Postdoctoral Researcher in Medieval Studies at University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki, Finland is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a postdoctoral associate position in humanities. The deadline for applying is January 23, 2019.

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

for a fixed term from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2022. The position is associated with the ERC project Medieval Publishing from c. 1000 to 1500.

The project explores the act of publication. It seeks to establish the key parameters for the process of authorial publishing during the Middle Ages. Its investigations focus on the activities of authors and their circles, as they made preparations for the primary stages of circulation. Its case-studies build on the relevant historical record, text-critical evidence, and the physical evidence of manuscripts. For more information, see

The appointee will study authorial publication in Italy or elsewhere during the later medieval and humanistic periods.

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree and be able to conduct independent scholarly work. Solid knowledge of medieval Latin and manuscript studies is requisite. The appointee is expected to contribute c. 5 peer-reviewed papers (in any of the major European languages) on the subject of authorial publishing in Italy or elsewhere during the later medieval and humanistic periods. Precise research tasks will be defined in collaboration with the PI. The appointee will also contribute to the activities of the research project, such as teaching and assisting to organize an international conference towards the end of the project. Good social skills and a pro-active attitude are naturally assets. The working language is English. The appointee will be based at Helsinki for year 1. The base is negotiable for years 2 and 3 in order to facilitate access to source texts. If needed, the starting date, 1 April 2019, is negotiable.

Annual gross salary for a postdoctoral researcher varies between 37,000 and 43,000 euros, depending on the appointee's qualifications and experience. The contract will include a six-month trial period.

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

Please submit your application, together with the required documents, 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 submit their application via the SAP HR portal.

1) a curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages) with a list of publications,

2) a short description (max. 2 pages) of the applicant's relevant methodological skills and how her or his research interests match the Medieval Publishing research project, 3) a sample of c. 10000 words of the applicant's research (e.g. doctoral dissertation), 4) the contact information of two referees, 5) and optionally other relevant documents. The deadline for applications is January 23, 2019.

Technical support for using the University's electronic recruitment system or the SAP HR portal:

For further information please contact Associate Professor Samu Niskanen,

The decision will be communicated towards the end of January.


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