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Tenure Track or Full Professor in Social Inequalities in Health

The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of


The successful applicant may be appointed to a permanent professorship or a fixed-term associate/assistant professorship (tenure track system), depending on his/her qualifications and career stage.

The appointee’s previous research, teaching and supervision must relate to the study of the population level causes and consequences of social inequalities in health in the developed countries. S(he) must also provide proof of an ability to conduct quantitative research of a highest international standard and relevance. Special merit will be given to previous research that connects with one or several research themes in the Population Research Unit, where the position will be located. S(he) will contribute to teaching curriculums in Demography (in the Faculty of Social Sciences) and Public Health (in the Medical Faculty) and their joint Master's Programme in Social and Health Research and Management.


An appointee to the position of assistant/associate professor within the tenure track system shall hold a doctoral degree, have the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and have the teaching skills necessary for the position. In addition, applicants for assistant/associate professorships shall demonstrate their capability and motivation as regards an academic career through publications and other means.

An appointee to a full professorship shall hold a doctoral degree and possess top-level scholarly qualifications and experience in the supervision of scientific research, along with the ability to provide top-level research-based teaching as well as to supervise theses and dissertations. In addition, the appointee shall present documentation of international cooperation in the field of research that he or she represents. Holders of professorships shall also have the skills necessary to serve as academic leaders.

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

• scientific publications

• success in obtaining external research funding

• leading of scientific research

• international research experience

• activity in the academic community

• teaching experience, supervision of theses and dissertations and other pedagogical merits

• leadership and interaction skills

• vision of how the applicant intends to develop the field and focus his or her research

• assessor statements and success in interview.

To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must have good English skills. If the appointee is not proficient in Finnish or Swedish, he/she is expected to acquire moderate proficiency within a reasonable time after the appointment. Support for language studies is offered.

Annual gross salary for a full professor varies between 64,000 and 96,000 euros, and for an assistant/associate professor between 50,000 and 68,500 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.


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 employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal.

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

• A curriculum vitae

• A numbered list of publications

• 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)

• A vision (max. 2 pages) of how the applicant intends to develop the field and focus his or her research

• A report (max. 2 pages) on pedagogical expertise

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

The enclosures shall be uploaded as a single PDF file which shall be named as follows: fieldofposition_lastname_firstname. Other enclosures, such as recommendation letters or certificates are not required.

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the Faculty may request them to submit up to 5 publications of their choice to be sent to the assessors.


Further information on the position and the working environment may be obtained from pekka.martikainen [at] (Professor Pekka Martikainen), +358 44 286 1946.

Further information on the recruitment process may be obtained from HR Specialist minna.maunula [at] (Minna Maunula).

In case you need support with the recruitment system, please contact recruitment [at]

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