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Post-doc­toral Re­search­er in In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­iz­a­tions Law

Helsinki, Finland
Closing date
17 Feb 2021

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Academic Discipline
Law, Social Sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Postdocs
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. More than 30,000 students are currently pursuing a degree at the University of Helsinki.

The Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki ( is the leading Finnish institute of legal education. Some degrees granted by the Faculty are completed at the bilingual Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies. The Faculty’s mission is to train qualified, ethically responsible legal professionals for both the Finnish and international markets through high-quality international research and research-based teaching. The Faculty of Law offers undergraduate degrees in Finnish, Swedish and English as well as a bilingual degree in Finnish and Swedish. The Faculty has a teaching and research staff of around 120 people and 2,400 students pursuing a degree.

The appointees will be affiliated with the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, at the Faculty of Law, and form part of professor Klabbers’ ERC-funded project PRIVIGO.

The Faculty of Law invites applications for

THREE POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS in international organizations law

for fixed terms of 4 years.

The appointees’ duties will include conducting research and providing teaching in areas connected to the research project´s themes or appointees’ areas of expertise as well as other activities at the Faculty.

Appointees will be team member in the research project Between Mission and Market: International Institutions and the Private Sector (PRIVIGO, ERC Grant 883417). The appointees will work with, and under the supervision of, Professor Jan Klabbers. The main working language will be English.

PRIVIGO investigates the relations between international organizations and the private sector along three dimensions, and is looking for:

  • One Post-doctoral researcher on international organizations and private sector funding;
  • One Post-doctoral researcher on international organizations as market actors;
  • One Post-doctoral researcher on international organizations and the allocation of costs and benefits.

The research is expected to lead to high-level monographs of legal relevance on these three dimensions, as well as other output in the form of journal articles and book chapters.

The postdoctoral researchers will conduct research on international organizations law. Successful appointees will have strong knowledge of international organizations law and an affinity with both doctrinal and critical approaches, whereas in-depth knowledge of general international law, private law and international political economy will be assets. The appointees shall have completed an applicable doctoral degree (preferably in law, but social sciences is not excluded) before the start of employment. The position requires the ability and motivation to conduct independent scientific research, and excellent oral and written proficiency in English.

The salary will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system applied in Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary range will be €3,100–3,600 per month, depending on the merits and experience of the appointee. There will be a six-month trial period for the position.

The application must be accompanied by the following enclosures (in English, as one PDF file):

  • An application written by the applicant, indicating the applicant’s interest in conducting research, as well as expertise and teaching experience related to the research field
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A list of publications
  • A tentative research plan (max. 3 pages) that relates to one of the themes of the project

The application, together with the required attachments, must be submitted as one PDF file through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the 'Apply for the position' link below. Applicants employed by the University of Helsinki must submit their application through the SAP HR portal ( The closing date for applications is 17 February 2021. The appointed post-doctoral researcher is scheduled to start working on 1 August 2021 or soon after that.

Further information on the position may be obtained from Dean Pia Letto-Vanamo, pia.letto-vanamo(at), or Professor Jan Klabbers, jan.klabbers(at)

Further information on the recruitment system may be obtained from HR Specialist Minna Boström, hr-oiktdk(at)

Due date

17.02.2021 23:59 EET


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