Professor of Law
University of Helsinki Faculty of Law


The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. Some 36,000 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of Helsinki.

The Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki is the leading Finnish institute of legal research and education. The mission of the Faculty is to produce qualified, ethically responsible legal professionals for both the Finnish and international markets through internationally high-quality research and research-based teaching. The Faculty offers undergraduate degrees in Finnish, Swedish and English as well as a bilingual degree in Swedish and Finnish.

Some of the degrees awarded by the Faculty are completed at its bilingual (Swedish and Finnish) Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies, where some 150 students are currently pursuing a degree.

The Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, invites applications for the position of

Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor of Law

The education that the Faculty of Law provides 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 provide teaching in both these degree programmes in both Finnish and Swedish and, when necessary, in the Faculty’s international master’s programmes as well as in the Helsinki unit of the Faculty of Law. Furthermore, the appointee will provide supervision to under- and postgraduate students.

Appointment criteria

Applications are invited, in particular, from individuals who can be appointed to a permanent professorship. The successful applicant may also be appointed to a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system), depending on his or her 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 associate/assistant 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.

The appointee must hold a doctoral degree and have high-level academic qualifications in the field of law; experience in leading scientific research; the ability to provide high-level research-based teaching and supervise dissertations and theses; as well as evidence of international cooperation in the research field he or she represents. Furthermore, the position calls for academic leadership skills.

Particular consideration will be given to applicants with extensive expertise in law. Applicants are expected to provide teaching and supervise students in several branches of law and in at least two thematic modules included in the Bachelor’s Programme in Law. Active engagement in research and the ability to provide research-based teaching, particularly in the Private Law I and Private Law II modules of the Bachelor’s Programme in Law, will be considered an asset. The successful completion of the duties of the position requires working weekly at the Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies.

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. Because the appointee to the present position will teach in both Finnish and Swedish, applicants must be proficient in both languages. Proficiency in Swedish at the native language level will be considered an asset.

Before an employment decision is made, the language proficiency stipulated in the Government Decree on Universities and the other language skills required for the position must be verified, in accordance with section 32 of the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, through application documents and, where relevant, a teaching demonstration and an interview. The above section of the Regulations also determines the possibility of granting an exemption from the language requirement laid down in the Government Decree.

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 will be based on level 7 (associate/assistant professor) and levels 8–10 (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 work performance. The appointee’s gross monthly salary will range from approximately €5,000 to €8,000, depending on his or her qualifications and career track stage.

Applications must be accompanied by a SINGLE PDF file that includes the following English-language documents:

• 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 31 October 2020.

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 minna.bostrom(at)

Due date

31.10.2020 23:59 EET


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