Doctoral Researcher, PAIN

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Oct 2022

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for a

Doctoral Researcher

to a fixed-term employment from January 1, 2023 to June 30, 2026. The position is in the Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies.

The Doctoral Researcher will be employed for 42 months to complete PhD studies in the Doctoral Programme in History and Cultural Heritage . The position is associated with an Academy of Finland -financed research project that investigates the long-term history of embodied experiences of pain in the British Atlantic world during the period ca.1600–1900 (PI Dr Soile Ylivuori). For more details on the project, see the project website .

The Doctoral Researcher will be a member of a four-person project team. The candidate will be working independently on a topic within the project’s scope, focusing on late nineteenth- and/or early twentieth-century Britain or USA, depending on their research interests. Their research will examine sensory and/or emotional experiences of pain in some form, with a preference on under-represented groups’ histories (e.g. women, ethnic/religious/LGBTQI+ minorities, children). Typically, the research would involve examining both archival and printed sources, tracing experiences of pain in a variety of autobiographical sources (e.g. letters, journals, memoirs).

The position may include some teaching or administrative duties (no more than 5%).


The Doctoral Researcher should have an MA in history or a related field, with some knowledge of cultural historical methods. Other requirements include proven ability and motivation to conduct independent research and to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to a study plan and research proposal. Excellent command of the English language is required, including an ability to read handwritten historical sources in English. Previous knowledge of affect theory, history of experiences, or history of medicine will be considered an asset.

The appointee should either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment, or apply for the right and obtain it within the probationary period of six months of their appointment. If the candidate does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, it must be applied for separately ( ). The requirements for pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki can be found at: .

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of gender identities, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.


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

The position is full-time and funded for 42 months. The salary will be based on levels 2-3 of the demands level table 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 starting salary will be ca. 2400-2600 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months. 

The University of Helsinki provides its staff with occupational health and sports services as well as professional development opportunities ( ). The appointee is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki. International staff is supported in relocating to Finland ( ).


The application must be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Employees of the University of Helsinki must submit their applications through the SAP Fiori portal: .

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English as a single PDF file titled “lastname_firstname_PAIN”:

  • A curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages) including publications
  • An application letter describing the applicant’s research interests and motivation toward the position (max. 500 words)
  • A tentative research proposal including a statement outlining how the proposed topic fits to the profile of the project (max. 1500 words)
  • One or two representative pieces of the applicant’s writing (if possible, including their MA thesis)
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who is familiar with the applicant’s academic profile, preferably their MA supervisor
  • The deadline for applications is 31 October 2022. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview, which will take place mid-November.

    The successful candidate would be expected to start on 1 January 2022 (or as soon thereafter as possible).


    For any questions and further information, please contact project leader Dr Soile Ylivuori ( ).

    The University of Helsinki 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.

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