Professor/​Assistant Professor in Social History

Job opportunity, University of Helsinki, Finland

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 the Consumer Society Research Center, the Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy and 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

The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of


in social history.

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

The position is in the discipline of economic and social history, which has one professorship (economic history) and two university lectureships (one shared on a 50% basis with the discipline of political history) in addition to the current position. The discipline of economic and social history also has approximately 10 researchers and doctoral students, and annually awards some 15 Master’s degrees and one or two doctoral degrees.

The professor/assistant professor is expected to hold a doctoral degree and be able to conduct top-level international research and provide teaching based on such research. 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 also possess experience in the supervision of scientific research and present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents. If appointed to the assistant professorship, the applicant must also have the ability and motivation to pursue a scientific career, as demonstrated through publications or otherwise.

The successful applicant will have extensive research and teaching qualifications in the field of social history and the methodology of social science history. When considering the applicants, scholarly work outside Finland, high-quality international publications, international collaboration networks as well as success in the acquisition of external research funding will also be given consideration. The appointee will teach courses in the Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes in Society and Change as well as the Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Changes.

According to the Government Decree on Universities, assistant professors must 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. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee 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 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 annual salary will be approximately 56,000–100,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s career stage and scholarly qualifications.

The following English-language documents must be enclosed with applications:

• A curriculum vitae
• A list of publications, see
• An informal report (max. 5 pages) on the applicant’s scholarly activities (international research experience, success in obtaining research funding and activities in the scientific community)
• A report on teaching experience and merits (max. 3 pages, e.g., an academic
• 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. Applicants must save these publications in the University’s electronic recruitment system as attachments to their application, if specifically asked to do so after the closing date.

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 may be obtained from Juri Mykkänen, tel. +358 50 448 440, juri.mykkanen(at)

Apply at latest 05.10.2016