1–3 POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS
for a fixed term of 1–3 years, starting from 1 January, 2015.
The Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki functions as a national centre of research, study and expertise pertaining to Russia and Eastern Europe, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. Between 2012 and 2017, the Institute coordinates the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies - Choices of Russian Modernization, which is a joint Centre of Excellence of the Universities of Helsinki and Tampere. The Centre of Excellence is a multidisciplinary and international research community that strives to redefine the agenda on Russian modernisation.
Diversification of economy
Authoritarian market society as a challenge
Cultural and philosophical interpretations of Russian modernisation
(For more information about the CoE, please visithttp://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/crm/index.html.)
The above topics can be approached from a broad array of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities. We value multidisciplinary efforts, willingness to engage in cross-disciplinary discussions and proposals that are firmly connected to the CoE’s research plan (http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/crm/research-plan.html).
The University of Helsinki is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The Choices of Russian Modernisation CoE, which is the first centre of excellence in Finland to focus on Russia, is a joint CoE between the Universities of Helsinki and Tampere. The postdoctoral researchers will work at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, which is one of the largest centres in Europe for Russian studies and a dynamic place for research, teaching and reaching out to society.
The CoE offers an innovative, international and inspiring research community with excellent research infrastructure and premises. We encourage intellectual curiosity, original thought and active societal outreach, and support our researchers with a wide range of both social (including occupational health care) and intellectual benefits. For more information about the Aleksanteri Institute, please visit our websitehttp://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/english/index.html.
According to the regulations of the University of Helsinki, the appointees must hold a doctoral degree and have the ability to conduct independent scientific research, and must possess the teaching skills required for the position. The doctoral degree must have been granted by the awarding institution prior to the closing date for applications. Furthermore, the doctoral degree is expected to have been granted no more than four years prior to application (that is, 2010 or later). The four-year limit may be exceeded only for compelling reasons, such as maternity, paternity or parental leave, military or non-military service leave, or extended sick leave. An applicant who appeals for an exemption from the four-year limit must indicate the reasons in his or her curriculum vitae.
The successful candidate is expected to have a proven capacity to publish in international scholarly journals, have strong analytical and methodological skills, and be able to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team. The successful candidate should also have excellent skills in written and oral English, as well as a good command of Russian.
The salary is based on the salary system of Finnish universities (YPJ). The starting salary for the position will be EUR 3,300–3,700 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and work experience. Employment contracts are made with a probationary period of four months.
Applications should be written in English and include:
A 1–2 page cover letter summarising the applicant’s motivation for joining the CoE
A research plan (max. 5 pages)
CV (max. 3 pages)
List of publications (max. 3 pages)
Contact information for 2–3 referees
Applications should be addressed to Professor Markku Kivinen, director of the Centre of Excellence, and submitted electronically as a single PDF file (no more than 5 MB, entitled “Postdoctoral Researcher” and the applicant’s name) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline is 22 October, 2014.
Applications will be reviewed by the board of the Centre of Excellence. All applicants will be informed via e-mail about the outcome of their application within two months after the closing date.
For more information, please contact:
Professor Markku Kivinen, director of the Aleksanteri Institute and the Centre of Excellence (tel. +358 50 563 6309, e-mail markku.kivinen(at)helsinki.fi), or
Dr Sari Autio-Sarasmo, research coordinator of the Centre of Excellence (tel. + 358 50 319 9365, e-mail sari.autio-sarasmo(at)helsinki.fi)
Please note that applications sent directly to these e-mail addresses will not be accepted.