University lecturer, Literature and Culture

The University of Oulu is an international science university, with 15 000 students and approximately 3000 employees. The strengths of the University are its wide multidisciplinary study and research interests, its modern research and study environment, and its good cooperation with international research and education institutes. Its multidisciplinary research structure offers unique possibilities for path-breaking innovations.

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oulu announces the following opening in English philology (open-ended contract) (

­­­University lecturer (Literature and Culture), English philology, Faculty of Huma­­­nities

The post of University Lecturer in Literature and Culture lies within the subject of English Philology under the Faculty of Humanities. In addition to its two professorships, English Philology is served by seven tenured university lecturers, one university teacher, several post-doctoral scholars and a number of doctoral students ( The Faculty accepts 38 new students to study English Philology as their main subject every year. The curriculum for English Philology offers a wide mix of courses focusing on practical aspects of both written and spoken English, as well as more specialised courses in the fields of culture, language learning, linguistics, and literature ( Additionally, the courses in the curriculum offer the students in English Philology a possibility to strengthen their intellectual, social and practical skills before they enter work life as language professionals in the global work markets. The English Philology unit is also internationally known for its multidisciplinary research (

The university lecturer will teach at basic, intermediate and advanced levels of English Philology. In addition to offering (elective) courses in their area of expertise, the successful applicant is expected to be able to teach courses on written and oral communication and English grammar, as well as the courses Bachelor’s Seminar and Thesis and Master’s Seminar. Many courses will involve co-teaching. The appointee will also take on administrative duties (e.g. teacher tutoring that includes the supervision of personal study plans, the planning and grading of the unit’s entrance exam, the coordination of work practice and internships). Additionally, the appointee will perform scholarly research and will supervise and examine academic theses. The successful applicant will be expected to display strong theoretical and methodological understanding in her/his area of Literature and Culture. The successful applicant is also expected to seek external research funding.

The successful applicant is required to have a doctoral degree. In addition to this, the applicant will have proven ability to provide first-rate research-based teaching and academic supervision. The successful applicant is expected to have completed studies in university pedagogy or equivalent studies. If the applicant has no prior pedagogical studies, they are expected to outline how they will undertake a minimum of 25 study points of such studies within two years of the appointment. The assessment of the merits of the applicants will pay particular attention to the following: scholarly publications, practical knowledge of and experience in the relevant academic field (Literature and Culture) and in the various fields of English Philology, teaching experience and pedagogical training, experience in supervising academic theses, the production and use of teaching materials and learning resources, expertise in the pedagogic use of various technologies, and other teaching merits. Good teaching skills will be demonstrated in a test lecture. The University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) requires that main supervisors of doctoral dissertations have been granted the title of docent or have otherwise demonstrated equivalent academic competence. Hence, the title of docent, or equivalent, is considered a merit.

The applicant must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English. Performing administrative duties requires good proficiency in Finnish and is therefore considered a merit. 

The salary will be based on the levels 5–7 (approx. 3542-4760€/month) 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 50% of the job-specific component).

The position is filled as of 1 August 2019. A trial period of six months applies to the position.

The application period for the position will end on Friday, 29 March 2019.

Applications, including any attachments, should be submitted by using the electronic application form.

Please include the following attachments in your application:

  1. A cover letter (max. 1 page), including a brief description of motivation for working in English Philology and a brief account of the applicant’s teaching experience and merits.
  2. A list of publications following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland (
  3. A brief presentation of research merits relevant to the post to be filled, and a brief research and action plan (max. 3 pages).
  4. Curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages) following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (
  5. A teaching portfolio or some other equivalent account or résumé of the applicant’s teaching, listing everything of teaching merit relevant to the post to be filled. Applicants should adhere to the format presented below.

Test lecture and interview

The Appointments Committee may invite some applicants to give a test lecture on a topic relevant to the post (to be specified later) and may also be given an opportunity to express their views on developing the tasks involved in the post in an interview.

Teaching portfolio or account/résumé

In accordance with the procedures set by the University of Oulu, the assessment of teaching skills and merits will be based on the following points:

1)      Teaching philosophy; characterisation of yourself as a teacher: guiding principles for teaching in general and for your own teaching; how are these principles seen and reflected in your own teach­ing? A thumbnail sketch of yourself as a teacher, as a tutor and as a professional working within an academic institution.

2)      Practical experience gained in the field of teaching, and the development of your own teaching as a result of experience gained.

3)      The production and use of your own teaching material and learning resources.

4)      The maintenance and updating of your teaching skills.

5)      Feedback from your teaching (student feedback, peer group evaluations, recognition awards, test lecture evaluations).

6)      Vision for developing your own teaching in the near future: a short presentation of your plans to develop your teaching within, for example, the teaching programme for English Philology.

For queries about the positions, please contact

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)

About the City of Oulu

The City of Oulu is Northern Finland’s largest and oldest city, with a population of over 200,000. Located on the Gulf of Bothnia in the Oulu River delta, the city has good travel connections and is easily accessible from abroad. Oulu is a very safe and family friendly community with one of the highest qualities of life in all of Scandinavia. With its beautiful harbour and market area, this modern city offers plenty of cultural activities as well as opportunities for exploring the splendour of the north. Open spaces and parks can be found all along the Oulu River and throughout the area, many of which are accessible by bike – the favourite mode of transport in Oulu. There is an entire range of outdoor and sports facilities to choose from, not forgetting Finland’s biggest spectator sport, ice hockey. Winter is a season that is celebrated, and lit bike trails and bridges bring the city alive. As the world’s northernmost tech hub, Oulu has a highly educated and innovative workforce and the University has a strong role in the community. Oulu is a marvellous place to live, work and enjoy a vibrant academic community. Welcome to the home of science with Arctic Attitude!


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