Professor of Music Performance Research
University of the Arts Helsinki

The University of the Arts Helsinki is an international forerunner in education and research in the arts and solidifies the arts as a driving force in society. The University of the Arts Helsinki’s wide selection of programmes in the arts as well as its productive dialogue between pedagogy and research have earned the University of the Arts Helsinki a unique reputation on an international scale.

The Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki is opening a post for a


for a fixed-term post of five years, beginning on 1 January 2020. The post is located in the Sibelius Academy’s DocMus Doctoral School within the Faculty of Classical Music. Due to on-going developments in the programme and the field, this will remain a fixed-term post for the foreseeable future.

Working environment

The Sibelius Academy is the highest-level music educator in Finland, training artists skilled in independent artistic work as well as teachers and other music professionals. It is one of the largest concert producers in Finland and home to the country’s largest hub of university music research, with approximately 2,200 students and 650 person-years.

Doctors of Music have graduated from the Sibelius Academy since the start of the 1990s. During the past 28 years, altogether 217 Doctors of Music have graduated from the Sibelius Academy. Doctoral education is offered in the Arts Study Programme, Research Study Programme and Applied Study Programme, all of which include a strong research core. The Research Study Programme involves a traditional doctoral dissertation, while students of the Applied Study Programme develop music-related practices and tools via research, and students of the Arts Study Programme deepen their artistry and research approach. There are currently 148 doctoral students: 92 in the DocMus Doctoral School, 63 in Arts Study Programme, 16 in Research Study Programme and nine in the Applied Study Programme.

Since 2013, the Sibelius Academy has been a part of the University of the Arts Helsinki, together with the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and the Theatre Academy Helsinki. Collaboration among the three academies is increasing, as is the multidisciplinary character of the operating environment.

Research has been identified as a key focus area of the University of the Arts Helsinki 2017–2020. The current university-level profiling areas include history of the arts, artistic research and arts education. DocMus Doctoral School’s research and education are focused on the Western tradition of art music from a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches.


Further information can be found on the University of the Arts Helsinki website


Professor of Music Performance Research – Job Description

General duties of the Professor

The Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts stipulates that Professors:

1. Conduct and publish research representing their field
2. Lead, foster and develop education within their field in collaboration with other faculty members
3. Provide students with study guidance and remain sufficiently at their disposal
4. Participate in the student admissions process and study assessments
5. Provide the university with periodic reports on teaching, research and/or artistic activities
6. Complete required administrative duties associated with the post

Specified duties of the Professor of Music Performance Research

  • Research and publishing activity
  • Visionary development of research in one’s specialty area
  • Establishment of research projects and groups and procurement of related funding
  • Teaching and instruction tasks, to some extent in bachelor- and master-level studies, though primarily in doctoral education
  • Responsibility for overall development of doctoral education together with the doctoral schools
  • Domestic and international networking

Research for the Professor of Music Performance Research may be connected to the following areas:

  • Performance practices
  • Performance psychology
  • History and cultural history of performance
  • Analysis and performance
  • Pedagogy of performance
  • Philosophy of performance

Selection criteria

In addition to the Universities Act and Uniarts Helsinki’s Staff Regulations, the successful implementation of the tasks of Professor of Music Performance Research requires:

  • A PhD or equivalent scholarly doctoral degree
  • Demonstration of high-level international research as well as academic publishing activity
  • Demonstrated success in securing research funding
  • Experience and vision in planning and organising doctoral education
  • Good teaching skills and success in supervising doctoral candidates
  • Experience and proof of international networking and successful collaboration

A person with a scholarly doctoral degree who does not fulfil all of the above-mentioned criteria may also be selected for the post if he/she is particularly distinguished in relation to all other criteria.

The following will be considered advantages:

  • Demonstration of results in academic planning or academic leadership tasks
  • Education in university pedagogy
  • Competence in several research methods
  • Experience in musicianship and/or research collaboration with musicians
  • Proof of participation in multidisciplinary research projects

The work and qualifications of professors are commented on in the Universities Act and the University of the Arts Helsinki’s Staff Regulations. More information can be found in the document opening through this link (pdf).

