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[ecrea] Vacancy - Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities (tenure track)
Wed May 04 06:31:41 GMT 2016
Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities (tenure track)
The University of Helsinki – among the best in the world
Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is one of the best
multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University of
Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and
staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 15 other
locations. The high-quality research carried out by the university
creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various
fields, and for utilisation in social decision-making and the business
The Faculty of Arts is Finland’s oldest institution for teaching and
research in the humanities and the largest in terms of the structure and
range of disciplines. It is also a significant international community
fostering research, education and cultural interaction. The Faculty has
7,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and employs 500 experts.
The Faculty of Arts invites applications for an
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (TENURE TRACK) IN DIGITAL HUMANITIES
to develop an new discipline at the University of Helsinki.
Digital humanities is a multidisciplinary research field which uses
digital technology and the methods of computational science in the
collection, management and analysis of research materials in the
humanities and social sciences. The assistant professor in digital
humanities is expected to produce new knowledge about the effects and
exploitation of digitalisation as well as the environment within which
open science operates in the humanities and social sciences.
The work environment of the assistant professor in digital humanities at
the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies is a
multidisciplinary academic community of some 125 researchers and
teachers. Research in digital humanities blends in seamlessly with the
range of disciplines represented at the Department: folklore studies,
European ethnology, museology, archaeology, history, philosophy, gender
studies, film and television studies, musicology and ethnomusicology,
comparative literature, art history and theatre studies. Applicants are
expected to have competencies that will complement and support the
Department’s current strengths. The assistant professor will have the
opportunity to receive versatile and critical mentoring. He or she may
also acquire teaching merits and qualifications in university pedagogy.
In the tenure track system, the University employs as assistant
professors talented, motivated academics who have completed their
doctoral degree and have since accrued academic and other relevant
qualifications. See University of Helsinki Tenure Track system.
The assistant professor is expected to contribute innovatively to the
development of the field, provide interdisciplinary teaching in the
field and acquire external funding for international research projects.
The academic qualifications and teaching experience of applicants as
well as their ability to perform independent scientific work will be
considered when making the selection. Additional merit will be granted
for international and interdisciplinary experience as well as experience
in open science and in acquiring research funding. The successful
applicant will preferably also have the knowledge and skills needed to
teach international students.
Holders of teaching and research positions at Finnish universities must
be proficient in the language in which they provide instruction, i.e.,
Finnish or Swedish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and
written skills in both Finnish and Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native
Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or
Swedish language may be exempted from this requirement without a
separate application. However, if the appointee to this position is not
proficient in Finnish or Swedish, he or she is expected to acquire
moderate proficiency, as becoming proficient in Finnish or Swedish is
important for the professor’s full integration into the workplace and
Finnish society. Support for language studies is offered. To
successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must
also have good English skills.
The University will assist the appointee in national and international
networking as well as publishing in international forums. The appointee
will have the opportunity to receive mentoring. He or she can also
accumulate teaching experience and increase his or her competence with
studies in university pedagogy.
The salary will be based on level 7 of the demands level chart 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.
Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the
following English-language documents:
1) A curriculum vitae (see
2) A report (max. 5 pages) on pedagogical expertise (teaching
philosophy, previous teaching experience, pedagogical skills, the
ability to use and develop teaching materials, other teaching merits) or
alternatively, an academic portfolio containing equivalent information
3) A report (max. 5 pages) on the applicant’s research activities
(including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of
research funding and international scholarly work)
4) A report (1-2 pages) on how the applicant intends to develop his or
her research and focus his or her activities, if appointed
5) A list of publications on which the applicant has indicated his or
her key publications; the list should follow the Faculty instructions
for classifying publications (see
6) Certificates of language proficiency
Please submit your application, together with the required attachments,
through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply
for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are
requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. The dead
line for applications is 3 June 2016.
Further information about the position may be obtained from Vice Dean
Hanna Snellman, tel. +358 050 448 0665, hanna.snellman(at)helsinki.fi.
Apply at latest 03.06.2016
Friday, June 3, 2016
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