Tenure Track in Religion and the Digital World

Country: Finland;

City: Helsinki

Vacancy added: 10.10.2018

Employer: University of Helsinki

Resumes due: 29.10.2018


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. Through the power of science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640.

The Faculty of Theology (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-theology) was one of the original four faculties when the university was established in 1640. The faculty is today a non-denominational academic community that offers an inspiring environment for the best scholars in theology and religious studies. Focused on high-level research in these fields, the faculty hosts two Centers of Excellence in Research and several other research groups. The faculty comprises 130 teachers and researchers and 2000 students. The faculty’s graduates work in churches and other religious organizations, as high-school teachers, and in various other fields (such as NGOs and societal work).

Faculty of Theology invites applications for the position of


The successful applicant is appointed to a fixed-term assistant professorship or associate professorship (tenure track system), depending on his/her qualifications and career stage.

The applicant must be qualified for the position of an assistant/associate professor, in addition to which the appointee is expected to have remarkable scientific and teaching merits and notable expertise in some of the following areas of research; use of large digital databases in the study of present-day religions; social media and religious behavior; old and new religious identities in the digital world; new forms of religious communication and interaction; faith-based radicalism and conflicts in the digital world.

The assistant/associate professor will carry our scientific research in the field of the position, head and develop research in the field, provide teaching based on research and supervise master’s and doctoral theses, acquire research funding, and participate both in international and national scientific cooperation and in societal interaction. The assistant/associate professor’s duties will also include the provision of teaching in the field, the supervision of theses and dissertations, and the management and development of research in the field.


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.

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 skills
• vision of how the applicant intends to develop the field and focus his or her research
• assessor statements and success in interview.

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.

Annual gross salary for an assistant/associate professor is between 50,000 and 68,500 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.


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. The deadline for applications is October 29, 2018.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English:
• A curriculum vitae
• A numbered list of publications
• 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 (teaching experience, supervision of theses and dissertations and other pedagogical merits)

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 10 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors.


Further information on the position and the working environment may be obtained from Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Antti Räsänen, antti.rasanen(at)helsinki.fi.
Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Eeva Harju, eeva.harju(at)Helsinki.fi.
In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment(at)helsinki.fi

Due date

29.10.2018 23:59 EET

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