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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Professorship in theoretical philosophy, Helsinki, FINLAND

theoretical philosophy
Position announced on: Apr 18, 2013
Apply at latest on: May 30, 2013
Fixed-term: Permanent

Faculty of Arts
Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies

The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research 
universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University 
includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly 
operated with other universities. Some 36,500 students are currently 
pursuing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of 

The Faculty of Arts is Finland?s oldest institution for teaching and 
research in the humanities and the largest in terms of the structure and 
range of disciplines. It is also a significant international community 
fostering research, education and cultural interaction.

The Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies 
( belongs to the Faculty of Arts and has a 
strong profile in the multidisciplinary research and teaching of the 

The Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies at the 
University of Helsinki invites applications for a


The field of the position is theoretical philosophy.

According to Section 33 of the Universities Act (No 558/2009), a professor 
shall carry out and supervise scientific work, provide teaching based on 
it, follow developments in research and participate in societal 
interaction and international cooperation in his or her field.

The professorship covers history of philosophy, epistemology, logic, and 
systematic philosophy. The new professor will be an internationally 
recognized, dynamic, first class researcher and teacher. While there is no 
special emphasis on any particular area among these disciplines, it is an 
important requirement that the new professor shall further the research 
lines in which the unit of theoretical philosophy has been traditionally 
strong and initiate new development

The unit of theoretical philosophy of the University of Helsinki has a 
long standing international tradition in philosophical logic and 
systematic philosophy (metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of 
language). The unit cooperates closely with the philosophy unit (teaching 
in Swedish) which belongs to the same department, and the research groups 
in methodology and philosophy of social sciences in the Faculty of Social 

According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, an appointee 
to a professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and have top level 
scholarly qualifications, experience in the supervision of scientific 
research, the ability to provide top level teaching based on research and 
to supervise theses and dissertations as well as documentation of 
international cooperation in the research field that the appointee 
represents. Furthermore, the position also calls for academic leadership 

Holders of teaching and research positions at Finnish universities must be 
proficient in the language in which they provide instruction, i.e., 
Finnish or Swedish. Proficiency in the language of instruction can be 
demonstrated as laid down in the Regulations of the University of 
Helsinki. Moreover, in bilingual universities offering degrees both in 
Finnish and Swedish, holders of teaching and research positions must also 
have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Finnish and 
Swedish. According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, 
foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens and Finnish citizens who 
have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this 
requirement without a separate application. If the successful applicant is 
not proficient in Finnish or Swedish, he or she is expected to acquire 
moderate proficiency, as becoming proficient in Finnish or Swedish is 
important for the professor?s full integration into the workplace and 
Finnish society. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the 
appointee must also have good English skills.

When assessing the qualifications of each candidate, attention will be 
paid 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 participation in doctoral 
education. Account shall also be taken of the applicant's 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.

The salary will be based on levels 8?10 of the demands level chart 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 work performance.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications four copies of 
the following documents:

1)  A curriculum vitae 

2)  A report (max. 5 pages) on pedagogical expertise (teaching philosophy, 
previous teaching experience, pedagogical skills, the ability to use and 
develop teaching materials, other teaching merits) or alternatively, an 
academic portfolio containing equivalent information 

3)  A report (max. 3 pages) on the applicant?s research activities 
(including activities in scientific communities, the acquisition of 
research funding and international scholarly work) and on how the 
applicant intends to develop research and teaching in his or her field, if 

4)  A numbered list of those publications with which the applicant wishes 
to demonstrate his or her competence and merits; the list should follow 
the Faculty instructions for classifying publications 

5)  Up to ten publications numbered as on the list of publications. The 
publications should be delivered to the following address: Faculty Office 
of the Faculty of Arts, P.O. Box 3, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland. 
The visiting address is Fabianinkatu 33, 2nd floor.

6)  Certificates of language proficiency

Applications addressed to the Faculty of Arts, together with the required 
enclosures (excluding the publications), must be delivered to the 
following postal address: Registry of the University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 
33 (Yliopistonkatu 4), 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland, or by email: The closing date for applications is 30 May 2013. 
(The Registry closes at 15.45 local Helsinki time.)

Further information may be obtained from Professor Gabriel Sandu,, + 358 9 191 28061.