Postdoctoral Researcher in Department of Languages
University of Helsinki, Department of Languages



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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 Arts is a significant international community fostering research, education and cultural interaction. The Faculty has 7,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs 500 experts. The Department of Languages is one of the six departments of the faculty, specializing in over 20 languages spoken in Europe and elsewhere.


The Department of Languages invites applications for a




For a fixed term period of one year from 1 March onwards (or as agreed).


We are looking for candidates with a background in linguistics, history or digital humanities, or some combination of these. The candidate would work in a research project focusing on the late modern period up to the first half of the twentieth century, actively collaborating with the research project members and participating in joint publications. Expertise in the use of computational methods in linguistic or historical research as well as familiarity with the period should be shown in the research plan.


The successful candidate will become part of DEMLANG, a research consortium between the University of Helsinki and the University of Tampere, which studies the interrelatedness of the sociocultural processes of democratization and mediatization and changes in language practices in Britain (1700–1950). The consortium aims to discover mechanisms operating in the bidirectional relationship between sociocultural change and language change, focusing on linguistic features that carry indexical meanings on different levels of discourse. More information about the consortium is available at


The research is based on various corpora and other text collections. The successful candidate will carry out research on these data, using methods of corpus linguistics and other suitable methods of digital humanities. The research community in Helsinki offers good opportunities for collaboration, both within the university and internationally. The candidate’s own research plan should reflect the aims of the research project. More specific objectives for the position and forms of collaboration will be discussed during the possible interview of the candidate. Duties of postdoctoral researcher include normal participation in teaching at the Faculty (5-10%) and academic service.


An appointee must hold a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline, the ability to conduct independent scientific research and possess the teaching skills required for the position. In addition, the candidates are expected to have excellent skills in English.


The salary shall be based on level 5 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. The annual salary range will be approx. 41,000 EUR – 50,000 EUR (gross income). In addition, occupational health care will be provided.


Please submit your application as a single pdf file which includes the following documents in Finnish, Swedish or English:

* Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
* List of Publications
* Research Plan (maximum 5 pages).
* Names of references (2)


Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System SAPHR via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to send their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for the application is 15 January.


Further information of the position can be obtained from Professor Minna Palander.Collin ( Technical assistance with the University’s electronic recruitment system or SAPHR portal can be obtained from


Apply at latest 15.01.2018


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Due date
Monday, January 15, 2018

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