University Lec­turer in Demo­graphy and Data Science

Helsinki, Finland
24 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
06 Mar 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
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. Applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background or from members of minority groups are welcomed.

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 master’s programme, and several of its disciplinary units have been rated among the top 50 in the world. The Faculty has approximately 500 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 Faculty of Social Sciences and the Centre for Social Data Science invite applications for the position of


for a fixed term 5-year appointment beginning as soon as possible, but no later than August 2022.

The duties of the present university lecturer will include providing teaching in accordance with the degree requirements, supervising and examining theses and dissertations, conducting research that is relevant for understanding the causes and consequences of changing family dynamics, and coordinating the activities of the Family Formation in Flux –research team that is based at the University of Helsinki ( In addition to the Flux project, the successful candidate will be affiliated with the Centre for Social Data Science ( and with the Population Research Unit (


The appointee shall hold an applicable doctoral degree, for example in demography, sociology, economics, data science, or statistics, and the ability to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations. The degree requirement must be met by the end of the application deadline.

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills.

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

  • Scholarly publications
  • Other scholarly activities
  • Teaching experience, supervision of theses and dissertations and other pedagogical merits, pedagogical training, the development of teaching, the production of learning material
  • The applicant's teaching demonstration
  • The interview with the applicant.

In the evaluation, special emphasis will be put on (1) research and publication track record in the field of demography, and (2) the ability to teach advanced quantitative methods in the social sciences. While part of the work of the successful candidate will include coordinating the activities of the Family Formation in Flux -project, and while we expect research contributions that are relevant for understanding changing family dynamics, at the application and selection stage we value equally existing research track records in social, health, and family demography.


We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment. The annual gross salary range will be approx. €44,000–65,500, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive benefits to its employees, including occupational health care, opportunities for professional development, support for applying for research project funding as well as library, wellbeing and fitness services. Further information is available at The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.

The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki. The Faculty of Social Sciences provides assistance in relocation.


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 currently employed by the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP Fiori portal at The closing date for applications is March 6, 2022.

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

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A numbered list of publications on which the applicant has marked in bold his or her three key publications to be considered during the review
  • A report (max. 2 pages) on practical experience and qualifications relevant to the assessment of teaching skills
  • A report (max. 2 pages) on the applicant’s scholarly activities (including activities in scientific communities, international scholarly work, the acquisition of research funding and the applicant’s role in the acquisition of such funding)
  • Research plan (max. 2 pages) that describes the researcher’s envisioned research agenda for the next 3-5 years

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

The enclosures must be submitted as a SINGLE PDF file named as follows: fieldofposition_lastname_firstname. Other enclosures, such as recommendation letters or certificates, are not required.


Further information on the position and the work environment may be obtained from Professor Mikko Myrskylä,

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

Technical support for the recruitment system:

Due date

06.03.2022 23:59 EET