Doctoral student, English philology, Interaction in international crisis management

Open position at the Oulu University funded by the EUDAIMONIA research institute

Doctoral student, English philology, Faculty of Humanities (Topic: Interaction in international crisis management)

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 16 000 students and approximately
3 000 employees. The strengths of the University are its wide multidisciplinary study and research interests, its modern research and study environment, and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes.

The following job is open at the University of Oulu:

Doctoral student in the project “iTask: Linguistic and embodied features of interactional multitasking” with a focus on interaction in international crisis management (the position is funded by the Eudaimonia Institute)

The Faculty of Humanities of the University of Oulu announces an opening for a Doctoral Student in English Philology. The position is located in the research project iTask: Linguistic and embodied features of interactional multitasking ( In addition to this, the successful applicant will work as a member in the broader COACT research community ( and the English philology unit (

Subject field and description

The project uses video-based and conversation analytic methods to study interactional multitasking. It analyses how people talk and interact in real-time to make multitasking possible and how talk and interaction adapt to the demands to progress more than one activity at a time.

The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with the Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT) to study interactional multitasking in international crisis management situations and especially in crisis management education and training. The position involves research periods and collection of video materials at FINCENT. Additionally, it is possible that via FINCENT, the candidate will have a possibility to utilise other crisis management training events for the research provided by the Finnish Defence Forces. The time and duration of the visits is negotiable.

The studied language is English as it is used as a lingua franca. The successful applicant will focus on talk and multimodal features of interaction to identify and analyse interactional practices and social actions that people rely on to manage situations where they are multitasking.

Duties, eligibility and evaluation criteria

The hired doctoral student will be responsible for conducting research and completing a doctoral degree in the project’s area. The researcher can also take part in teaching and supervision (max. 5% of working time).

Candidates must have completed their Master’s degree (MA) in a relevant field (e.g. linguistics, sociology or education) by the time of appointment. Experience and knowledge in conversation analytic and/or interaction analytic methods (e.g. in form of a thesis or undertaken courses) and familiarity with the use of video-based methods are considered advantages. Experience in working in international environments is considered a merit. The successful applicant must be a Finnish citizen and have excellent command of written and spoken English. Before the work contract is signed, the candidate for the position will undergo a security screening.


The salary will be based on the levels 2–4 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component).

Application and enclosures

Apply online latest on Thursday, 31 May 2018. Please include the following attachments in your application:

  1. A cover letter (max. 1 page) including: a brief statement of the applicant’s motivation to work as a doctoral student in the iTask-project; a short biography explaining the applicant’s experience and knowledge of iTask’s research field; an account of the applicant’s language skills and proficiency.
  2. A general research plan (max. 2 pages). (Since the setting in this doctoral project is given, the applicant is asked to provide an outline addressing the following questions: How would the applicant study real-time interaction (method)? What aspects and details of interaction would the applicant study (focus)? What would be the most important implications and impact of the applicant’s approach?
  3. A brief curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) presented in the following format:
  • Full name and date
  • Date and place of birth, nationality, current residence
  • Education and degrees awarded
  • Other education and training, qualifications and skills (e.g. IT and software skills)
  • Language skills and proficiency
  • Current position
  • Previous work experience
  • Merits in teaching and pedagogical competence
  • Publications
  • Other merits

The position is filled as of 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The duration of the contract is 4 years. Top candidates will be interviewed. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

Further details are available from

Professor Pentti Haddington
English Philology, Faculty of Humanities
P.O. Box 1000
FI-90014 University of Oulu
Tel. +358-(0)50 341 0347
E-mail pentti.haddington(at)




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