Doctoral Researcher, EU in the Volatile Indo-Pacific Region

Helsinki, Finland
01 Mar 2023
28 Mar 2023
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for a DOCTORAL RESEARCHER 

to a fixed-term employment from 01 May 2023 to 30 April 2024. The trial period is no more than 6 months. The position is in the Department of Cultures, and the doctoral researcher works for the project “The EU in the Volatile Indo-Pacific Region (EUVIP)”.

EUVIP aims at bringing Europe more prominently in the Indo-Pacific through answering the puzzle: How can the European Union (EU), an economically influential actor who lacks military power, play a more significant role in the Indo-Pacific, and contribute to maintaining the multilateral, rules-based regional order endangered by the Sino-US power rivalry? Through its concise training, research, communication, dissemination, and exploitation activities EUVIP will significantly contribute to shaping the new, rapidly developing academic field of Indo-Pacific Studies. The project will raise the awareness of the stakeholders (academia, civil society, politics, and broad public) of the strategic, political, and economic significance of the volatile Indo-Pacific region for Europe and for a values-based European approach towards this region. The doctoral researcher’s tasks in EUVIP is to assist in research and managing the project. There are sponsored trainings to our European partners’ universities to improve your skills and knowledge in this field. Basic info of the project can be found here:

A doctoral researcher’s main duty is their dissertation work and post-graduate studies. No more than 5 % of annual working time is used for teaching, and it is recommended that teaching is linked to the individual’s own research interest where possible.


An appointee to the position of doctoral researcher shall hold a second-cycle degree and the right to complete a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki or shall be granted the right to complete a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki during the trial period at the beginning of the employment relationship. Other requirements shall include an approved research proposal, the ability and motivation, as demonstrated in previous degree studies and otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. In addition, a degree in Asian Studies and/or Political Sciences and language skills in Asian languages such as Chinese, Japanese, or Korean will be desired.


The salary will be based on levels 2-4 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 University of Helsinki provides its staff with occupational health and sports services among other things (


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 following documents must be attached to the application as a single pdf file called “lastname_firstname_doctoral”:

  1. a cover letter
  2. a CV
  3. a list of publications

Please, see instructions

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

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 Professor Julie Yu-Wen Chen julie.chen(at) Further information about the recruitment process can be obtained from HR Specialist Anni Kauppinen hr-humtdk(at)

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS ENDS 28 March, 2023 Helsinki Time.

The University of Helsinki Faculty of Arts ( is Finland’s oldest and largest unit of teaching and research in the arts in terms of the organisation and selection of its disciplines. The Faculty is also a significant international community of research, education and culture.