Deadline 2 March: Post doc researcher at University of Helsinki

for a fixed term of one year, commencing 1 August 2015 or as agreed.
The aim of the postdoctoral researcher position is to encourage a talented, recently graduated holder of a doctoral degree to seek further qualifications and become an independent professional researcher.
According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, the appointee must hold a doctoral degree and have the ability to conduct independent scientific work as well as the teaching skills required by the position. In the project, the task of the appointee would be to conduct a study exploring the narratives arising from different strands of European thought on law, tradition and history. Such a study may concentrate on the history of law, jurisprudence, Roman law, intellectual history, the history of totalitarianism of the 20th century and other relevant themes.
The background of the postdoctoral researcher may be in law, history, the social sciences (e.g. political studies or anthropology), or another applicable field. The project explores subjects such as the spread of influences in the history of science and its bibliometric study, as well as the impact of totalitarianism and refugees on research, identity formation and changes in the concept of the rule of law. Due to the broad scope of the themes in the project, its researchers must exercise creative and multidisciplinary thinking.
In addition to teaching and participation in administrative duties the Faculty assigns to teachers, the duties of the postdoctoral researcher include research related to the theme of the project. Research is conducted as a part of a team, and postdoctoral researchers will also supervise the work of doctoral students along with the head of the research project. The work involves research in libraries and archives outside Finland.
The applicant’s doctoral degree is expected to have been granted no more than four years prior to the application deadline. For exceptional reasons which must be stated in the application, an applicant who completed his or her doctoral degree more than four years ago may be considered.
Pursuant to Section 1 of the Universities Decree (770/2009), appointees to the position of postdoctoral researcher must be proficient in the language in which they provide instruction, i.e., Finnish or Swedish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Finnish and 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. Since English is the working language of the research project, as well as the main language of instruction for the postdoctoral researcher, the appointee must have good oral and written skills in English. Competence in the German language is considered an asset. The fulfilment of this language requirement will be assessed based on the application documents and a possible interview.
The salary will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will receive a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary for the position will be EUR 3.127,54 – 4.155,86 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and work experience. There will be a four-month trial period for the position. All standard pension benefits and occupational health care are provided for University employees.
Applications must be accompanied by 1) a CV, 2) a list of publications, 3) a report of qualifications relevant to the assessment of research merits and their relevance to the project, and other documents that may be relevant to the selection; or alternatively, an academic portfolio containing the above mentioned documents and information, and 4) a proposal for a research theme (maximum 3 pages). In addition, the applicant must enclose with the application 5) two publications, which he or she considers particularly important. Further information about the academic portfolio is available at
Applications addressed to the Head of the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki, must be delivered, together with the required enclosures, to the following address: Registry of the University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 33 (Yliopistonkatu 4), 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland. The application may also be submitted electronically to the address The closing date for applications is 2 March 2015. (The Registry closes at 15.45 local Helsinki time).
Further information about the position can be obtained from Jussi Pakkasvirta, Head of Department, tel. +358-2941 23795, jussi.pakkasvirta(at) Further information about the research project can be obtained from Kaius Tuori, Principal Investigator, kaius.tuori(at), tel. +358-2941 23533.


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