University Lecturer in Study of Religions

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 19 Mar 2024

The Faculty of Theology invites applications for the position of


in the study of religions for a fixed-term appointment from 1 August 2024 to 31 December 2025.

The appointee’s duties will include providing thematic and methodological teaching in the bachelor’s and master’s level degree programmes in theology and religious studies. The appointee will supervise and examine theses and participate in the planning and development of teaching. They will also attend to administrative and other duties to be agreed collaboratively, and will conduct research independently.

The study of religions focuses on the ethics and spiritual traditions of people as part of culture and society, both past and present. Research in the field makes use of approaches, research methods and applicable material in anthropology, history, cultural studies, psychology, sociology, and digital humanities.

Requirements for the position and assessment of qualifications

According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, appointees to university lectureships must hold an applicable doctoral degree and have the ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and supervise theses.

Pursuant to the Government Decree on Universities (770/2009), appointees to teaching and research positions at the University must be proficient in the language in which they provide instruction, i.e., Finnish or Swedish. The language of instruction in the present position is Finnish. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must also have satisfactory skills in Swedish and good skills in English. Applicants from a different language background or who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from the requirement for Swedish skills without a separate application. Further information on language skills and the demonstration of language proficiency is available on the University website.

When assessing the qualifications of applicants, attention will be paid to scholarly publications and other research results of scholarly value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning materials, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a teaching demonstration.

What we offer

The University of Helsinki offers the appointee a first-class research and teaching environment as well as the conditions required for international cooperation ( ).

The salary for the position will be based on levels 5–7 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The appointee’s gross annual salary will range from €42,000 to €56,000, depending on their previous experience and qualifications. The position includes a six-month trial period.

The University of Helsinki provides its staff with occupational health and fitness services as well as professional development opportunities ( ). International staff are supported in relocating to Finland ( ).

Application instructions

Applications must be accompanied by a single PDF file containing the following documents:

  • A curriculum vitae and doctoral degree certificate
  • A full list of publications
  • A report on teaching experience and the candidate’s ideas for teaching development (max. one A4 page)

Other attachments, such as letters of recommendation or certificates, are not required at this point.

Candidates from outside the University must apply through the University’s recruitment system by clicking on ‘Apply now’. Candidates with a user account and a valid employment contract or a contract for grant-funded researchers, visiting researchers or visiting professors at the University of Helsinki must apply by clicking on ‘Employee login’.

The closing date for applications is 19 March 2024 at 23.59 (local Helsinki time).

The University of Helsinki is committed to promoting equality and preventing discrimination in all its operations. We welcome applicants from a variety of gender identities, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Further information about the position is available from Dean Antti Räsänen, [email protected] , +358 2941 23710, and about the recruitment process, from HR Specialist Reeta Korhonen, [email protected] .

Read more about the University of Helsinki as an employer.

The University of Helsinki Faculty of Theology ( is the largest of the three academic theology units in Finland. In addition, it is one of Europe’s largest units in the field of theology and religious studies in terms of student numbers. The Faculty is an academic community unaffiliated with any religion or spiritual belief.

The mission of the Faculty is to conduct research on religion and its manifestations, provide teaching based on research, and engage in national and international social debate. International assessments have found that the research conducted at the Faculty is of a high quality, and the Faculty cooperates actively with equivalent top-level research units.

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