Full Professor of Political History
University of Helsinki Faculty of Social Sciences

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.

Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of

Tenure Track or Full Professor in Political History

The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent professorship or a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system), depending on his/her qualifications and career stage. Further information on the UH tenure track system at www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university/tenure-track-at-....

Political history is a historical and social scientific discipline at the Faculty of Social Sciences. It investigates the multi-layered history of political phenomena as well as the presence of the past in contemporary societies Core research areas are the history of political governance, political activity and related institutions and ways of thinking, as well as social change, stability and conflicts from national, international and transnational perspectives. Research projects in the field have, in recent years, concentrated particularly on the history of the welfare state and the Nordic model, the Cold War, international relations, European integration and history politics.

The appointee must provide strong evidence of independent research that meets high international standards, provides new research perspectives and is connected to the above overarching research themes. Successful completion of the duties requires knowledge of historical approaches structured around the social sciences. The ability to engage in multidisciplinary cooperation in teaching and supervision as well as interest in the development of teaching will be considered an asset. In addition, applicants with knowledge of digital research material and/or interest in developing their usage as part of the discipline’s research and teaching will be considered favourably.


An appointee to the position of assistant/associate professor within the tenure track system shall hold a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. In addition, applicants for assistant/associate professorships shall demonstrate their capability and motivation as regards an academic career through publications and other means.

An appointee to a full professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and possess top-level scholarly qualifications and experience in the supervision of scientific research, along with the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching as well as to supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the appointee shall present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents. Holders of professorships shall also have the skills necessary to serve as academic leaders.

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish or Swedish, he/she is expected to acquire moderate proficiency within a reasonable time after the appointment. Support for language studies is offered.

When assessing the qualifications of each applicant, attention will be paid to:

• scientific publications
• success in obtaining external research funding
• leading of scientific research
• international research experience
• activity in the academic community
• teaching experience, supervision of theses and dissertations and other pedagogical merits
• leadership and interaction skills
• vision of how the applicant intends to develop the field and focus his or her research
• assessor statements
• interview.


We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive, international and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment. Annual gross salary for a full professor varies between €70,000 and 96,000, and for an assistant/associate professor between €57,000 and 69,000, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive benefits to its employees, including occupational health care, wellbeing and sport services and opportunities for professional development. Further information at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.


Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal https://saphr.it.helsinki.fi/irj/portal.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English:

• A curriculum vitae
• A numbered list of publications on which the applicant has marked in bold font his or her five key publications to be considered during the review
• A report (max. 3 pages) on the applicant’s research activities (including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work)
• A vision (max. 2 pages) of how the applicant intends to develop the field and focus his or her research
• A report (max. 2 pages) on pedagogical expertise

Detailed information on the CV and list of publications as well as the presentation of teaching skills can be obtained online: www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-social-sciences/faculty/applying-for-teach....

The enclosures shall be uploaded as a single PDF file which shall be named as follows: fieldofposition_lastname_firstname. Other enclosures, such as recommendation letters or certificates are not required.

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the Faculty may request them to submit up to 5 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors.


Further information on the position and the working environment may be obtained from Professor Kimmo Rentola, kimmo.rentola@helsinki.fi.

Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Minna Maunula, minna.maunula@helsinki.fi.

Further information on the discipline of political science at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-social-sciences/research/disciplin....

The Faculty of Social Sciences is Finland’s leading research and education institute in the social sciences, and the country’s most diverse social sciences faculty in terms of the range of its disciplines and fields of research. The Faculty has a strong international research profile and an international MA program, and several of its disciplinary units have been rated among the top 50 in the world. The faculty has ca. 450 research and teaching staff, and each year it awards some 350 Bachelor’s degrees, 400 Master’s degrees and more than 40 doctoral degrees. For more information, please see the Faculty website at http://www.helsinki.fi/socialsciences/.

Due date

16.08.2020 23:59 EEST


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