Social media discussions, networks and interactions provide a new way of examining the dynamics of the society in formation from the points of views of its citizens. This combination of multiple data sources provides a fertile setting for conducting cutting-edge research in emerging field of digital social sciences.

The successful applicant will join a research team in formation concerning digital social science, led by prof. Krista Lagus. The position will be located at the Faculty of Social Sciences, and closely associated with HelDig - Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities,

The duties will include
- conducting research related to the analysis and visualization of social media discussions, and
- the development of methods and tools for data analysis related to emerging social scientific questions regarding large data sets.
- teaching at the Faculty (5 % of the annual workload)

An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field, such as information technology, language technology, data science, computational social science, computer science, or statistics, or a related field with sufficient methodological studies. Moreover, he or she is expected to have the ability to conduct independent scientific research and possess the teaching skills required for the position. The period following the completion of doctoral degree must not exceed three years, excluding family leave and equivalent periods of absence. To fulfill the research requirements of the position, the applicant chosen is expected to be physically present on a regular basis and actively participate in the research and teaching activities.

The successful applicant is expected to hold sufficient and relevant skills in programming (preferably Python, R, SQL), have experience and/or education in methods related to data analysis, such as statistical modeling, machine learning, visualization and the analysis of large text corpora. An alive interest regarding social scientific research questions is essential.

The salary shall be based on levels 5 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. The annual gross salary range will be approx. 41,000 – 50,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, occupational healthcare will be provided. The employment contract will include a probationary period of four months.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English. Please compile all documents as a single pdf file:

1) A curriculum vitae
2) A numbered list of publications on which the applicant has marked in bold her or his five key publications to be considered during the review
3) A statement (max 2 pages) outlining how the applicant’s expertise could contribute to this specific core research area
4) A summary (max. 2 pages) on the applicant’s scholarly activities including original research at an international level, international academic networks, local co-operation, success in obtaining research funding

Instructions about preparing the CV and list of publications and the documentation of teaching merits can be found in the following web address:

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal,

Further information about the position may be obtained from Professor Krista Lagus,

In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact

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