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Job Opening: University Lecturer, Study of Religions, University of Helsinki

University Lecturer, Study of Religions

Apply at latest on: Jan 7, 2015
Fixed-term: Permanent
Faculty of Theology

The Faculty of Theology ( is the largest of the three theological units in Finland and has one of the highest numbers of theology students in Europe. The Faculty is a non-denominational academic community.

The university lecturer will provide teaching and supervision in the study of religions at all levels of study and in the English-language Master’s degree programme Religion, Conflict and Dialogue. The
university lecturer is also expected to carry out independent academic research, supervise and examine theses and dissertations, and attend to administrative and other duties jointly agreed upon. The position to be filled focuses on teaching, mainly at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. Thus it requires active engagement in the development of teaching.

The study of religions is a joint discipline of the Faculty of Theology and the Department of World Cultures of the Faculty of Arts. It has two professors and three university lecturers. Further information about the discipline is available at The appointee is expected to possess an applicable doctoral degree, to have the ability to provide high quality research-based teaching and to supervise theses and dissertations. Non-Finnish-speaking appointee is required to begin studying Finnish one year from the beginning of the employment at the latest. To successfully fulfill the duties of the position, the appointee must also have good English skills, as well as expertise in world religions and the research methods used in the study of religions.

Applicants should write a letter of application and enclose with it a development plan and an academic portfolio, as follows:

– The development plan (max. one page) must specify how the applicant, if appointed, intends to develop teaching and research in the field.

– The academic portfolio must present the applicant’s key qualifications and adhere to the following Faculty guidelines:

Applications and the required enclosures must be addressed to the Faculty of Theology and emailed to the University Registry at (or mailed to the following address: Registry of the University of Helsinki, PO Box 33, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland). The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 7 January 2015. (The Registry closes at 15.45 local Helsinki time.)

Further information about the position is available from the discipline coordinator Tuula Sakaranaho,, tel. +358 2941 24334.

For details about the salary and recruitment for the position, please contact Head of Faculty Administration Mikael Vänttinen,, tel. + 358 2941 22550.