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University of Helsinki, Finland

Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor in political and organisational studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

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The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of


in political and organisational studies. The position is in the discipline of political science and is Swedish speaking.

The successful applicant may be appointed to a professorship or a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system), depending on his or her qualifications and career stage.

In addition to the present position, the discipline of political science has five professorships, an assistant professorship and six university lectureships, of which four professorships and three university lectureships focus on political and organisational studies. The discipline has more than 50 researchers and doctoral students, and annually awards an average of 50 Master’s and five doctoral degrees, of which approximately two-thirds are completed in the study track in question.

The professor/associate/assistant professor is expected to hold a doctoral degree and be able to conduct top-level international research, provide teaching based on such research, and supervise theses and dissertations. He or she must also participate in doctoral education and the development of teaching, and acquire research funding. If appointed to the professorship, the applicant must possess experience in the supervision of scientific research and present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents as well as of his or her academic leadership skills. If appointed to the associate/assistant professorship, the applicant must be capable of independent scientific work and have the ability and motivation to pursue a scientific career, as demonstrated through publications or otherwise.

The successful appointee has a wide range of expertise in political studies as well as related theoretical and methodological competence. Broad methodological skills as well as interest in supervising theses and dissertations which utilize various methods are also required for the successful completion of the duties associated with the position. In addition, scholarly work outside Finland, high-quality international publications, active international collaboration networks and elected positions as well as success in the acquisition of external research funding will be considered an asset. Moreover, pedagogical training, teaching experience and merits, the ability to produce learning materials and, especially in the case of the professorship, leadership and interaction skills will be given particular consideration.

According to the Government Decree on Universities, professors/associate/assistant professors are required to be competent in the language in which they provide instruction, in other words, Swedish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Finnish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish may be exempted from the Finnish language requirement without a separate application. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills. If necessary, the appointee must also provide teaching and supervision in English and/or Finnish.

The salary for the position will be based on levels 8−10 (professor) and 7 (associate/assistant professor) of the requirement scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The gross monthly salary will be approximately €4,500−8,000, depending on the appointee’s career stage and scholarly qualifications.

Applications must be accompanied by a single PDF file that includes the following documents in English:

• A curriculum vitae
• A list of publications (see
• A report on teaching experience and merits (max. 3 pages, e.g., a teaching portfolio:
• An informal report (max. 3 pages) on the applicant’s scientific activities (including the acquisition of research funding)
• 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.

Applications must be submitted through the University’s 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.

Further information may be obtained from Juri Mykkänen, Head of the Department of Political and Economic Studies,, phone +358 40 549 7003.

Apply at latest 02.02.2017

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