As­sist­ant/​As­so­ci­ate/​Full Pro­fessor, Early Child­hood Education and Care

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 17 Jun 2021

The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe 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 internationally esteemed and highly successful Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki is Finland’s leading unit of research and teaching in Educational Sciences and Teacher Education.

The Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki conducts research related to human growth, development and learning, multilingualism and justice in education, pedagogy and didactics. Research objects are educational systems, learning environments and learners. Our research aims towards the realization of cultural and social possibilities for the wellbeing of an individual and a society in a changing world. We provide undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education that qualifies students for both the teaching profession and other positions requiring general academic expertise. We also offer the pedagogical studies required to qualify as a teacher to students majoring in other faculties’ disciplines.

UHealth – Interdisciplinary Research for Health and Well-being platform advances multidisciplinary research, facilitates cooperation between faculties, research units and networks, and coordinates collaboration with external partners in the area of health and well-being research at UH. The joint platform of the faculties of Social Sciences, Medicine, Agriculture and Forestry, Educational Sciences, Pharmacy, Arts, and Veterinary Sciences was established in 2021 as part of UH university profiling measures.

UHealth offers Principal Investigators dedicated support for interdisciplinary research and versatile opportunities for research collaboration with external partners. More information on UHealth is available online at

We are looking for Principal Investigators to strengthen leadership in interdisciplinary research on health and well-being, and invite applications for the position of


The field of the position is Early Childhood Education and Care. The position is located in the Department of Education at the Faculty of Educational Sciences.

The position may be filled as assistant professor or associate professor (tenure track), or as full professor depending on the candidate’s merits and career stage. The position is to be filled as of January 1st 2022 and it comes with a startup package through which either a post-doctoral researcher or a PhD student can be hired. The position has a six-month trial period.

The duties of the assistant/associate/full professor include research and development of teaching, learning and teacher education in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care, as well as participation in and development of UHealth activities. The person selected will be responsible for research and teaching widely linked to the field of the position. He/she will supervise students of Early Childhood Education in the study programs Bachelor and Master’s program in Education. In addition to leading and developing research in national and international networks, the duties also include instruction of theses and dissertations as well as administrative tasks.


An appointee to the position of assistant/associate professor within the tenure track system shall hold a suitable doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. Applicants for assistant/associate professor shall demonstrate their capability and motivation for an academic career through publications and other means. When assessing the qualifications of applicants attention is paid to both scholarly and teaching qualifications as well as success in obtaining external research funding, research experience abroad and other international experience.

An appointee to a full professorship shall hold a suitable doctoral degree, possess top-level scholarly qualifications and experience in the supervision of scientific research and provide evidence of international cooperation in the field of research that the appointee represents. Applicants are expected to have the ability to provide top-level, research-based teaching as well as supervise theses and dissertations. The position also requires the skills necessary to serve as an academic leader. When assessing the qualifications of applicants attention is 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 scientific commissions, positions of trust and international relations. 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. Applicants’ leadership and interaction skills, societal interaction and activity in the academic community will also be taken into account.

Additionally, the recruitment committee shall examine the applicants’ views on development of research and teaching in the position field. As for short-listed applicants, the evaluation shall also include external expert assessments and an interview by the recruitment committee.

The appointee must be competent in the language in which he or she provides instruction, in this case Finnish language. 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. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish, he or she must attain a level of Finnish proficiency suitable for everyday communication within three years of taking up the position. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must also have good English skills. The university will support the appointee in acquiring the necessary Finnish language skills.


The annual gross salary of full professor in the beginning of employment varies between 71,000 and 97,000 euros depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The annual gross salary of assistant/associate professor varies between 58,000 and 70,000 euros depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

The faculty’s administrative and technical staff, as well as your expert colleagues will support you in your role. The university takes care of your well-being by flexible work arrangements, comprehensive occupational health care and wide-ranging, low-cost UniSport services. Professional development is supported in different ways, i.e. by offering mentoring and versatile staff training.

The Faculty of Educational Sciences is a dynamic, inspiring and international working and studying environment that has invested in state-of-the-art research and teaching infrastructure. We encourage our staff to make bold and creative decisions while exercising high standards of ethical conduct in research, teaching and community relations.


Applications are submitted through the University's job advertisement page: (submit your application via the button "Apply for the position" at the bottom of the page).

Please note: All application documents need to be in English language and submitted as one single pdf file. The file needs to be named as follows: lastname_professor[UHealth]. Make sure to attach the pdf to the position you’re applying for in the recruitment system.

The application PDF-file needs to include all of the following documents (in English):

1. University portfolio / CV

See example:

2. A full, numbered list of publications (in which the ten publications most relevant to the position are indicated in bold font) as instructed by the Academy of Finland:

Please note: use the publication type categories on your publications list as instructed here:;registryCode=research;schemeCode=J...

3. A plan for developing research and teaching (1-2 pages in total)

4. A report on the applicant’s scientific / research activities (1-3 pages in total, including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work)


We request you to fill out a separate report on your teaching qualifications via:

On the Faculty’s request, short-listed applicants should prepare to submit up to 10 publications of their choice after the application period.

The University of Helsinki is committed to promoting equality and to prevent discrimination throughout all operation and activities. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

The application deadline is 17.6.2021.


For information about the Helsinki university tenure track -model, please visit:

For information about our Faculty, please visit:

For further information about the position, please contact:

professors Mirjam Kalland mirjam.kalland(at), +358294128401

or Lasse Lipponen lasse.lipponen(at), +358 50 318 5000

and UHealth Director Ville-Pekka Sorsa, ville-pekka.sorsa(at), +358 29 412 4559.

For information on the recruitment process, please contact:

faculty HR Specialist Linda Ylönen, linda.ylonen(at)

For support with the recruitment system, please contact:


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