Postdoctoral Researcher, Philosophy And Theory Education
University of Oulu Theory and Philosophy of Education Research Group

Postdoctoral Researcher, Philosophy And Theory Education


The University of Oulu is an international science university, with 15 000 students and approximately 3000 employees. The strengths of the University are its wide multidisciplinary study and research interests, its modern research and study environment, and its good cooperation with international research and education institutes. Its multidisciplinary research structure offers unique possibilities for path-breaking innovations.


Term of the position: 1 September 2019 – 28 February 2022


Research Unit: Values, Ideologies and Social Contexts of Education


This postdoctoral research position is a part of the research project Theory and practice of learning to be a citizen: Experiences from Tanzania and Uganda (CS-LEARN). CS-LEARN is a consortium project which  connecting the Theory and Philosophy of Education Research Group (TheorEd) led by the leader of the sub-project, Prof. Katariina Holma at the University of Oulu, and the research group on Civil Society and Citizenship in Development (CitDe) led by PI, Academy of Finland Research Fellow Tiina Kontinen at the University of Jyväskylä (JYU). The consortium collaborates with the University of Dodoma, Tanzania and Makerere University, Uganda. The CS-LEARN project expands the team’s ongoing research project Growth into Citizenship in Civil Society Encounters (GROW) (AoF 2015-2019), which explores ideas of citizenships in NGO interventions and among community members in Tanzania and Uganda in connection with a notion of learning as growth based on philosophical pragmatism and especially the work of John Dewey. The CS-LEARN project scrutinizes multiple theories, practices and experiences of learning to be a citizen in civil society with case studies in Tanzania and Uganda and develops research methodology for bringing empirical and philosophical research into dialogue in a methodologically sound manner.


The open position will focus on the theories of citizenship and learning. The tasks include conducting philosophical analysis on premises beyond different ideals of citizenship and learning relevant to the CS-LEARN project and selected in collaboration with the PIs. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to have a strong background in philosophy or educational theory. Additional experience in research fields such as development studies, anthropology, African studies or cultural studies is considered beneficial but not obligatory for applying for the post.


The position requires ability to conduct scholarly research and produce publications in English; and capability and willingness to be a collaborative and contributing member of an international research group. The candidate must hold a PhD degree before Friday, 10 May 2019. 


The salary will be set on levels 5 to 6 of the demand level for teaching and research staff in Finnish universities. In addition to the job-specific salary component, a personal work performance component is also paid amounting to not more than 50 % of the job-specific component.


Apply online on Friday, 10 May 2019 at the latest.


Please include the following attachments in your application:

1) a letter of motivation (max. 3 pages) including a description of your relevant  experience, your motivation to apply for this post, and reflection on why you consider yourself suitable for the post,

2) a curriculum vitae (max 4 pages) prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (,

3) a publication list based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland, and

4) names and contact information of two referees.


The position is filled as of 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.


For more information on the research project, see


Further details are available from Professor Katariina Holma, katariina.holma(at)

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