Ten­ure Track/Full Pro­fessor in Eco­nom­ics

Helsinki, Finland
20 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is Finland’s leading research and education institute in the social sciences, and the country’s most diverse social sciences faculty in terms of the range of its disciplines and fields of research. The Faculty has a strong international research profile and an international MA program, and several of its disciplinary units have been rated among the top 50 in the world. The faculty has ca. 450 research and teaching staff, and each year it awards some 350 Bachelor’s degrees, 400 Master’s degrees and more than 40 doctoral degrees. For more information, please see the Faculty website at

The Swedish School of Social Science at the University of Helsinki is an independent Swedish-language social science unit at the university with a Nordic and international profile. The School responds to the new challenges of the Nordic welfare model in a stimulating and diverse research and teaching environment, with around 450 students and a staff of around 60 people, the largest Swedish-speaking unit of the university.

Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of


The position is Swedish-speaking.

The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent professorship or a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system), depending on his/her qualifications and career stage. Further information on the UH tenure track system at

The discipline of economics at the faculty of social sciences offers an exciting research environment and competitive terms and conditions. The new position is part of the rapid expansion of Helsinki GSE. HGSE is an academic initiative bringing together three Finnish universities – Aalto University, Hanken School of Economics, and University of Helsinki. By joining the forces of three universities, the mission of HGSE is to produce outstanding research with maximum academic and social impact – both nationally and internationally, to attract and educate the next generation of world-class economists and to offer excellent training across disciplinary borders.

Half of the selected candidate’s teaching will take place at the Faculty of Social Sciences (Helsinki GSE) and another half at the Swedish School of Social Science as introductory level teaching of economics in the Swedish language open for all students at the university. The selected candidate will also participate in the supervision of economics theses in the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Programmes of the Faculty.

The Economics discipline provides methodologically oriented, state-of-the-art training in economics. All fields will be considered for this position. However, we especially encourage applicants with strong background in econometric and/or theoretical methods to apply.


An appointee to the position of assistant/associate professor within the tenure track system shall hold a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. In addition, applicants for assistant/associate professorships shall demonstrate their capability and motivation as regards an academic career through publications and other means.

An appointee to a full professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and possess top-level scholarly qualifications and experience in the supervision of scientific research, along with the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching as well as to supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the appointee shall present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that they represent. Holders of professorships shall also have the skills necessary to serve as academic leaders.

Because the language of instruction for the position is Swedish, successful completion of the duties of the position requires excellent proficiency in Swedish. The recommended level of Swedish proficiency corresponds to level C2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Further information on language proficiency and its demonstration:

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must also have good English skills and ability to teach in English.

When assessing the qualifications of each applicant, attention will be paid to:

  • scientific publications
  • success in obtaining external research funding
  • leading of scientific research
  • international research experience
  • activity in the academic community
  • teaching experience, supervision of theses and dissertations and other pedagogical merits
  • leadership and interaction skills
  • vision of how the applicant intends to develop the field and focus his or her research
  • assessor statements
  • interview.


Annual gross salary for a full professor varies between 70,000 and 96,000 euros, and for an assistant/associate professor between 58,000 and 69,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.


Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for the position. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A numbered list of publications on which the applicant has marked in bold font his or her five key publications to be considered during the review
  • A report (max. 3 pages) in Swedish on the applicant’s research activities (including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work)
  • A vision (max. 2 pages) in Swedish of how the applicant intends to develop the field and focus his or her research
  • A report (max. 2 pages) in Swedish on pedagogical expertise

Detailed information on the CV and list of publications as well as the presentation of teaching skills can be obtained online:

The enclosures shall be uploaded as a single PDF file which shall be named as follows: fieldofposition_lastname_firstname. Other enclosures, such as recommendation letters or certificates are not required.

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the Faculty may request them to submit up to 5 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors.


Further information on the position and the working environment may be obtained from Professor Jukka Pirttilä

Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Minna Maunula,

Due date

15.11.2020 23:59 EET