Postdoctoral Researcher, Health and Social Services

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 May 2023

11 May 2023
Job Information

Research Field

Ethics in health sciences
Ethics in social sciences
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)
Established Researcher (R3)

Application Deadline

31 May 2023 - 00:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER for a fixed term period starting as agreed for the duration of 2 years.

The postdoc will work with Associate Professor of Health and Social Services, Minna Zechner, affiliated with the Discipline of Social Work  and the cross-disciplinary UHealth initiative . The post holder will be involved in existing and preparation of projects and will have capacity and keen interest to contribute to new project ideas and applications.

The research themes include (but are not limited to) ageing, care, social work and services, intergenerational relations and precarity in old age. The two projects Economic and social sustainability across time and space in an ageing society (SustAgeable ) and Gerontological social work responding to complex needs of older adults (GERIT ) give some idea of the field of study. A degree of familiarity, or capability to become familiar with, the landscape of social work and social and health services provision and related policies in Finland will be considered an advantage. While applicants who have strong qualitative or quantitative methods skills will be considered, applicants with competence and ability to develop both sets of skills are especially welcome.

In addition, the researcher is expected to contribute to teaching in the master’s programme in health and social services and leadership and in the discipline of Social Work (up to 5% of their working time annually), as well as prepare new research proposals while conducting own research as part of the team.


An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in Social Work, Sociology, Social Policy, or other relevant field. The degree requirement must be met by the beginning of the employment. The successful applicant will have strong methods skills, and an excellent command of written English and Finnish. The applicant’s research interests should be broadly aligned with the research areas of the Principal Investigator (Associate Professor Minna Zechner ).


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 annual gross salary range will be approx. €42,000 – €47,000, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services  to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.

The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki. The Faculty of Social Sciences provides assistance in relocation.


Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link "Apply now" below. Applicants who are currently employed by the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP Fiori portal at . The closing date for applications is 31st May, 2023.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English:
1) A curriculum vitae, 2) A statement (max 2 pages) outlining the following: skills in qualitative research and quantitative methods and preliminary ideas for research related to the field of  Principal Investigator 3) A numbered list of publications on which the applicant has marked in bold their two key publications to be considered during the review.

Detailed information on the CV and list of publications can be obtained online .

Applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background or from members of minority groups are welcomed.


Further information about the position and the research project may be obtained from Associate Professor Minna Zechner,

The Faculty of Social Sciences  is Finland’s leading research and education institute in the social  sciences, and the country’s most diverse social sciences faculty in terms of the range of its disciplines  and fields of research. The Faculty has a strong international research profile and an international master’s programme, and several of its disciplinary units have been rated among the top 50 in the world.  The Faculty has approximately 500 research and teaching staff, and each year it awards some 350 bachelor’s degrees, 400 master’s degrees and more than 40 doctoral degrees.

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Helsinki, Finland

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Helsinki, Finland

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