University Lecturer in Global Development Studies

Helsinki, Finland
16 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of


for a permanent appointment beginning on 1 January 2023.   

The duties of the university lecturer will include: providing teaching in accordance with the global development studies’ requirements of the BA and MA Programmes in Society and Change, MA Programme in Contemporary Societies, and Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Changes; supervising and examining theses and dissertations; and conducting innovative research. The person appointed to the position is required to contribute towards the administrative work of the unit.

Global Development Studies at the University of Helsinki examines, from a multidisciplinary perspective, issues of development, poverty, and inequality, as well as social, political, environmental and cultural changes. At the University of Helsinki, Global Development Studies focuses on topics including theories of development, global extractivisms, transformative alternatives, decolonising struggles, political ecology of environment and  development, development policy and interventions, social and global justice, the relationship between development and culture, gender and intersecting inequalities, urban space and the environment, and global political economy. We seek to explain and understand complex social transformations first and foremost – although not solely – in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and in Global South – North relations, with the purpose of identifying creative alternatives for the future.


The appointee shall hold an applicable doctoral degree, and the ability to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses and dissertations. The doctoral degree requirement must be met by the end of the application deadline.

Expertise gained through active research experience and publications in critical development studies and its theorization is required. Furthermore, a critical understanding of global development policy and cooperation, and study of the global South (Africa, Asia, and Latin America) will be considered particularly relevant. Degrees, and past publications, active research career, and future potential in the field of Global Development Studies, International Development, or closely related global studies, will be preferred.

The curriculum includes courses taught in Finnish and English, and in order to successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have very good working knowledge of both languages. The appointed candidate will be required to teach bachelor thesis seminars and other courses in Finnish.

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

  • Scholarly publications
  • Research activity
  • 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.


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. €45,000–63,000, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. 

In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive benefits to its employees, including occupational health care, wellbeing and sport services and opportunities for professional development. Further information online. 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 now" below. 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 10 October 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 five key publications to be considered during the review
  • A report (max. 3 pages) on practical experience and qualifications relevant to the assessment of teaching skills
  • A report (max. 3 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)

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 pdf file named as follows: fieldofposition_lastname_firstname. Other enclosures, such as recommendation letters or certificates, are not required.

Applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background or from members of minority groups are welcomed.


Further information on the position and the work environment may be obtained from Professor Markus Kröger,
Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist Minna Maunula,

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.