University lecturer, Portuguese

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 12 Dec 2022

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for the position of


for a permanent appointment as of 1 August 2023, or as agreed. There is a six-month trial period for the position. The position is in the Department of Languages.

The Department of Languages at the Faculty of Arts researches and teaches the Portuguese language as part of the Iberian Romance languages. The university lecturer is responsible for the provision of teaching in Portuguese within the Bachelor’s Programme in Languages and of Portuguese philology in the Study Track in Iberian Romance Philology within the Master’s Programme in Languages. The appointee will provide both language skills teaching and linguistics teaching,  and will teach students of other languages in courses related to their specialist field. The university lecturer will contribute actively to planning and developing teaching and to administrative work.


According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, an appointee to a university lectureship must hold an applicable doctoral degree and be able to provide high-quality teaching based on research and supervise theses.

When assessing the qualifications of applicants, attention is paid to scholarly publications and other research results of academic value, teaching experience relevant for the position, pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, and other teaching merits.

The appointee must have expertise in the Portuguese language and linguistics. The successful applicant should be an active researcher interested in contributing to the wider development of teaching and research. The ability to carry out teaching and research in Portuguese literature and culture and in other languages or research topics represented at the Department of Languages will be considered an advantage, as will previous international work experience.

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. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish, they are expected to acquire a level of proficiency sufficient for participating in the activities of the academic community within two years of being appointed. Support for studying the language will be offered. To successfully complete the duties of the position, the appointee must have excellent skills in Portuguese and English. If necessary, applicants may be asked to provide additional information on their language skills during the application process.


We offer the opportunity to work in an inspiring, international and multidisciplinary environment. The salary will be based on levels 5–7 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel 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 monthly salary will range from €3,500 to €4,500, depending on their qualifications and experience. 

The University of Helsinki provides diverse staff benefits and opportunities, such as support for skills development and applications related to research projects, and library, fitness and wellbeing services. Further information on career opportunities and staff benefits is available at . The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background, or minority group.


Applications must be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system via the link below. Current employees of the University of Helsinki must submit their applications through the SAP Fiori portal.

Applications must be accompanied by a single (1) PDF file that includes the following documents:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • An informal report (max. five pages, e.g., an academic portfolio) of the applicant’s teaching expertise
  • An informal report (max. three pages, e.g., an academic portfolio) of the applicant’s scholarly activities, including acquired research funding
  • A list of publications
  • The file must be named as follows: portugali_lastname_firstname.

    See instructions: .

    After the closing of the application period, the top candidates may be asked by the appointment committee to attend an interview and, if necessary, draw up a separate report on their teaching qualifications and give a demonstration of teaching skills.


    Further information on the position can be obtained from Professor, Department Director Johanna Viimaranta, johanna.viimaranta(at) . Further information on the recruitment process can be obtained from HR Specialist Maria Colliander, maria.colliander(at) .

    The University of Helsinki is Finland’s oldest and largest academic institution, an international scholarly community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki usually ranks among the world’s top 100 universities. The University of Helsinki is seeking solutions to global challenges and engendering new thinking for the benefit of humanity.

    The University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Arts ( ) is Finland’s oldest and largest unit of teaching and research in the arts in terms of the organisation and selection of its disciplines. The Faculty is also a significant international community of research, education and culture. The Faculty of Arts carries out research and teaching in the languages and literatures of Europe and other parts of the world, totalling close to 40 languages. In addition, a general theory of linguistics, translation studies and comparative literature is being developed.

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