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Αμειβόμενες διδακτορικές θέσεις στη Σχολή Κοινωνικών Επιστημων του University of Helsinki (Φινλανδία)


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 Social Sciences is Finland’s leading research and education institution in the social sciences and also the most diverse in terms of its disciplines. In several research fields the Faculty belongs to the top 50 in the international rankings. The Faculty has a strong international profile both in research and teaching programmes. The number of academic staff stands at 350. Each year the faculty awards some 350 Bachelor’s degrees, 400 Master’s degrees, and more than 40 doctoral degrees. For more information on the Faculty of Social Sciences, please visit

The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for two to five positions of


for a fixed term starting from 3 April 2018 onwards (or as agreed). The doctoral student will be employed for a defined term of two to four years, depending on the phase of the appointee’s thesis. Successful candidates are expected to work full time and to complete their doctorates in four years.

The position is located at the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie,

The CoE is a part of the Network of European Studies at the Department of Political and Economic Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The purpose of the CoE is to launch a new, third generation inquiry that critically explores the emergence of narratives of Europe as responses to the crises of the twentieth century and how these narratives have shaped the ideas of justice and community in Europe. It studies the foundational stories that underlie the contested idea of a shared European heritage in law and culture, such as the ideas of rule of law, equality, tolerance, pluralism and the rejection of totalitarianism, and their relevance for current debates on identity and history.

The CoE is divided into three subprojects. For descriptions of the subprojects and their aims, please see In his or her application, the applicant should indicate to which subproject his or her main contribution would be, as well as ponder thematic linkages to the other two subprojects.

The duties of a doctoral student are to work on his or her own doctoral thesis and to complete his or her postgraduate studies. The duties also include teaching and other tasks. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5 % of the annual working time.

Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in a field that is relevant to the research topic and have a high quality research proposal. Relevant disciplines include but are not limited to international human rights law, anthropology, human geography, (legal) history, political science, philosophy, political theory, and theology. Other requirements include proven ability and motivation, demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. Fluency in English language is required.

The appointee should either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment, or apply for the right and obtain it within the probationary period of four months of their appointment. If the candidate does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, it must be applied for separately. (

The salary shall be based on levels 2-4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. The gross salary range will be approx. 2065–3022 euros per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and work experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of four months.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents as a single pdf file:
1) A curriculum vitae (max 2 pages).
2) A list of publications.
3) A research plan not exceeding four (4) pages including a statement outlining how the proposed topic fits to the profile of the CoE, and to which subproject of the CoE would the main contribution be.
4) Contact information and recommendation from one referee.

For instructions, please see

Please submit your application 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 submit their application via the SAP HR portal.

Further information about the position may be obtained from the team leaders of each subproject.
Subproject 1: Law and the Uses of the Past. Dr. Jacob Giltaij (, in English).
Subproject 2: Discovering the Limits of Reason - Europe and the Crisis of Universalism. Dr. Timo Miettinen (, in English and Finnish).
Subproject 3: Migration and the narrative of Europe as an “Area of freedom, security and justice”. Dr. Magdalena Kmak (, in English).

In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact

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Due date

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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