2-4 Senior Researchers to the INVEST Research Flagship Center (# of pos: 4)

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Mar 2020

The University of Turku is a world-class multidisciplinary research university which offers interesting challenges and a unique vantage point to national and international research and education.


2-4 Senior Researchers (recent postdocs or equivalent) to the INVEST Research Flagship Center for a fixed term from 1.5.2020 to 30.4.2022.

The INVEST Research Flagship Center (https://sites.utu.fi/invest/ ), located at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Turku, is recruiting 2-4 Senior Researchers (recent postdocs or equivalent).

The research flagship Inequalities, Interventions, and New Welfare State (INVEST) aims at providing a new model for the welfare states that is more equal, better targeted to problem groups, more anticipatory as well as economically and socially sustainable. The existing research indicates that the Nordic welfare states are efficient in reducing the negative outcomes that are related to many of the structural family disadvantages, such as parental low education, unemployment or poverty. Despite this, children and youth are still particularly vulnerable when negative life course events take place unexpectedly or when many disadvantages accumulate to the same families. The growth environments can strengthen these negative effects.  

The flagship has been funded by the Academy of Finland and is implemented in cooperation with the University of Turku and the Institute of Health and Welfare (THL). The multidisciplinary project combines sociology, social policy, demography, psychology and psychiatry, in addition to the other connected fields of sciences.

The positions are located within the unit of sociology. The research to be conducted will be linked to one or more of the following topics:

  • The social and genetic inheritance of inequalities
  • Inequalities over/within the life-course and their change over time
  • Wellbeing of immigrants and their children
  • Perinatal health and transitions to adulthood

Areas of particular interest include education and learning, social status and class as well as income, wealth and consumption.

The persons chosen for the positions will work under the supervision of Jani Erola, Mikko Niemelä and Elina Kilpi-Jakonen. The researchers will participate in the work conducted in the research groups, collaborate with other research groups in the program and apply further funding for their own research.

The persons chosen for the positions are expected to have: a) a PhD in sociology, demography or in a field related to the topic (or expected to acquire such a degree within six months), b) strong skills in quantitative methods and experience on using register, panel, survey or comparative datasets, c) the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and publish research on the topics related to the project.

The eligibility criteria for the positions are defined in the rules of procedure of the University of Turku https://www.utu.fi/sites/default/files/public%3A//media/file/UTU_Rules_of_Procedure.pdf (Section 37).

The persons chosen for the positions are expected to begin in their employment on the 1st  of May 2020 at the earliest and on the 1st  of September at the latest. Contracts will last for two years, with an option for extension.

The salary is in accordance with the University salary system for teaching and research personnel levels 4–6 where the work-specific salary component is between 2535,20–3423,25 euro/month. The component based on personal performance adds 6–50 % to this salary.

There will be a trial period of six months.

The application should include: a) a motivation letter describing the applicant’s own research interests in the field and how they relate to the project, b) an academic portfolio, c) a CV, d) a list of publications, e) a copy of the PhD thesis (or if not yet defended, the manuscript and a statement from the supervisor on the expected date of defending the thesis) and f) two writing samples (articles or manuscripts) on topics related to the project.

The appendices should follow the guidelines of the faculty.  The electronic database allows the applicant to submit only one application file to each application section. Information on the file forms to be used can be found in the additional information on each application. Please note that the database only allows the publications to be submitted in a packaged form (.zip). One .zip-file may include several individual files.

Further details are available upon request from Professor Jani Erola, +358 29 450 2157, jani.erola@utu.fi . Any inquiries about the recruitment process or the e-recruitment system will be answered by HR Specialist Marja Andersson, +358 29 marja.andersson@utu.fi .

Applications must be submitted by the 31st of March, 2020 (23:59) using the electronic application form of the University of Turku on the following address: https://www.utu.fi/en/university/come-work-with-us/open-vacancies . The link to the application system is at the beginning of this announcement (Apply for the job). 

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