Tenure Track or Full Professor in Interactional Linguistics University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts Finland

The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity.


The Faculty of Arts (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-arts) of the University of Helsinki is Finland’s oldest institution for teaching and research in the humanities and the largest in terms of the structure and range of disciplines. It is also a significant international community fostering research, education and cultural interaction. The Faculty of Arts carries out research and teaching in the languages and literatures of Europe and other parts of the world, totalling close to 40 languages. In addition, a general theory of linguistics, translation studies and comparative literature is being developed.


The Faculty of Arts invites applications for the position of




The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent professorship or a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system), depending on his/her qualifications and career stage. Further information on the UH tenure track system at www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university/tenure-track-at-....


Interactional linguistics focuses on linguistic structures and interactional practices in everyday interaction. Interactional linguistics builds in particular on conversation analysis, as well as functional linguistics and linguistic anthropology. The successful applicant is a distinguished scholar of a Finno-Ugric or Scandinavian language with profound expertise in the study of spoken language and interaction, and familiarity with the research tradition of interactional linguistics. Furthermore, the successful applicant has experience in international research collaboration and methodological competence that can also benefit linguistic education and research more broadly.


The professor/associate professor/assistant professor in interactional linguistics will provide teaching in the Language, Multimodality and Interaction study module, based on collaboration between five disciplines (Finnish language, Scandinavian languages, sociology, education and logopedics), as well as in the master’s programmes of the Faculty of Arts and the Doctoral Programme in Language Studies.


The research focus areas of the Faculty of Arts include the study of cultural and linguistic diversity and interaction.




An appointee to the position of assistant/associate professor within the tenure track system shall hold a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. In addition, applicants for assistant/associate professorships shall demonstrate their capability and motivation as regards an academic career through publications and other means.


An appointee to a full professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and possess top-level scholarly qualifications and experience in the supervision of scientific research, along with the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching as well as to supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the appointee shall present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents. Holders of professorships shall also have the skills necessary to serve as academic leaders.

Holders of teaching and research positions at Finnish universities must be proficient in the language in which they provide instruction. The language of instruction in this position is Finnish. Instruction can also be given in Swedish. The appointee must have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Finnish and in Swedish. To successfully carry out to the duties of the position, the appointee must also have good English skills.


When assessing the qualifications of each applicant, attention will be paid to:
•scientific publications
•success in obtaining external research funding
•experience in leading of research projects
•international research experience
•activity in the academic community
•teaching experience, supervision of theses and dissertations and other pedagogical merits
•leadership and interaction skills
•language skills
•vision of how the applicant intends to focus his or her research and develop the field
•assessor statements



Annual gross salary for a full professor varies between 64,000 and 91,000 euros, and for an assistant/associate professor between 53,000 and 72,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.


Health care services and standard Finnish pension benefits are provided for the University employees.



Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply for the position button below. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.


Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English:
1) A curriculum vitae
2) A report (max. 5 pages) on pedagogical expertise
3) A report (max. 5 pages) on the applicant’s research activities (including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work)
4) A vision (max. 2 pages) of how the applicant intends to focus his or her research and develop the field
5) A numbered list of publications.


Detailed information on the CV and list of publications as well as the presentation of teaching skills
can be obtained online


The enclosures shall be uploaded as a single PDF file which shall be named as follows: interactionallinguistics_lastname_firstname. Other enclosures, such as recommendation letters or certificates are not required.


Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the Faculty may request them to submit up to 10 publications of their choice to be sent to assessors.




Further information on the position and the working environment may be obtained from Hanna Lehti-Eklund, Head of Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, hanna.lehti-eklund@helsinki.fi. Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from Anni Kauppinen, HR Specialist, anni.kauppinen@helsinki.fi.


In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment@helsinki.fi.


Due date
31.12.2018 23:59 EET

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