University Lecturer in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 06 Sep 2022

The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of


for a fixed term appointment beginning on 1 October 2022 or as agreed (but no later than 1 January 2023), and ending on 31 July 2026.

The duties of the university lecturer will include providing teaching in accordance with the anthropology requirements of the BA and MA Programmes in Society and Change, MA Programme in Contemporary Societies, and Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Changes, supervising and examining theses and dissertations, and conducting research. The person appointed to the position is also required to contribute towards the administrative work of the unit.


The appointee shall hold an applicable doctoral degree and the ability to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations. The degree requirement must be met by the end of the application deadline. The curriculum includes courses taught in Finnish and English, and in order to successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good knowledge of both languages. Successful candidate will be expected to work with PhD researchers and to teach the doctoral seminar, and must demonstrate the ability to teach at that level.

When assessing the qualifications of each applicant, attention will be paid to:

  • Scholarly publications
  • Research activity
  • Other scholarly activities
  • Teaching experience, supervision of theses and dissertations and other pedagogical merits, pedagogical training, the development of teaching, the production of learning material
  • The applicant's teaching demonstration
  • The interview with the applicant.

In addition, we give particular consideration to proactive and innovative research pursuits, international publications and research networks, versatile knowledge of research methods and the ability to teach them, and success in the acquisition of external research funding.


We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment. The annual gross salary range will be approx. €45,000–63,000, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive benefits to its employees, including occupational health care, wellbeing and sport services and opportunities for professional development. Further information at . 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 6 September 2022.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A numbered list of publications on which the applicant has marked in bold his or her five key publications to be considered during the review
  • A report (max. 3 pages) on practical experience and qualifications relevant to the assessment of teaching skills
  • A report (max. 3 pages) on the applicant’s scholarly activities (including activities in scientific communities, international scholarly work, the acquisition of research funding and the applicant’s role in the acquisition of such funding)

Detailed information on the CV and list of publications as well as the presentation of teaching skills can be obtained online: .

The enclosures must be submitted as a SINGLE PDF file named as follows: fieldofposition_lastname_firstname. Other enclosures, such as recommendation letters or certificates, are not required.

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


Further information on the position and the work environment may be obtained from Dr Anni Kajanus, .

Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Minna Maunula, .

The discipline of Social and Cultural Anthropology is Finland’s largest anthropological research unit and has an active research environment that attracts highly talented students and hosts several large, internationally recognized research projects. The teaching of anthropology at the University of Helsinki emphasizes the tradition of fieldwork-based ethnographic research through which modern anthropology is connected to the central questions and issues of sciences concerned with culture, society and human behavior. Please read further at .

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