Professor or Assistant Professor of History

A new opening professor position in humanities is available at University of Helsinki, Finland. Applications are invited up to July 03, 2019.

The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world.

We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits.

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

The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent professorship or a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system), depending on his or her qualifications and career stage.

The position focuses on the history of Finland and the Nordic countries before the year 1800, one of the Faculty's central strengths in historical research. The appointee must be able to consolidate and reform historical research and teaching in this research area, as well as its social impact. Furthermore, the appointee must be able to provide education based on their high-quality research, supervise theses and dissertations as well as postdoctoral researchers, lead research projects and promote the dissemination of research findings throughout society. Having a broad-based approach to historical research in general and to the history of Finland in particular is naturally considered an asset, as is familiarity with Finnish archival sources. Recently, attempts to reform education and research in the field of history have been made especially by employing digital methods, and the appointee’s ability to contribute to such efforts is considered important. At the Faculty of Arts, Finnish history is perceived as part of the history of the Baltic region and the whole of Europe, making interaction between national, Nordic and international history a factor significant to the position.

The professor or assistant/associate professor will work at the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki and will provide instruction in the Bachelor's and Master's Programmes in History as well as the Doctoral Programme in History and Cultural Heritage.

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.

When assessing the qualifications of each applicant, attention will be paid to both scholarly and teaching qualifications. Scholarly qualifications include scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience as well as international elected positions. When considering the teaching qualifications of each applicant, attention will be focused on teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills as well as participation in doctoral education. The applicant's leadership and interaction skills as well as activity in the academic community will also be taken into account.

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English 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.

The salary for the position will be based on levels 810 (professor) and 7 (assistant/associate professor) of the requirement scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. Annual gross salary for a full professor varies between 64,000 and 96,000 euros, and for an assistant/associate between 50,000 and 68,500 euros, depending on the appointee's qualifications and experience. Standard Finnish pension benefits and occupational health care are provided for University employees.

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 report (max. 2 pages) on how the applicant intends to develop his or her research and focus his or her activities, if appointed 5) A numbered list of publications. 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 the assessors.

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link below. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal

Further information on the position and the working environment may be obtained from Paavo Pylkknen, Head of Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, paavo.pylkkanen(at) Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from Hanna Lotti, HR Specialist, hanna.lotti(at)

For information on the University of Helsinki as an employer and a description of the tenure track system please see .

In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment(at)


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