As­sist­ant/​As­so­ci­ate Pro­fessor of Jur­is­pru­dence, Swedish-Language Po­s­i­tion

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 02 Jun 2021

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The Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki is the leading Finnish institute of legal education. The Faculty offers undergraduate degrees in Finnish, Swedish and English as well as a bilingual undergraduate degree in Swedish and Finnish. Some of the degrees awarded by the Faculty are completed at its bilingual Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies. The Faculty has a teaching and research staff of around 130 people and 2,400 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The mission of the Faculty of Law is to produce diversely qualified, ethically responsible legal professionals for both the Finnish and international labour markets through internationally high-quality research and research-based teaching. Issues related to the founding principles of law and the legal system as well as the foundations and methods of legal thinking and argumentation have long been at the core of the Faculty’s research. These issues also play a key role in legal education.

The Faculty of Law invites applications for the position of


The education provided by the Faculty of Law to Finnish- and Swedish-speaking undergraduate students is divided into the Bachelor’s Programme in Law and the Master’s Programme in Law. The appointee will teach in both of these programmes and, if necessary, in the Faculty’s international master’s programmes and the Doctoral Programme in Law. The appointee will also have teaching duties at the Faculty’s Vaasa Unit.

The field of teaching will be jurisprudence (theoretical and philosophical foundations of law and legal thinking and argumentation as well as related methods).

Furthermore, the appointee’s duties will include the supervision of under- and postgraduate students.

Appointment criteria

The successful applicant may be appointed to a fixed-term assistant/associate professorship (tenure track system), depending on their qualifications and career stage. Further information on the University of Helsinki career path and the tenure track system can be found at .

An appointee to the position of assistant/associate professor must hold a doctoral degree and have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work, as well as the teaching skills necessary for the position. In addition, the appointee must have the ability and motivation to pursue an academic career, as demonstrated by publications and other means.

Particular consideration will be given to applicants with extensive theoretical and methodological expertise. Expertise in not only the field of teaching, but also in other areas relevant to the field of jurisprudence (socio-legal studies, law and gender, etc.) will be considered an asset.

Pursuant to section 1 of the Government Decree on Universities (770/2009), appointees to teaching positions at the University of Helsinki must be proficient in the language in which they provide instruction, i.e., Finnish or Swedish. In addition, they must have at least satisfactory oral and written skills in both languages.

Section 32 of the Regulations of the University of Helsinki provides for the possibility of granting an exemption from the language requirement laid down in the Government Decree. However, positions established for the purpose of Swedish-language teaching have a special status at the Faculty, and an appointee to a Swedish-language teaching position cannot be granted an exemption from the proficiency requirement in Swedish.

The ability to teach and assess students in Finnish as well will be considered an advantage.

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills.

When considering the qualifications of applicants, attention will be paid to both scientific and teaching qualifications. Scientific qualifications include scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, success in obtaining external research funding, scientific work outside Finland, and international specialist and elected positions. Teaching qualifications include teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning materials, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a teaching demonstration, as well as participation in doctoral education. Furthermore, the applicants’ leadership and interaction skills, as well as activity in the research community, will be taken into account.

The salary for the position will be based on level 7 (assistant/associate professor) 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 approximately €5,000 to €6,000, depending on their qualifications and career track stage.

Applications must be accompanied by the following Swedish- or English-language documents in a single PDF file:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A report on teaching experience and qualifications
  • A full list of publications
  • A plan (max. two pages) for the development of research and teaching
  • Or, alternatively, an academic portfolio containing the above documents and information. Further information on the academic portfolio is available at .

Applicants are kindly asked to be prepared, after the application period, to submit for assessment no more than 10 publications of their choosing from their list of publications.

Applications must be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Current employees of the University of Helsinki must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal ( ).

The closing date for applications is 2.6.2021.

Further information on careers at the University of Helsinki:

Further information on the assessment of teaching skills:

Further information on the position can be obtained from Dean Pia Letto-Vanamo, pia.letto-vanamo(at)
Further information on the recruitment process can be obtained from HR Specialist Minna Boström, hr-oiktdk(at)

Due date

02.06.2021 23:59 EEST

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