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Assistant/Associate Professor in Religion and the Digital World

The Faculty of Theology is announcing an open tenure track: Assistant/Associate Professor in Religion and the Digital world.

The University of Helsinki is the largest university in Finland and one
of the leading research universities in Europe. The university belongs
to the League of European Research Universities (LERU), and its eleven
faculties provide academic education to 35000 students.

The Faculty of Theology was one of the original four faculties when the
university was established in 1640. The faculty is today a
non-denominational academic community that offers an inspiring
environment for the best scholars in theology and religious studies.
Focused on high-level research in these fields, the faculty hosts two
Centers of Excellence in Research and several other research groups. The
faculty comprises 130 teachers and researchers and 2000 students. The
faculty’s graduates work in churches and other religious organizations,
as high-school teachers, and in various other fields (such as NGOs and
societal work).

The position may be filled as assistant professor or associate
professor, depending on the candidates’ merits and career stage. A
person who is appointed to a tenure track position is employed as an
assistant professor for fixed-term employment, during which his or her
performance will be monitored and evaluated according to the criteria
defined when concluding the employment contract. Successful rating in
the assessment will lead to new fixed-term employment as associate
professor, the overall aim being a permanent position as professor.

The assistant/associate professor will carry out scientific research in
the field of the position, head and develop research in the field,
provide teaching based on research and supervise master’s and doctoral
thesis, acquire research funding, and participate both in international
and national scientific cooperation and in societal interaction. The
assistant/associate professor’s duties will also include the provision
of teaching in the field, the supervision of theses and dissertations,
and the management and development of research in the field by relying
on national and international networks in line with the University of
Helsinki’s 2015 profile proposal to the Academy of Finland

According to the Government Decree on Universities, assistant/associate
professors must be proficient in Finnish. They must also have at least
satisfactory spoken and written skills in Swedish. Foreign citizens,
non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in
Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a
separate application.

The salary for the position will be based on level 7 of the requirement
scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of
Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary
component based on personal performance. Annual salary for a tenure
track professor varies between 50,000 – 68,500 euros, depending on the
appointee’s qualifications and experience. All standard pension benefits
and occupational health care are provided for university employees. The
University is committed to promoting equality and preventing
discrimination in all its operations. For families with children, the
city of Helsinki offers different possibilities for inexpensive daycare
and a great number of good schools.

Applications must be accompanied by the following English-language

• An academic portfolio in which the applicant highlights his or her
qualifications relevant to the position. The recommended length for the
portfolio is 4-7 pages plus the enclosures (further instructions are
available online at
• A development plan for research and teaching (max. 3 pages)
• A curriculum vitae
• A complete list of publications

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after
the closing of the application period, the Faculty might request them to
submit 10 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors. The
publications shall be saved to the University of Helsinki Recruitment
System as attachments.

Please submit your application (in PDF-format) using the University of
Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply link. Applicants who are
employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their
application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is 15
February 2017.

Enquiries about the vacancy:
Dean Ismo Dunderberg, ismo.dunderberg(at)

Enquiries regarding the recruitment process:
HR Coordinator Lauri Vähämäki, lauri.vahamaki(at)

Technical support with the recruitment system:


Apply at latest 15.02.2017