Lecturer in Arts
University of Helsinki

Lecturer in Arts


The Faculty of Arts invites applications for the position of

University Lecturer in Nordic Studies

for a fixed-term 12 month contract (a substitute position, 1.1.-31.12.2024).


Nordic studies examines the Nordic countries from a societal and cultural perspective emphasizing both contemporary phenomena and historical knowledge. Centre for Nordic Studies CENS is a multidisciplinary research unit under the Department of Cultures, which practices and promotes multidisciplinary and comparative research and teaching on the Nordic region. CENS mission is to identify and analyze the particular factors, historical experiences, societal arrangements, cultural voicing and political conduct that make the Nordic countries Nordic.


The University lecturer in Nordic studies will supervise and examine MA theses and provide teaching in accordance with the curriculum at master level studies. The appointee will also conduct independent research in their own discipline and contribute to the development of the discipline. Duties require good cooperation skills and include participation in the planning and development of teaching together with other staff members from the department, degree programmes and the discipline.


Requirements for the position and assessment of qualifications
The appointee to the position must hold an applicable doctoral degree, to have the ability to provide research-based teaching of high quality and to supervise theses.


When assessing applicants’ qualifications, attention will be paid to both scholarly and teaching merits. Scholarly qualifications include scholarly publications and other research results of scholarly value and experience in research projects. Teaching qualifications include teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning materials, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a teaching demonstration.


A university lecturer is required to have proficiency in the Finnish language. In addition, he or she is also required to have at least satisfactory oral and written skills in the Swedish language. When filling the position, foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from the language requirement without a separate application. Further information about language skills and their demonstration can be found on our website.


To successfully carry out the duties of the position, the appointee is expected to have fluency in English and ability to teach and supervise theses in English within the European and Nordic Studies Master's Programme. Other language skills relevant to Nordic studies, in especially Swedish, are considered to be additional merit, as well as research and teaching experience suitable for the profile of CENS and its consortium ReNEW.


What we offer
The salary for the position will be based on levels 5-6(-7) of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The gross annual salary is ca. €42,000–€56,000, depending on previous merits and career stage. A six-month trial period will be applied.


The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development, as well as a first-class research and teaching environment and the preconditions necessary for international cooperation. Further information available on our website. International staff is supported in relocating to Finland.


How to apply
External applicants, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via Apply Now button.


Applicants who have a helsinki.fi -username and a valid employment contract, a grant researcher’s contract or a visiting researcher’s contract at the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by using the Employee Login.

The application must include the following documents in a single PDF file named as CENS_Lastname_Firstname:

  1. A cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for the research work and a short research plan
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. A report (up to 5 pages) on pedagogical expertise or alternatively, an academic portfolio containing equivalent information
  4. A report (up to 3 pages) on the applicant’s research activities including the acquisition of research funding or alternatively, an academic portfolio containing equivalent information
  5. A list of publications, including the 5 most relevant publications for the position applied for.

Other attachments, including letters of recommendation or certificates, are not required at this point. Further information is available on our webiste.  


The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants of all genders, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds.

The closing date for applications is 28.08.2023 at 23:59 EEST.


Further information
Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Peter Stadius (peter.stadius(at)helsinki.fi). For information on the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Hector Nystedt (hr-humtdk(at)helsinki.fi).


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The Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki is the oldest and the largest humanities teaching and research unit in Finland in terms of its disciplinary structure and range of subjects. It is also a major international research, education and cultural community.


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Open position

Due Date:  28.08.2023
Unit:  Faculty of Arts
Sub-unit:  Department of Cultures
ID:  2441

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