University lecturer, INVEST Flagship

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 29 May 2019

The Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Turku invites applications for the position of 

University lecturer in the INVEST Research Flagship Center for a fixed term from 1.9.2019 to 31.12.2022

The INVEST Research Flagship Center (http://invest.utu.fi/ ), located at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Turku, is recruiting a university lecturer.

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. INVEST includes five six projects: APEX project, INDIRECT project, consortium project TITA. In addition, there are three research and intervention projects developed at the University of Turku: KiVa, Opintokamu project and the Voimaperheet model.

The tasks of the university lecturer include: 1) planning of the study modules of the INVEST doctoral program, launching in 2019, and the international master's program, launching in 2020; 2) acting as a teacher in charge for the curriculums of the programs; 3) teaching in the programs or other teaching tasks; and 4) potential administrative, university-associated or other tasks. It is possible to include courses from the specialty areas of the teacher to the planned programs.

When the Research Flagship Center acquires the extension to its funding, it is possible to extend the university lecture’s contract to years 2023-2026. The working language of the research flagship INVEST is English, so the skills in Finnish are not required. Administratively, the position will be part of Unit of Sociology at the Department of Social Sciences.

The candidate is required to have a suitable PhD degree and the ability to provide high quality research-based teaching and to supervise theses.

The merits to be evaluated include scientific work, teaching experience and pedagogical education, the ability to produce learning materials, and other achievements in teaching and learning. When the position is filled, high quality quantitative methodological skills and research merits, especially in the specialty areas of the research flagship center, are considered as special advantages.

The salary is in accordance with the University salary system for teaching and research personnel levels 5 – 7 where the work-specific salary component is between  2935,55-3946,50 euros/month. The component based on personal performance adds a maximum of 50 % to this salary.

Applicants must include in their application an academic portfolio, a list of merits and publications, as directed by the Faculty, and five publications considered important for the performance of the applicant's duties, as well as other documents that may affect the performance of the position. The appendices should follow the guidelines of the faculty, see: https://www.utu.fi/en/university/faculty-of-social-sciences/career . The working language of the research flagship INVEST is English, so the attachments must be submitted in English. 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 of 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.

The eligibility criteria for a University lecturers are defined in the rules of procedure of the University of Turku https://www.utu.fi/en/university/organisation .

Further details are available upon request from Professor Jani Erola, +358 29 450 2157, jani.erola@utu.fi . Inquiries will be answered by Kati Nurminen kati.nurminen@utu.fi .

Applications must be submitted by 29.5.2019 via the electronic application form of the University of Turku.

A link to the application form can be found under the information of this position in http://www.utu.fi/en/university/university-as-an-employer/open-vacancies/ . 


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