Lecturer in accordion

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 a lecturer in accordion to commence on 1 August 2020 or as agreed. The position is placed on the tenure track for lecturers and can be either fixed-term or permanent, depending on the applicant’s qualifications and career stage. Further information about the Uniarts Helsinki’s career system and tenure track is available here.

The applicant may express their wish for the duration and work volume (50–100 %) of employment when applying for the position. The lecturer will work in the Department of Piano, Accordion, Guitar, and Kantele in Helsinki, one of the ten departments in the Faculty of Classical Music. The department is responsible for carrying out, planning, developing, and evaluating the teaching of the above-mentioned instruments. The department provides instruction for piano, accordion, guitar, and kantele majors and for students from other departments minoring in these instruments. There are approximately 14 accordion majors, a few minors, and seven Junior Academy students in the department. Further information about the department is available on the Uniarts website.

Tasks of the lecturer

When the employment begins, the lecturer’s main task is teaching the accordion. The lecturer will also work as the teacher-in-charge of accordion who is responsible for planning, organising, carrying out, evaluating, and developing accordion teaching.

The lecturer will primarily teach bachelor- and master-level students. The lecturer’s tasks also include teaching Junior Academy students and possibly supervision or board duties in the doctoral school. When it comes to children’s and youth education, we hope the lecturer will actively collaborate with Finnish music schools in order to increase the number of accordionist applicants for university studies.

In addition to teaching the department’s accordion majors, the lecturer will, if necessary, teach accordion students at different levels from other departments as well. Depending on the lecturer’s competencies, their tasks may include teaching subjects such as practical accompaniment, improvisation, and pedagogy.

In addition to teaching tasks, the lecturer will contribute to the planning, organisation, and development of the educational and artistic activities of their department as well as to 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. A full-time lecturer position requires working weekly with students in Helsinki. 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 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 also 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.

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 a lecturer and the requirements of the working environment. The demonstration of proficiency will take place in Helsinki on 12 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. Applicants are required to have sufficient skills in English. Finnish applicants are required to have a good command of Finnish or Swedish and a satisfactory knowledge of the second language. 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 by 11.59 p.m. (UTC +2) on 8 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.

The position includes teaching underage students. A criminal record extract must be presented to Uniarts before a contract of employment can be signed for the job in question. The Act on Checking the Criminal Background of Persons Working with Children (504/2002) obliges Uniarts to ask persons working with people under 18 years of age to present an extract from their criminal record (when the employment lasts longer than three months).


  • For further details concerning the advertised post, please contact Head of Department Niklas Pokki, tel. +358 40 707 3429 or by email at firstname.lastname@uniarts.fi. Inquiries preferably by email.
  • 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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