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Assistant/Associate Professor in Development Studies
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 Social Sciences is Finland’s leading research and education institute in the social sciences, and the country’s most diverse social sciences faculty in terms of the selection of its disciplines and fields of science. The Faculty has two departments, the Department of Social Research and the Department of Political and Economic Studies, which feature a total of 13 disciplines, as well as a number of multidisciplinary research networks. The Faculty has more than 4,000 degree students, of whom close to 700 are pursuing a postgraduate degree. Each year, the Faculty awards some 400 Bachelor’s degrees, 350 Master’s degrees and more than 40 doctoral degrees. For more information, please see the Faculty website at http://www.helsinki.fi/socialsciences/.
The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the tenure track position of
in Development Studies.
The position will be placed in the discipline of Development Studies, which has two professorships and one university lectureship in addition to the assistant/associate professorship now being filled. The discipline also has approximately 30 active researchers and doctoral students, and annually awards some 10–15 Master’s degrees and from one to three doctoral degrees.
The University has established the tenure track system of teaching and research staff to employ talented and motivated individuals as assistant professors for a fixed term of three to five years. The assistant professor’s performance during the contract period will be monitored and evaluated against criteria determined when the contract was signed. Success in the evaluation will lead to new fixed-term employment as associate professor, the ultimate goal being permanent employment as a professor.
The assistant/associate professor is expected to conduct top-level international research, provide teaching based on such research, participate in all stages of teaching including doctoral education and the development of teaching programmes, and acquire research funding.
The appointee is expected to have completed a doctoral degree and have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. Applications from early career researchers are encouraged. Other requirements shall include the ability and motivation to pursue a scientific career, as demonstrated through publications or otherwise. When assessing applicants, additional merit will be granted for research and teaching qualifications in areas of study including: global political economy, global trade rules and institutions, the political economy of development, development policy and cooperation, natural resource governance, and social movements. In addition, demonstrated scholarly work outside Finland, high-quality international publications, active international collaboration networks as well as success in the acquisition of external research funding will be given particular consideration.
According to the Government Decree on Universities, assistant professors are required to be competent 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. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointees must have good English skills. Foreign citizens or Finnish citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish are expected to be willing to acquire sufficient proficiency in Finnish. The employer will support the appointee’s language learning.
The salary will be based on level 7 of the requirement scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will receive a salary component based on personal work performance. The assistant professor’s gross salary will be approximately 4,400–5,100 euros per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and merits.
The following English-language documents must be enclosed with applications:
An informal report (max. 5 pages) on the applicant’s scholarly activities (activities in the scientific community, success in obtaining research funding and international research experience)
A report of teaching experience and merits, max. 3 pages, e.g., an academic portfolio
A brief report (1–2 pages) on how the applicant intends to develop his or her research and focus his or her scholarly activities, if appointed
Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the Faculty may request them to submit 10 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors.
Applications must be submitted through the University’s electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply for job. 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 Juri Mykkänen, Head of the Department of Political and Economic Studies, tel. +358 50 448 440, juri.mykkanen(at)helsinki.fi.