Doc­toral Can­did­ate, Datafic­a­tion Of Society And SSH Research

Helsinki, Finland
17 May 2021
End of advertisement period
31 May 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities, together with the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Theology, invites applications


The positions are filled for a fixed term starting 1.8.2021 (or as agreed). Successful candidates are expected to work full time and to complete their doctorates in four years.

The successful applicant will join the HSSH research initiative Datafication of society and SSH research. This research programme brings together a multidisciplinary community of scholars to tackle the emerging potentials and problems of datafication – the increasingly intensive collection and analysis of various forms of data and its implication to society and the social sciences and humanities. A background document about the scope of the programme offers more information, please see

We are looking for Ph.D. students who are in the beginning stages of the studies (1st year), with a prospect of working full time for the next 4 years. The duties of a doctoral candidate consist of working on his or her own doctoral thesis, completing other postgraduate studies, teaching (up to 5% of the annual working time), and other tasks.


Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in a field that is relevant to the research topic and have a high quality research proposal. Applicants’ research plans should fall into the research areas described in the research programme outline. Applicants are expected to submit their research plan and an additional elaboration statement on how they see the connections between their thesis proposal and the programme outline.

Other requirements include proven ability and motivation, demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. Fluency in English language is required. The appointee is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki

We welcome applications from candidates who already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki. If the candidate does not have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, it must be applied for separately and it must be obtained within the probationary period of six months of their appointment. Please see

Depending on their discipline and supervisor arrangements, doctoral candidates will be employed by one of the 5 founding faculties of HSSH (Educational Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts, Theology or Law) and they will join a relevant doctoral programme. However, the chosen group of students will be working in the HSSH, where the key staff of the research programme will be hosted.


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 annual gross salary range will be approx. 29,600 – 39,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information at The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.


Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents as a single pdf file:

  1. A curriculum vitae (max 2 pages).
  2. A list of publications.
  3. A research plan not exceeding four (4) pages.
  4. A statement outlining how the proposed topic fits to the thematic content the HSSH datafication research programme.
  5. Contact information and recommendation from one referee.

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.

Deadline for applications is Monday 31 May 2021.

Further information about the position may be obtained from professor Risto Kunelius, Director of Helsinki Institute for Social Science and Humanities, email, tel. +358401904085.

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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. Through the power of science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640.

HSSH is a promotes a new interdisciplinary research culture nationally and internationally. HSSH is a joint unit of the Faculty of Arts, Educational Sciences, Law, Theology and Social Sciences, as well as the Swedish School of Social Sciences (SSKH), the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS) and the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences (HYMY). The enhances a research culture that creates new multidisciplinary and inspiring research collaboration on the City Centre Campus of the University of Helsinki and with partners outside the university. The mission of the institute is to 1) strengthen research collaboration in the social sciences and humanities to generate new multidisciplinary research projects, 2) coordinate the efficient use of research infrastructures, 3) promote the scientific and social impact of social sciences and humanities research nationally and internationally, 4) support long-term development of research methods and the utilization of digital data and 5) improve researchers' access to external research funding.

Due date

31.05.2021 23:59 EEST