We will evaluate the commitment and motivation of applicants to work as a full-time professor, as well as their visions for and insights into fostering and developing their field based on their application materials and a separate demonstration of proficiency. In the proficiency demonstration, we will evaluate the teaching and other relative skills and competencies of the shortlisted candidates, as well as their viewpoints in other respects in relation to the demands of the tasks of the professor and their working environment. We will hold the demonstrations of proficiency in October 2019. If needed, in the evaluation of proficiency we may also take into account a personal assessment of the candidate provided by an external partner.

Language proficiency

The teaching languages of the post are Finnish and English. From Finnish applicants, we require excellent Finnish or Swedish and good command of the second national language and English. From non-Finnish applicants, we require excellent command of English. In accordance with the Staff Regulations of the University of the Arts Helsinki, the rector may decide to deviate from the language requirements. Language skills are assessed in the demonstration of proficiency.

In addition, Finnish candidates are required to present one of the following certificates of proficiency in Finnish or Swedish:


1) A certificate signed by a member or deputy member of the State Board of Language Examinations, or in another manner prescribed by the Decree on the Demonstration of Knowledge of the Finnish and Swedish Languages in State Administration (481/2003) (e.g. by passing the language test included in the basic curriculum of a university-level institution)

2) A certificate issued by a professor, assistant professor, or lecturer who teaches the language in question at a Finnish university-level institution

3) A matriculation examination certificate indicating a pass in the language in question


The salary is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. The task-specific salary component is on level 8. In addition, a personal salary component will be paid. The monthly salary at the beginning of employment will be approximately EUR 5,100–5,700. The salary will be specified on the basis of the elected person’s qualifications and work experience. The starting salary will be agreed upon in connection with other terms of employment.

Recruitment process

The recruitment committee will assess the eligibility and suitability of the applicants based on their own evaluation as well as according to the statements of at least two experts outside the University of the Arts Helsinki and any other available materials. The Sibelius Academy’s Academic Council comments on the selection proposal made by the recruitment committee. Following this, the Dean of the Sibelius Academy makes the selection proposal to the Rector of the University of the Arts Helsinki, who then makes the final appointment of the Professor. The recruitment process is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

The University of the Arts Helsinki plans to create tenure-track positions for professors and lecturers in 2019. The University of the Arts Helsinki reserves the right to include the open position as a tenure-track position once the university has decided on criteria for its tenure-track system.

How to apply

The application period concludes on 3 April 2019 at 23:59 p.m. (GMT +2). Please address your application in English to the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, and send it via email along with attachments as a single document in pdf format to siba.kirjaamo(at) with the subject heading “Professor of Music Performance Research”. You will then receive an acknowledgement of receipt via email.

The application (one pdf document) must include the following:


  1. Open application letter, in which the applicant describes his/her vision of teaching and research, their strengths in relation to the post of Professor and to the needs of the Sibelius Academy’s  doctoral students (max. 4,000 characters)
  2. A CV completed according to the guidelines of the National Advisory Board on Research Ethics:
  3. A list of publications completed according to the “Guidelines for list of publications”, as specified by the Academy of Finland:
  4. Sample materials and their respective catalogue: no more than five scholarly publications, which show his/her competence and merits in relation to the post in question


International experts are involved in the application process. Consequently, the application letter, CV and bibliography must be delivered in English. Materials written in languages other than English should be translated. We do not translate any applications or documents.

Prior to compiling the employment contract, the successful candidate must provide official copies of required degree diplomas and language proficiency certificates.

The University of the Arts Helsinki reserves the right to leave a position unfilled or to continue the application period without any way jeopardising the chances of previous applicants.


  • For further details concerning the advertised post, please contact Professor Tuire Kuusi, tel. +358 40710 4337. She is best reached by email or phone on:
    • Thu 7 March 2019, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Fri 15 March 2019, 12:00-1:00 p.m.


  • For further details concerning applying and the application process, please contact HR Officer Katja Vento, tel. +358 40 710 4213.
  • Email addresses of the University of the Arts Helsinki are in the format

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