Postdoc positions in Helsinki

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Thu Feb 23 20:28:43 UTC 2012

Forwarded (below), a job announcement from Helsinki. The announcements are also online: (in Finnish) (in English)
Univ.Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Universität Wien, Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (EVSL)
Abteilung Finno-Ugristik
Campus AAKH Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7
A-1090 Wien
johanna.laakso at
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The Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies is nationally the largest and most versatile provider of research and university education in Finnish and Swedish and related languages as well as literature written in these languages. The department is an internationally significant centre of Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian studies and the largest provider of research and university education in Finnish language and literature in the world.


The most important focus areas of the department in the field of Finno-Ugrian studies are language typology, historical linguistics, minority languages, language contacts, multilingualism, variation and language policies and the emerging field of toponymic studies.


The Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies invites applications for




for a fixed term from May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2015 or upon agreement for a period of three years. The field of the positions is Finno-Ugrian (Uralic) studies.


The postdoctoral researchers will conduct research in the field of Uralic languages, concentrating mainly on languages other than Finnish, Hungarian or Estonian.  Alongside their research, they will take part in teaching, supervision and other departmental activities. One of the postdoctoral researchers is also expected to take part in the planning of research projects. The other is expected to develop electronic archiving of the materials related to Finno-Ugrian studies.


According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, the appointees must hold a doctoral degree and have the ability to conduct independent scientific work as well as the teaching skills required by the position. The persons we are looking for should have good social skills, and have a pro-active attitude toward their work.


According to the Government Decree on Universities, postdoctoral researchers are required to be proficient in Finnish or Swedish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in the other of these two languages. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, appointees must also know English.


The salary will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of the Finnish universities. In addition, the appointees will be paid a salary component based on personal performance.


Letters of application must include the following documents:

-       CV

-       List of publications

-       A description of the connection of the applicant’s own research to the field of research and the duties described on this announcement (max. 2 pages)

-       5 publications

-       Other documents relevant to the application


One copy of all documents is requested.


Applications should be addressed to Jyrki Kalliokoski, Head of the Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies. Applications together with the required enclosures must be sent preferably by e-mail to the following address: hy-kirjaamo at The application may also be sent to the following postal address: Registry of the University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 33 (Yliopistonkatu 4), 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland. If the applicant wishes to enclose paper copies of publications, they should be sent to the following address: Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, P.O. Box 3 (Fabianinkatu 33), 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland.


The deadline for applications is 21 March 2012. (The registry closes at 15.45 local Helsinki time.)


For further information please contact Professor Riho Grünthal, +358 9 191 40001, riho.grunthal at

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