University Lecturer of Japanese Culture Studies 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 ( 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 invites applications for the position of




in an employment relationship valid until further notice commencing on 1 August 2019 or 1 September 2019.


The Faculty of Arts conducts research on Japanese culture, history and society as well as the Japanese language. We are currently recruiting a researcher specialised in Japan with a broad knowledge and a proven track record in research relating, in particular, to modern Japanese society and culture. The successful candidate also has research methodology skills that can be more widely used in area and cultural studies. The position is based at the Department of Cultures, Faculty of Arts.


The duties of the university lecturer of Japanese cultural studies include the provision of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in accordance with the degree requirements as well as the supervision and examination of theses and dissertations. The duties requiring good cooperation skills include participating in the planning and development of teaching together with the other staff of the Department, degree programmes and the discipline. The university lecturer will conduct research in the field and contribute to the discipline’s development. In addition, the university lecturer is expected to apply for external research funding.




An appointee to the position of university lecturer or clinical instructor shall hold an applicable doctoral degree and be able to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations.


When assessing the qualifications of applicants for the position of university lecturer, attention shall be paid to scientific publications and other research results of academic value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a teaching demonstration.


To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English and Japanese skills. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish or Swedish, he/she is expected to acquire moderate proficiency within a reasonable time after the appointment. Support for language studies is offered.



Annual gross salary for a university lecturer varies between 39,000 and 54,000 euros depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. There is a six-month trial period for the position.


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.


Applications must be accompanied with the following documents in Finnish, Swedish or English and in a single PDF file which is named japaneseculture_lastname_firstname:

1) CV,
2) a report of max. five pages on the applicant’s pedagogical expertise,
3) a report of max. three pages on the applicant’s research activities (including research funding and the applicant’s specialization in Japanese Culture Studies) and
4) a numbered list of publications.


Other attachments, such as recommendation letters or certificates are not required.


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Further information on the position and the working environment may be obtained from Jussi Pakkasvirta, Head of Cultures, Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from Anni Kauppinen, HR Specialist, In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact


Due date
31.03.2019 23:59 EET

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