Doctoral Student in Criminology
Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Early Stage Researcher in the 'Network for Training on Hate' (NETHATE)
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The Faculty of Social Sciences and the Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy invite applications for the position of
DOCTORAL STUDENT on Religion and Hate Victimization among Youth: Contexts, Consequences and Adaptive Strategies
for a fixed term of 4 years starting from 1st March 2021. Successful candidate is expected to work full time and to complete his/her doctorate in four years.
The project Religion and Hate Victimization among Youth: Contexts, Consequences and Adaptive Strategies is a part of the Network of Excellence of Training on Hate (NETHATE) project. It is an international research and training project that is funded by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission. The vision for NETHATE is to examine the dynamics of the spread of hatred in society, including online fora, as well as mitigation and reconciliation strategies, and the impact on victims and bystanders.
Description of the project “Religion and Hate Victimization among Youth”:
Prior research indicates that religion can be a risk factor for youth hate crime victimization, and possibly a more general risk factor of crime victimization. The objective is to study the prevalence, correlates, mechanisms and consequences of hate crime targeted at persons because of their religion or other world-view. Consequences can include adaptive strategies, as well as revenge and radical ideation. The project will consist of (a) qualitative interviews with young adults, (b) development of a survey module measuring religion-based hate crime, and (c) use of quantitative survey data to analyse religion-targeted hate crime. The disciplinary setting of the project is social science criminology.
Secondments are training periods within another organization. Planned secondments are the following: 2 months at the Finnish Ministry of Justice (Helsinki) to participate in policy planning of hate crime prevention, and 1 month at the Institute of Democracy and Civil Society (Jena), learning of web based research methodologies.
The duties of a doctoral student are to work on his or her own doctoral thesis and to complete his or her postgraduate studies.
- To participate in research and training activities within the NETHATE network.
- Develop a Personal Career Development Plan outlining training and support needs, and update this regularly based on training completed.
- To write peer-reviewed articles for specialized journals.
- To participate in meetings of different NETHATE consortium bodies.
- To disseminate the research in the academic/university/research community (national and international conferences) and non-academic/university community, by outreach and public engagement.To liaise with the other research staff and students working in broad areas of relevance to the research project and partner institutions.
- To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals, presentations, web and social media.
- To attend progress and management meetings as required and network with the other research groups.
Candidates will be required to meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher eligibility criteria and the entry requirements for the PhD programme at the host institution.
Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.
Candidates must fulfil the entrance requirements for the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences at University of Helsinki. To be eligible for admission to the PhD programme, a candidate must have completed a Master’s degree with a high honours standard in a relevant disciplinary field. The appointee should apply for the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki and obtain it within the probationary period of six months of their appointment. For more information on the Programme, see:
At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS & SKILLS
- Academic degree(s) in criminology or related social science field with focus on criminal offending and/or victimization.
- Excellent communications skills in English both written and verbal.
- Evidence of ability to work independently and collaboratively within an internationally diverse team.
- Evidence of conducting quantitative research; mastery of basic quantitative methods of social or behavioural sciences; demonstrated capability to use statistical analysis software such as SPSS, Stata or R.
- Evidence of excellent organisation skills and ability to meet deadlines.
- Ability to work under pressure and meet competing priorities
- Highly motivated, with excellent organisation skills and with strong attention to detail and quality.
- Are willing to travel to attend secondments, training and academic events.
Desirable requirements & skills:
- Familiarity with qualitative research methods.
- Mastery of Finnish language is considered an asset.
WHAT WE OFFER
Financial conditions (including salary levels) and background documents are available at
For the first three years of your employment, your salary will be calculated according to MSCA rules and your personal and family situation. Information can be found at the financial section of the MSCA ITN guide for applicants that you can find in section 5 (Financial Aspects) of the document. For the last year, your salary will be funded from the resources of the Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy (UH). Therefore it follows the regulations of the collective agreement for Finnish universities. The appointment starts with a probationary period of six months. The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki.
The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The University assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland. Please read further information at the website https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/working-at-the-university.
- Prestigious EU fellowship.
- Highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions.
- Excellent training programme.
- Develop multidisciplinary research skills.
- Be part of a team of leading researchers and teachers in different fields of academia.
- Establish a professional network in industry and academia.
- Visits and secondments to other project partners within industry and academia for 3 months of your appointment period.
A career development plan will be prepared for each fellow in accordance with his/her supervisor and will include training, planned secondments and outreach activities in partner laboratories of the network.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following English-language documents as a pdf file:
- A one-page letter motivating a) why you want to be part of NETHATE; b) why are you applying for this specific position; c) why do you consider yourself a suitable candidate for this position;
- A list of three achievements in your life that you are proud of;
- A detailed CV listing education, work experience, publications, and relevant other activities;
- Names and contact information (address, email, phone) of between two to four referees;
- An academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education;
- A copy of academic works such as papers or M.Sc. thesis (if available);
- Demonstrated English proficiency
Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job.
Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal.
The deadline for the applications is 22 November 2020.
Any queries in regards to this ESR post should be directed at Professor Janne Kivivuori, firstname.lastname@example.org.
22.11.2020 23:59 EET