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University of Helsinki, Finland

Professor/associate professor/assistant professor in public law

The University of Helsinki http://www.helsinki.fi/university is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University has several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. Some 36,000 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree at the University.

The Faculty of Law http://www.helsinki.fi/law at the University of Helsinki is the leading Finnish institute of legal research and education. Some of the Faculty degrees are completed at the bilingual Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies http://www.helsinki.fi/oik-vaasa/english. The Faculty’s mission is to train qualified, ethically responsible legal professionals for both the Finnish and international markets through high-quality international research and research-based teaching. The Faculty offers undergraduate degrees in Finnish, Swedish and English as well as a bilingual degree in Swedish and Finnish. The Faculty has a teaching and research staff of around 130 people and 2,400 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Faculty of Law invites applications for the position of

PROFESSOR/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR/ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN PUBLIC LAW

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

The field of public law encompasses constitutional law, European public law, administrative law, financial law, environmental law and international law.

The education provided by the Faculty of Law to Finnish- and Swedish-speaking undergraduate students is divided into the Bachelor’s Programme in Law and the Master’s Programme in Law. The appointee will provide teaching in both programmes. The Bachelor’s Programme in Law is organised into the following thematic fields of teaching:

  • Public law
  • Private law I
  • Private law II
  • Criminal, procedural, administrative and environmental law
  • Economics, society and law
  • General jurisprudential studies.

The Bachelor of Laws degree is divided into thematic fields as above, and each of the fields encompasses several disciplines and branches of law. The appointee is expected to provide teaching in at least two thematic fields or, if the appointee’s expertise focuses on a single thematic field, to provide teaching in more than one discipline within that field. The position may also include the provision of teaching in other courses included in the degree, degree studies in the University’s other fields, the Faculty’s international Master’s programme and in the Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies. The Faculty offers teaching in Finnish, Swedish and English. Teaching may also be bilingual, i.e., offered in both Finnish and Swedish.

When selecting the appointee, particular consideration will be given to applicants with extensive expertise. Consequently, applicants should describe their areas of expertise in their applications.

The division of fields of law will be considered flexibly. For example, the extent to which environmental law or European law falls under private versus public law cannot be clearly demarcated. This also applies to such elective disciplines as sports law, medical and biolaw, and communication law.

An appointee to a professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and possess top-level scholarly qualifications and experience in the supervision of scientific research, as well as the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching and to supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the appointee shall present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents. Holders of professorships shall also have the skills necessary for serving as an academic leader. Top-level scholarly qualifications need not be demonstrated in all the areas of an extensive professorship, but the criterion must be met in at least one area.

An appointee to an associate/assistant professorship shall hold a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. Other requirements include the ability and motivation to pursue a scientific career, as demonstrated through publications or otherwise.

According to the Government Decree on Universities, professors/associate professors/assistant professors are required to be proficient in the language in which they provide instruction. 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. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish, he or she must attain a level of Finnish proficiency suitable for everyday communication within three years of taking up the position. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointees must also have good English skills.

When assessing the qualifications of each applicant, attention will be paid to both scholarly and teaching qualifications. Scholarly qualifications include scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience as well as international expert and elected positions. When considering the teaching qualifications of each applicant, attention will focus on teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills as well as participation in doctoral education. The applicant’s leadership and interaction skills as well as activity in the scientific community will also be taken into account.

The salary for the position will be based on levels 8-10 (professor) and 7 (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 scholarly qualifications and career stage.

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

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 up to 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 the link below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal. The closing date for applications is 1 February 2017.

Further information on careers and the tenure track system at the University of Helsinki: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university/careers-at-the-university-of-helsinki.

Further information on the assessment of teaching skills: http://www.helsinki.fi/law/faculty/application-instructions_open-positions.html.

Further information about the position may be obtained from Dean Kimmo Nuotio, kimmo.nuotio(at)helsinki.fi.

Apply at latest 01.02.2017

University of Helsinki

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Published:
2017-01-10
Application deadline:
2017-02-01

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