University Lecturer in Baltic Languages

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 26 Sep 2022

The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity.

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Helsinki ( ) is Finland's oldest and largest department of education and research in the field of science in terms of structure and subject selection. It is also an important international research, educational and cultural community. The Faculty of Arts studies and teaches languages and literature spoken in Europe and other parts of the world, with almost 40 languages. In addition, we are developing the general theory of linguistics, translation science and literary research.

Faculty of Arts is looking for


for an open-ended employment relationship as of 1 January 2023 or by agreement. The position is filled on a six-month probationary period. The assignment is located in the Department of Languages. 

At the Faculty of Arts, the Department of Languages studies and teaches Baltic languages (Latvian and Lithuanian) and their literature and culture. The university lecturer is responsible for teaching Baltic languages in bachelor and master programs together with other teachers. They are responsible for bachelor's and master's level courses in Latvian, including both language skills teaching and theoretical teaching and thesis guidance. The university lecturer is also actively involved in the planning and development of the teaching and administrative work.


According to the University of Helsinki's regulations, the selected candidate is required to have a suitable doctoral degree and the ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and to direct theses.

When assessing the merits of applicants, scientific publications and other research results with scientific value, teaching experience relevant to the task, pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning materials and other merits achieved in teaching positions shall be taken into account.

The person selected for the position is required to provide Latvian language teaching and to have expertise in language, literature or cultural studies related to Baltic languages and cultures. They are an active researcher who is also interested in participating in broader teaching and research development work.

According to the University Decree (770/2009), the university's teaching and research assignment is required to master the language, Finnish or Swedish in which he or she must teach. The language of instruction for this task is Finnish. If the person selected does not speak Finnish, he or she is required to acquire sufficient Finnish language skills to work in the university community within two years. Support is offered for language learning. Successful performance of the task requires excellent Knowledge of Latvian and English. The knowledge of Lithuanian and Slavic languages is considered an advantage.


The position offers the opportunity to work in an inspiring, international and multidisciplinary environment. The remuneration of the position is based on levels 5–7 of the level of complexity map of the teaching and research staff of the university's remuneration system. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance is paid. The university lecturer's gross salary is approximately EUR 3,500–4,500 per month, depending on the earnings and experience of the person to be selected.

The University of Helsinki offers its employees a wide range of opportunities and benefits, such as support for competence development, applying for research projects, library, sports and well-being services. For more information about career opportunities and benefits, visit . The University of Helsinki hopes to attract applicants from different genders, language and cultural backgrounds and minorities.


The application is submitted to the university's electronic recruitment system via the Apply for a Job link. Applicants employed at the University of Helsinki apply for the position through the SAP Fiori portal.

The following documents must be attached to the application as a single (1) PDF file:

  • CV
  • a free-form report on the applicant's educational expertise of up to five (5) pages (e.g. university portfolio)
  • a free-form report on the applicant's scientific activities of up to three (3) pages (e.g. university portfolio), including the research funding acquired;
  • catalogue of publications
  • The file is named as follows: Baltic_languages_lastname_firstname.

    See instructions for . 

    At the end of the application period, the shortlisted candidates will be invited into an interview and, if necessary, to a teaching demonstration.


    For more information on the position, please contact Professor Johanna Viimaranta, . For more information on the recruitment system and process, please contact HR Specialist Rosa Beckmann at . 


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