Pro­fessor in Home Eco­nom­ics Ped­agogy

Helsinki, Finland
27 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits.

The internationally esteemed and highly successful Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki is Finland’s leading unit of research and teaching in Educational Sciences and Teacher Education. The Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki conducts research related to human growth, development and learning, multilingualism and justice in education, pedagogy and didactics. Research objects are educational systems, learning environments and learners. Our research
aims towards the realisation of cultural and social possibilities for the wellbeing of an individual and a society in a changing world.

We provide undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education that qualifies students for both the teaching profession and other positions requiring general academic expertise. We also offer the pedagogical studies required to qualify as a teacher to students majoring in other faculties’ disciplines. For more information, please see the Faculty website at

The study programme for Teacher in home economics at the Faculty of Educational Sciences is inviting applications for the position of


for a temporary substitute position for 1.1.2021 (or upon agreement) continuing until 31.12.2022.

The duties of the professor include research and development of teaching and learning in the field of home economics pedagogy and home economics. The professor is responsible for the pedagogical studies of subject teacher in home economy. The professor teaches in the study programme for teacher of home economy within the bachelor’s and master’s programmes in educational sciences. In addition, the professor’s duties include instruction in the field, supervision of theses and dissertations, and management and development of research in national and international networks. The professor also takes care of administrative duties.

Qualification requirements

An appointee to a professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and possess high-level academic qualifications and experience in heading scientific research, as well as the ability to provide research-based teaching of high quality and supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the appointee shall show evidence of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents. The holder of professorship shall also have the skills necessary for serving as an academic leader.

The appointee must be competent in the language in which he or she provides instruction, in this case Finnish language. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must also have good English skills.

Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish, he or she must attain a level of Finnish proficiency suitable for everyday communication within three years of taking up the position.

Selection criteria

An individual recruited as a professor is expected to have strong academic merits and qualifications and be recognised as a significant opinion-leader in his or her own discipline.

When assessing the qualifications of each applicant, attention will be paid to both scholarly and teaching qualifications. Scholarly qualifications include scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience as well as scientific commissions, positions of trust and international relations. When considering the teaching qualifications of each applicant, attention will be focused on teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills as well as participation in doctoral education. The applicant’s leadership and interaction skills as well as activity in the academic community will also be taken into account.

Salary and benefits

The salary for the position is based on levels 8-9 of the requirement scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee is paid a salary component based on personal performance. The gross monthly salary will be approximately 5,000€−7,000€ depending on the appointee’s scholarly qualifications and career stage. A 6-month probation period is applied.

The Faculty of Educational Sciences is a dynamic, inspiring and international working and studying environment that has invested in state-of-the-art research and teaching infrastructure. We encourage our staff to make bold and creative decisions while exercising high standards of ethical conduct in research, teaching and community relations.

The faculty’s administrative and technical staff, as well as your expert colleagues will support you in your role. The university takes care of your well-being by flexible work arrangements, comprehensive occupational health care and wide-ranging, low-cost UniSport services. Professional development is supported in different ways, i.e. by offering versatile staff training.


Applications are submitted through the University’s electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) submit their applications through the SAP HR portal

Applications must have the following enclosures as a one single pdf file which shall be named as follows: lastname_professor[home_economics_pedagogy]:

  1. University portfolio / CV
  3. A numbered list of publications, in which the ten publications most relevant to the position are indicated in bold font. See the classification of publication types by Ministry of Education and Culture: (
  4. A plan for the development of research and teaching (1-2 pages)
  5. A report on the applicant’s scientific / research activities (1-3 pages including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of research funding and international scholarly work)

Additionally, we request you to fill out a separate report on your teaching qualifications via:

On the Faculty’s request, short-listed applicants should prepare to submit up to 10 publications of their choice after the application period.

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

The application deadline is November 15th 2020.

Additional information

Further information about the position and faculty can be obtained from professor Minna Autio, minna.autio(at)

Further information about the recruitment process can be obtained from HR Specialist Linda Ylönen, Technical support for using the recruitment system: rekrytointi(at)

University of Helsinki is committed to promoting equality and to prevent discrimination throughout all operation and activities. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Read more about working at the university:

Due date

15.11.2020 23:59 EET