Dogmatics, Assistant Professor / Associate Professor / Professor

Helsinki, Finland
15 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
30 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

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The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University is an international scholarly community of more than 40,000 students and staff, which operates on four Helsinki campuses and in 15 other localities in Finland. High-quality research at the University generates new knowledge that serves as a basis for educating diverse experts in a variety of fields and benefits public decision-making as well as business and industry.

The University of Helsinki Faculty of Theology ( is the largest of the three academic theology units in Finland. In addition, it is one of Europe’s largest units in the field of theology and religious studies in terms of student numbers. The Faculty is a non-denominational academic community.

The mission of the Faculty is to conduct research on religion and its various manifestations, provide teaching based on research, and engage in national and international social debate. International assessments have found that the research conducted at the Faculty is of a high quality, and the Faculty cooperates actively with equivalent top-level research units.

The Faculty of Theology invites applications for an


from January 1, 2023 or by agreement. The successful applicant will be appointed to a fixed-term assistant professorship or associate professorship in the tenure track system or a permanent professorship, depending on the appointee's qualifications and career stage. The position is in the Department of Systematic Theology.

The Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor of Dogmatics studies religions, especially Christian churches, their historical and current doctrines as well as theological thinking and practices related to them and provides research-based teaching. The duties of an Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor also include public engagement, tasks related to the University community (administration) and other tasks.

Dogmatics as discipline need not be limited to any religious community: it can study any religion. As a scientific discipline, dogmatics does not stand for or against the doctrines it studies.


An appointee to the position of assistant professor/associate professor in the tenure track system shall hold a doctoral degree and have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work as well as the teaching skills required for the position. In addition, the appointee shall have the ability and motivation to pursue an academic career, as demonstrated by publications and other means. When assessing the applicants’ qualifications, attention shall be paid not only to research work and teaching qualifications, but also to success in the acquisition of external research funding as well as international scholarly work and other international experience.

An appointee to the position of professor shall hold a doctoral degree and have high-level academic qualifications; experience in leading scientific research; the ability to provide research-based teaching and supervise dissertations and theses; as well as evidence of international cooperation in the research field they represent. The appointee shall also have academic leadership skills. When considering the applicant’s qualifications, attention shall be given to scientific publications and other research results of scientific value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce teaching material, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills as well as the applicant’s participation in doctoral education. Account shall also be taken of the applicants’ activity in the scientific community, success in obtaining external research funding, international research experience and international elected positions as well as leadership and interaction skills.

An Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor is required to have proficiency in the Finnish language. In addition, he or she is also required to have at least satisfactory oral and written skills in the Swedish language. When filling the position, foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from the language requirement without a separate application. Nevertheless, a foreign citizen or a non-native Finnish citizen appointed to the position is required to acquire a reasonable level of proficiency in Finnish within three years of time. The employer supports language learning. Successful completion of the task also requires a good command of English.


The University of Helsinki offers the appointee a first-class research and teaching environment as well as the preconditions necessary for international cooperation (

The salary will be based on level 7 (assistant professor/associate professor) or levels 8–10 (professor) of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The annual gross salary of an assistant professor/associate professor is approximately €50,000–€68,500, and that of a professor, approximately €64,000–€96,000, depending on their qualifications and work experience.

The University of Helsinki provides its staff with occupational health and sports services as well as professional development opportunities ( International staff is supported in relocating to Finland (


The application must be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Employees of the University of Helsinki must submit their applications through the SAP Fiori portal

The university portfolio in English must be attached to the application as a single pdf file called “lastname_name_dogmatics”. Please, see the more detailed instructions:

Applicants are requested to be prepared for submitting a maximum of 10 publications of their choice to assessors via the electronic recruitment system. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview and to provide a teaching demonstration. They are also asked to provide a separate report of their teaching qualifications.

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of gender identities, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.


Further information about the position can be obtained from Dean Antti Räsänen Further information about the recruitment process can be obtained from HR Specialist Anni Kauppinen Recruitment system technical support:

Please, read more about academic careers at the University of Helsinki and the tenure track system

Please, read more about the Faculty of Theology