Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Craft Science and Craft Pedagogy
University of Helsinki Faculty of Educational Sciences

The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits.

The internationally esteemed and highly successful Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki is Finland’s leading unit of research and teaching in Educational Sciences and Teacher Education. The Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki conducts research related to human growth, development and learning, multilingualism and justice in education, pedagogy and didactics. Research objects are educational systems, learning environments and learners.

Our research aims towards the realization of cultural and social possibilities for the wellbeing of an individual and a society in a changing world. We provide undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education that qualifies students for both the teaching profession and other positions requiring general academic expertise. We also offer the pedagogical studies required to qualify as a teacher to students majoring in other faculties’ disciplines.

The study track of Craft Teacher Education at the Faculty of Educational Sciences is seeking

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

The field of the position is craft science and craft pedagogy.

The position may be filled as assistant/associate professor (tenure track) or as full professor depending on the candidate’s merits and career stage. The position is to be filled as of August 1st 2021 or sooner.

The duties of the assistant/associate/full professor include research and development of teaching, learning and teacher education in the field of craft science and craft pedagogy. The person selected for the position will instruct students in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in educational sciences, especially in the study track for craft teacher education, but also in common (educational sciences) studies as needed. The person selected will be responsible for, in particular, the study track's pedagogical and subject-matter didactics studies, along with leading and developing research widely linked to the field of the position in national and international networks. Additionally, the duties of assistant/associate/full professor include instruction of theses and dissertations, as well as administrative tasks.


An appointee to the position of assistant/associate professor within the tenure track system shall hold a suitable doctoral degree (i.e. within educational sciences or craft science), have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. Additionally we expect applicants to have carried out teacher’s pedagogical studies (60 credits in Finnish university education or equivalent in the applicant’s local educational system). Applicants for assistant/associate professor shall demonstrate their capability and motivation for an academic career through publications and other means. When assessing the qualifications of applicants attention is paid to both scholarly and teaching qualifications as well as success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience and other international experience.

An appointee to a full professorship shall hold a suitable doctoral degree (i.e. within educational sciences or craft science), possess top-level scholarly qualifications and experience in the supervision of scientific research and provide evidence of international cooperation in the field of research that the appointee represents. Applicants are expected to have carried out teacher’s pedagogical studies (60 credits in Finnish university education or equivalent in the applicant’s local educational system), and to have the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching as well as supervise theses and dissertations. The position also requires the skills necessary to serve as an academic leader. When assessing the qualifications of applicants attention is 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 scientific commissions, positions of trust and international relations. When considering the teaching qualifications of each applicant, attention will be focused 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. Applicants’ leadership and interaction skills, societal interaction and activity in the academic community will also be taken into account.

Additionally, the recruitment committee shall examine the applicants’ views on development of research and teaching in the position field. As for short-listed applicants, the evaluation shall also include external expert assessments and an interview by the recruitment committee.

The appointee must be competent in the language in which he or she provides instruction, in this case Finnish language. 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 appointee must also have good English skills. The university offers support the appointee in learning Finnish language.


The annual gross salary of full professor in the beginning of employment varies between 69,000 and 96,000 euros depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The annual gross salary of assistant/associate professor varies between 55,000 and 69,000 euros depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

The faculty’s administrative and technical staff, as well as your expert colleagues will support you in your role. The university takes care of your well-being by flexible work arrangements, comprehensive occupational health care and wide-ranging, low-cost UniSport services. Professional development is supported in different ways, i.e. by offering mentoring and versatile staff training.

The Faculty of Educational Sciences is a dynamic, inspiring and international working and studying environment that has invested in state-of-the-art research and teaching infrastructure. We encourage our staff to make bold and creative decisions while exercising high standards of ethical conduct in research, teaching and community relations.


Applications are 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) submit their applications through the SAP HR portal

Please note: All application documents need to be in English language and submitted as one single pdf file. The file needs to be named as follows: lastname_professor[craftscience]. Make sure to attach the pdf to the position you’re applying for in the recruitment system.

The application needs to include all of the following documents:

1. University portfolio / CV
See instructions:

2. A full, numbered list of publications (in which the ten publications most relevant to the position are indicated in bold font) as instructed by the Academy of Finland:

3. A plan for developing research and teaching (1-2 pages)

4. A report on the applicant’s scientific / research activities (1-3 pages including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work)

We request you to fill out a separate report on your teaching qualifications via:

On the Faculty’s request, short-listed applicants should prepare to submit up to 10 publications of their choice after the application period.

The application deadline is March 7th 2021.


For information about the Helsinki university tenure track –model, please visit:

For information about our Faculty, please visit

For information about the position and working environment, please contact Professor Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, pirita.seitamaa-hakkarainen(at)

For information on the recruitment process, please contact the faculty HR Specialist Linda Ylönen, linda.ylonen(at)

For support with the recruitment system, please contact: rekrytointi(at)

Helsinki university is committed to promoting equality and to prevent discrimination throughout all operation and activities. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Read more about working at the university:

Due date

07.03.2021 23:59 EET


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