Lecturers in vocal music

Uniarts Helsinki is an open meeting place for the arts – an ambitious university community for bold reformers and experts in tradition. We cultivate a unique environment that helps artists grow and strengthens the power of art as a driver of change. Uniarts Helsinki is among the leading performing arts universities in the world, and it is comprised of the Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, and Theatre Academy. We have about 2,000 students, 60 professors, and 700 full-time equivalent employees. 


The Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) is now recruiting lecturers in vocal music to commence on 1 August 2020. The positions are placed on the tenure track for lecturers and can be either fixed-term or permanent, depending on the applicants’ qualifications and career stage. Further information about the Uniarts Helsinki’s career system and tenure track is available here.

There are two positions available, and they can be filled as full-time, part-time, or a combination of these. The applicants may express their wish for the duration and work volume (50–100%) of employment when applying for the position. The lecturers will work in the Vocal Music Department in Helsinki, one of the ten departments in the Faculty of Classical Music. The department is responsible for vocal music education and for planning, developing, and evaluating it. The department provides instruction for vocal music majors, and approximately half of the instruction is for students from other departments, such as church music and music education students. Further information about the department is available on the Uniarts website.

Tasks of the lecturer

The lecturer’s task is to teach classical voice and related group subjects to all Sibelius Academy students. According to the lecturer’s competencies, the tasks can include special areas of vocal education (such as vocal church music, contemporary music, early music, opera, lied, improvisation, and different genres) and tasks in the doctoral school.

In addition to teaching, the lecturer’s tasks include planning, organising, and developing vocal music education and the related artistic work. The lecturer will also participate in the implementation of projects. The lecturer will monitor the development in their field and participate in the department’s meetings and work groups, study assessments, and student admission processes. The lecturer will also be required to participate in the development and quality-assurance processes as well as in the work of the university's administrative bodies as necessary.

The total annual working time in a full-time lecturer position is 1,624 hours, of which 455 hours are designated to contact teaching. In a part-time position, the number of hours is determined by the work volume. Managing the tasks of the position successfully requires regular presence during the teaching season. The lecturer will mainly work at the Uniarts Töölö campus.

Selection criteria

Eligibility for the position of lecturer requires a master’s degree or corresponding artistic–pedagogic merits, versatile teaching skills, ability to provide teaching based on artistic work and/or research, and pedagogical studies or other evidence of pedagogic competence. Also requested is evidence of artistic and/or research activities and experience in domestic or international cooperation.   

The merits to be assessed in the selection process include the applicant’s cooperation skills and societal engagement. The areas to be evaluated in this context are presented in more detail in an evaluation matrix on the university’s website.

Merits in the field of vocal church music are assessed as special merits in one of the two employments.

Based on applications and other available information, the university will call the strongest applicants for a separate demonstration of proficiency, where the candidates will be evaluated for their commitment, aptitude, and competence in relation to the post of lecturer and the requirements of the working environment. The demonstration of proficiency will be arranged in Helsinki from 5 to 6 May 2020, and it will include a performance demonstration, a teaching demonstration, and an interview. The applicants invited to the demonstration of proficiency will be informed about their content. Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we may need to postpone the demonstration of proficiency. Alternatively, we may choose to organise the demonstration via a video call or other on-line means. We will inform the applicants about the arrangements as soon as possible after the application deadline.

Language proficiency

The languages of instruction at Uniarts Helsinki are Finnish, Swedish, and English. Finnish citizens are required to have excellent skills in Finnish or Swedish and sufficient skills in English. International applicants are required to have good skills in English. Language skills will be assessed in relation to the duties of the post, and they will be verified in the demonstration of proficiency. Uniarts Helsinki reserves the right to make exceptions to the language requirements.


The salary is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. The demand level of the post is on levels 5–6. In addition, a personal salary component will be paid. In a full-time (100%) position, the monthly salary at the beginning of employment will be approximately 3,200–4,100 euros. 

How to apply

Apply for the post, clearly stating your professional strengths, by 11.59 p.m. (UTC +2) on 7 April 2020 at the latest through this (a link for the application form) electronic recruitment system. You will then receive an acknowledgement of receipt via email (check the spam folder if you can’t find the email in your inbox). Your application must include the following documents as PDF files written in English:

1. Open application letter

2. Curriculum vitae

3. Teaching portfolio

Without jeopardising the uniform treatment of applicants, Uniarts Helsinki reserves the right to leave a position unfilled or continue the application period.

During the employment, the lecturer’s tasks may include teaching underage students, in which case the lecturer may be obliged to present a criminal record extract during the employment, as required by the Act on Checking the Criminal Background of Persons Working with Children (504/2002).


-  For further details concerning the advertised post, please contact Head of Department Sirkka Parviainen, tel. +358 50 347 0481 or by email at firstname.lastname@uniarts.fi. Available on:

  • On Mondays at 10 a.m.-12 a.m.
  • On Tuesdays at 14 p.m.-15.30 p.m.
  • On Fridays at 12 a.m.-14 p.m.

-  For further details concerning the application process, please contact Planning Officer (HR) Katja Vento, tel. +358 40 710 4213 or by email at firstname.lastname@uniarts.fi.


Uniarts Helsinki is an international forerunner in education and research in the field of arts and strengthens the role of art as a force that reforms society. With its wide selection of programmes in the field of arts and a productive dialogue between teaching and research, Uniarts Helsinki sets itself apart as an internationally unique university.


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