Associate Professor (tenure track) or Professor, Finnish Sign Language

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The Department of Language and Communication Studies is currently seeking to recruit an 

Associate Professor (tenure track) or Professor in Finnish Sign Language, starting September 1, 2018 for a fixed-term period of five years in the Associate Professor position and until further notice in the Professor position.

The Associate Professor’s or Professor’s position is allocated to the Department of Language and Communication Studies and the discipline of Finnish Sign Language. 

The position supports the profiling of the department at one of the core fields of the University strategy (Languages, Culture and Communities in Global Change Processes) and the profiling measure Language in Changing Society.  

The Associate Professor or Professor is expected to advance research in the field of Finnish Sign Language, participate in planning research activities in the Department of Language and Communication Studies, teach and supervise in undergraduate and postgraduate training, conduct research, and publish internationally, launch and lead research projects, acquire external funding, and actively participate in national and international networks. Due to the national duties of the Centre for Finnish Sign Language, societal interaction, knowledge of the deaf community in Finland and cooperation with central national stakeholders are highly important. 

The application procedure provides more detailed information on the duties, qualification requirements and attachments, see: The qualification requirements should be met before the closing time of the application period.In this position, the main languages of instruction are Finnish Sign Language and Finnish. Excellent skills in Finnish Sign Language are thus required, and the ability to teach in English is regarded an asset. Non-Finnish personnel are expected to acquire at least intermediate skills of Finnish within three years from the start of their employment.  

The assessment of the applicants will focus on their scientific and pedagogical merits in the field of Finnish Sign Language. In addition, success in acquiring external funding, experience in supervision of theses on the MA and doctoral level as well as administrative experience are regarded as a merit. The applicant’s leadership and interactional skills as well as activity in the academic community will also be taken into account. 

The appointment in an Associate Professor position is for a fixed period of five years, see tenure track path. An especially distinguished and unquestionably qualified person may exceptionally be appointed directly to the position of Professor presuming there is no candidate available who is more competent and suitable for the position. The purpose of the fixed-term is that the Associate Professor gathers enough merits for the position of full Professor. When an employee has been selected for a fixed-term associate professorship, an evaluation procedure is used regarding the employee’s merits for a professorship filled through an invitation procedure. The evaluation procedure shall begin before the end of the fixed-term contract. The evaluation procedure follows the practices used in the expert evaluation procedure for filling a professorship. 

The Associate Professor’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands level 7 (3 851,33 €/month) and the Professor’s on the levels 8-11 (4 656,16-6 860,10 €/month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46,3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid. 

A trial period of six months is applied to the filling of the position of Associate Professor.

For more information, please contact Professor Mika Lähteenmäki e-mail:, tel. +358 40 8053206 or Professor Hannele Dufva, e-mail:, tel. +358 40 8053181

The application must include the following documents in English and submitted to the electronic recruiting system: 

  1. Motivation letter,
  2. A CV composed according to good scientific practice and considering, when possible, the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK) (see:,
  3. Short (2-3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s research activities, merits in scientific work and supervision of research including acquisition of supplement funding and  responsibilities in externally funded research projects,
  4. Short (2-3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits (see:,
  5. Short (2-3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s international activities and experience in societal interaction,
  6. Short (2-3 pages) explanation how the applicant intends to develop the research, education and societal interaction in the field of Finnish Sign Language
  7. A numbered list of publications covering the applicant’s the scientific and other publications according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland (see:,
  8. A maximum of ten publications, which must be numbered according to the list of publications. 

Please submit your application at the latest on April 30th 2018 using the online application form.