Associate Professor (tenure track) or Professor, Intenational Development Studies

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Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy is currently seeking to recruit an 

Associate Professor (tenure track) or Professor, International Development Studies, starting August 1st 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter for a fixed-term period of five years in the Associate Professor position or until further notice in the Professor position.

The Associate Professor’s or Professor’s position is located at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy. The focus areas of research at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy are: 

1. Traditions of Philosophical and Political Thought

2. Sustainable  Societies

3. Policies and Politics of Welfare and Care 

The subject of International Development Studies at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy organises the multidisciplinary, international Master’s Degree Programme in Development, Education and International Cooperationjointly with the Faculty of Education and Psychology. The programme broadens and deepens students’ understanding of the institutions, policies and actors of International Development from a critical, analytical and multidisciplinary perspective. 

The candidate is expected to strengthen the research profile of the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy in the field of multidisciplinary International Development Studies, where the focus is on different development issues and related challenges. As a problem-based discipline, it aims at finding explanations for “development problems” and at investigating the significance of development. International Development Studies integrates the theories of various disciplines. Possible approaches include political economy, anthropology, sociology, and educational research. 

The Associate Professor or Professor in International Development Studies will contribute with scientific activities to the development of research, teaching and doctoral training in the subject. Participation in the application of supplementary, external research funding is also part of the position. The focus is on active research work as well as on launching and implementing research projects. The Associate Professor or Professor is responsible for the Master’s Degree Programme in Development, Education and International Cooperation. The tasks include supervision of doctoral dissertations and master’s theses as well as teaching at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. 

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 this apply. 

The appointment for and Associate Professor 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 candidate for the position. The purpose of the fixed-term is, that the Associate Professor gathers enough merits for full Professor position. 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 same 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 levels 7 (3 889,84 €/month) and the Professor’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands levels 8-11 (4.702,72 – 6.928,70 €/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. 

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

For more information, please contact Professor Mika Ojakangas, e-mail:, tel. +358 40 805 4177. 

The application must include the following documents in English (the name of the applicant must be mentioned in the file name):

  1. A CV of the applicant, 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).
  2. A numbered list of all scientific and other publications – drawn up according to the categorisation of the Academy of Finland – with which the candidate wishes to demonstrate his or her eligibility an merits for the post;
  3. A brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s scientific research, merits in scientific activities and supervision of research work, including an account of acquired complementary research funding and  the responsibilities related to the research conducted through such funding and in international activities;
  4. A brief (2-3 pages) written account of pedagogical training and teaching merits i.e. teaching portfolio;
  5. A brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s societal interaction and international cooperation;
  6. A maximum of ten publications, numbered in accordance with the list of publications;
  7. A brief (2-3 pages) account of how the applicant intends to develop research, teaching and societal interaction in the field of International Development Studies

 Please submit your application at the latest on Friday, February 15th 2019 using the online application form.