Monday, August 29, 2016

Postdoctoral researcher for Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies

The Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies is Finland’s largest and most diverse centre of research and academic education in Finnish, Swedish and related languages as well as literature written in them. The Department is an internationally renowned centre of learning in Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian languages as well as home to the world’s largest concentration of Finnish language and literature research and academic teaching. The Department offers seven disciplines.

The Department focuses on several fields, of which those central to Finno-Ugrian language studies include linguistic typology, historical linguistics, minority languages, language contacts, multilingualism, variation and language policy as well as the emerging field of onomastics.

The Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies invites applications for the position of


for fixed-term employment from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019.

The field of the position is Finno-Ugrian language studies.

The appointee’s duties will include full-time research on Finno-Ugrian languages other than Finnish, Hungarian and Estonian. In addition to his or her research work, the postdoctoral researcher will contribute to teaching and supervision as well as other departmental activities. The appointee will also participate in planning research projects.

The salary will be based on level 5 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 work performance.

According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, an appointee to the position of postdoctoral researcher shall hold a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. The appointee is also expected to have good collaboration skills as well as the ability to work proactively and independently.

According to the Government Decree on Universities, postdoctoral researchers are required to be proficient in Finnish or Swedish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in the other national language of Finland (Finnish or Swedish). According to the Regulations of the University, 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. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must be proficient in English.
Applications must be accompanied by the following enclosures:

- A curriculum vitae
- A list of publications
- A description (max. 2 pages) of how the applicant’s own research relates to the themes of the research field and the duties of the postdoctoral researcher, as outlined in the call for applications
- Any other documents that may be relevant to the selection

Applicants must submit one copy of each of the application documents.

The application, together with the required attachments, must be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on Apply for job. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2016. Further information can be obtained from Professor Riho Grünthal, phone +358 50 310 2749,

Apply at latest 30.09.2016

Due date

Friday, September 30, 2016