The University of Helsinki – among the best in the world
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 Faculty of Arts is Finland’s oldest institution for teaching and research in the humanities and the largest in terms of the structure and range of disciplines. It is also a significant international community fostering research, education and cultural interaction.

At the University of Helsinki, the discipline of African studies is part of the Faculty of Arts. The discipline offers basic, intermediate and advanced studies. African studies can be pursued as a study track in both the Bachelor’s Programme in Cultural Studies and the international Master’s Programme in Area and Cultural Studies.

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for the position of


for a fixed-term appointment with immediate effect until December 31, 2018.

The appointee’s duties will include Bachelor’s and Master’s level teaching according to the degree requirements, the supervision and examination of theses and dissertations, research in the field as well as additional tasks in the discipline. Other duties will include participation in the planning and development of teaching. All activities in African Studies at the University of Helsinki are based on research and teaching related to area studies, language, culture and cognition, as well as the social sciences.

The position combines research and teaching tasks. Teaching is allocated mostly to the Bachelor’s Programme in Cultural Studies and the Master’s Programme in Area and Cultural Studies. Supervision of students in African Studies is part of the tasks of the University lecturer. Accordingly, the appointee is expected to pursue his or her research and expertise in all main areas of African studies.

Holders of university lectureships are required to possess an applicable doctoral degree, to have the ability to provide research-based teaching of high quality and to supervise theses and dissertations. When assessing the qualifications of applicants, attention shall be paid to academic qualifications and merits, such as publications and experience of research projects, as well as teaching and supervision experience, pedagogical skills, the ability to produce learning material and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills. The appointee is also expected to have good interaction skills.

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have excellent English and good Finnish skills. The appointee 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 language may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application.

The salary shall be based on levels 5–7 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents as one pdf file:
1) A curriculum vitae
2) A report (max. 5 pages) on pedagogical expertise or alternatively, an academic portfolio containing equivalent information
3) A list of publications
4) A report (1-3 pages) on the applicant’s research activities including the acquisition of research funding.

For instructions see

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for a situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the appointment committee may request the top candidates to submit five publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors, and to appear for an interview and a demonstration of teaching skills.

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

Further information may be obtained from Professor Jussi Pakkasvirta ( In case you need assistance with the university’s electronic recruitment system or SAP HR portal, please contact

For information on the University of Helsinki as an employer please see

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