Postdoctoral Researcher in Values, Ideologies and Social Contexts of Education University of Oulu, Faculty of Education Finland

Postdoctoral Researcher - Values, Ideologies and Social Contexts of Education

The University of Oulu is one of the biggest and most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. Our ambitious and talented science community forms an international research hub that is striving towards a more sustainable and intelligent future. The strengths of the University include broad, multidisciplinary research interests, a modern research and study environment, and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes.


The position is located in the research unit “Values, Ideologies and Social Contexts of Education” in the Faculty of Education. The unit studies the theoretical and philosophical foundations, values and social contexts of education and educational research. Education and educational research are approached as historically constructed phenomena and mindsets. The goal is to construct a critical theoretical and practical understanding of education and pedagogy ( The disciplines and fields of research of the unit include education, global education, educational psychology, psychology, sociology and gender studies. The research carried out by the unit is characterised by methodological diversity and innovation.


The person to be appointed is required to show evidence of a strong research orientation and high-level publication activities as well as participation in the development of national and international research cooperation. The appointee is expected to participate actively in the acquisition of research funding.


The research work of the applicant shall be relevant to the themes in the job description for the current position, thereby integrating into the focal areas research in the faculty (see


The teaching responsibilities in the position focus on educational studies in the various degree programmes of the faculty, with an agreement on them made as part of the annual work plan covering 1624 hours.


The language of teaching and degrees in the University of Oulu is Finnish. It is also possible to provide teaching in English. The current vacancy requires a good command of English.


The position is aimed to be filled as of March 1st, 2019, and the employment will continue until February 28th, 2021. The position is subject to a trial period of 6 months.



The salary will be set on levels 5 to 6 of the demand level for teaching and research staff in Finnish universities. In addition to the job-specific salary component, a personal work performance component is also paid amounting to not more than 50 % of the job-specific component.



The eligibility criteria for the position of a postdoctoral researcher include an applicable doctoral degree, ability to do independent scientific research, and teaching skills needed in the post.



The applications shall be submitted using the online application form on December 31st, 2018 at the latest.


Appendices to the application

  1. Brief curriculum vitae in English, not more than 3 pages.
  2. List of publications classified as follows: (1) articles in international peer-reviewed journals; (2) articles in international peer-reviewed volumes of scientific significance and in peer-reviewed conference proceedings; (3) articles in domestic peer-reviewed journals; (4) articles in domestic peer-reviewed volumes of scientific significance and in domestic peer-reviewed conference proceedings; (5) scientific monographs, and (6) other scientific publications such as articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings with no peer-review process, and publications in university and department series.
  3. Short account in English of significant research merits relevant for the vacancy, and a brief research and action plan (max 3 pages) in English.
  4. In electronic form, a maximum of 10 publications or other works chosen for assessment that the applicant thinks should be taken into account when his or her eligibility and merits are considered.

For more details, contact Vesa Puuronen (vesa.puuronen at, Head of the Research Unit

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