Assistant/Associate Professor in Religion and the Digital World, University of Helsinki

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The University of Helsinki is the largest university in Finland and one of the leading research universities in Europe. The university belongs to the League of European Research Universities (LERU), and its eleven faculties provide academic education to 35000 students.

The Faculty of Theology was one of the original four faculties when the university was established in 1640. The faculty is today a non-denominational academic community that offers an inspiring environment for the best scholars in theology and religious studies.
Focused on high-level research in these fields, the faculty hosts two Centers of Excellence in Research and several other research groups. The faculty comprises 130 teachers and researchers and 2000 students. The faculty’s graduates work in churches and other religious organizations, as high-school teachers, and in various other fields (such as NGOs and societal work).

The Faculty of Theology is announcing an open tenure track


in Religion and the Digital world.

The position may be filled as assistant professor or associate professor, depending on the candidates’ merits and career stage. A person who is appointed to a tenure track position is employed as an assistant professor for fixed-term employment, during which his or her performance will be monitored and evaluated according to the criteria defined when concluding the employment contract. Successful rating in the assessment will lead to new fixed-term employment as associate professor, the overall aim being a permanent position as professor.

The assistant/associate professor will carry out scientific research in the field of the position, head and develop research in the field, provide teaching based on research and supervise master’s and doctoral thesis, acquire research funding, and participate both in international and national scientific cooperation and in societal interaction. The assistant/associate professor’s duties will also include the provision of teaching in the field, the supervision of theses and dissertations, and the management and development of research in the field by relying on national and international networks in line with the University of Helsinki’s 2015 profile proposal to the Academy of Finland (…).

According to the Government Decree on Universities, assistant/associate 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.

The salary for the position 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 be paid a salary component based on personal performance. Annual salary for a tenure track professor varies between 50,000 – 68,500 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. All standard pension benefits and occupational health care are provided for university employees. The University is committed to promoting equality and preventing discrimination in all its operations. For families with children, the city of Helsinki offers different possibilities for inexpensive daycare and a great number of good schools.

Applications must be accompanied by the following English-language

• An academic portfolio in which the applicant highlights his or her qualifications relevant to the position. The recommended length for the portfolio is 4-7 pages plus the enclosures (further instructions are available online at
• A development plan for research and teaching (max. 3 pages) • A curriculum vitae • A complete list of publications

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the Faculty might request them to submit 10 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors. The publications shall be saved to the University of Helsinki Recruitment System as attachments.

Please submit your application (in PDF-format) using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply link. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is 15 February 2017.

Enquiries about the vacancy:
Dean Ismo Dunderberg, ismo.dunderberg(at)

Enquiries regarding the recruitment process:
HR Coordinator Lauri Vähämäki, lauri.vahamaki(at)

Technical support with the recruitment system:


Apply at latest 15.02.2017

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