University of Helsinki: University Lecturer, History – Call For Applications

University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies belongs to the Faculty of Arts
University Lecturer, History

The Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies belongs to the Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, and has a strong profile in the multidisciplinary research and teaching of the humanities.

The Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki, invites applications for the position of:


to be employed until further notice as of 1 January, 2018. The position is in the discipline of History. There is a four-month trial period for the position.

The appointee’s duties will include teaching according to the degree requirements, the supervision and examination of theses and dissertations, research in the field as well as contribution to the performance of the discipline’s other tasks.

The university lecturer in history shall provide teaching and supervision at all levels of both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. The duties, which require good cooperation skills, include participating in the planning and development of teaching together with the other staff of the Department and discipline. The university lecturer shall also conduct research in his or her own field.

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

When assessing the qualifications of applicants, attention will be paid to academic qualifications and merits, such as publications, experience in research projects, as well as teaching and supervision experience, pedagogical skills and plans, the ability to produce learning material, and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills. University lecturer is expected to be a wide-ranging scholar, who is able to teach writing skills and help students to find sources. In this particular job, it is vital to be able to supervise theses focusing on Finnish 19th and 20th century history. Finnish history is analysed as a part of wider Baltic and European developments. University lecturer should also be able to develop the teaching of digital or quantitative research methods. The guidance of personal study plans is an essential part of the work.

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. Knowledge of other languages will be considered a further asset.

The salary for the position will be based on levels 5–7 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 work performance.

The application must be accompanied by a:

  1. CV (4 pages max).
  2. list of publications.
  3. report (5 pages max) on their teaching experience and plans to improve teaching.
  4. report (3 pages max) of applicant’s research activities, including specialisation within the field of history and acquired research funding.

The above documents and information may also be presented in an academic portfolio.

Instructions to applicants for teaching and research positions: 

The applicants are asked to be prepared to send five of their publications for evaluation soon after the deadline, if shortlisted; and to be prepared to attend an interview, as well as to give a lecture for evaluation of teaching skills.

The application, together with the required attachment, must be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking.

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Applications close on 21 August, 2017.