Apply for a title of docent

The University may grant the title of docent to an applicant possessing extensive knowledge in his or her field and the ability to conduct independent research, as demonstrated by publications or other means, as well as good teaching skills. The Faculty Council assesses whether the applicant fulfils the requirements for the title of docent. Before making its decision, the Faculty Council will acquire statements on the applicant’s academic competence from two assessors, in addition to which the applicant’s teaching skills will be assessed by the teaching skills committee. At the University of Helsinki, the title of docent is granted by the chancellor.

A docent shall be entitled to participate in the teaching of his or her discipline, the supervision of students, and the examination of dissertations and theses, as well as in other University activities as agreed upon on a case-by-case basis.

It is possible to apply for a title of docent at the Faculty of Law twice a year: application periods are 1–30 September and 1–31 March.

List of docents (in Finnish)

Aca­demic qual­i­fic­a­tions

The title of docent can be granted to a person who has

  • A doctoral degree
  • High-quality academic research with a scope equivalent to at least two dissertations (both monographs and research articles will be taken into consideration)
  • Profound knowledge in his or her field
  • The ability to conduct independent research, as demonstrated by publications or other means
  • Good teaching skills

The Faculty Council will acquire statements on the applicant’s academic competence from two assessors, unless, for special reasons, the statements are considered unnecessary.

The University's instructions for Academic portfolio

Good teaching skills

Docents are required to have good teaching skills. The Faculty’s teaching skills committee makes an overall assessment of the teaching skills of the prospective docent. The assessment is based on the teaching merits documented in the application documents, an evaluation of the teaching demonstration, as well as an interview.

The teaching skills committee assesses teaching skills and a related demonstration on separately announced dates.

Language skills

A docent must be proficient in the language, Finnish or Swedish, in which he or she provides teaching. Moreover, a docent must have at least satisfactory oral and written skills in both languages (Government Decree on Universities 770/2009).

Foreign citizens or non-native Finns may be exempted from the requirement regarding proficiency in the Finnish and Swedish languages (Regulations of the University of Helsinki, section 32).

The application round for docentship is open twice a year (March & September). Required closures are: a free-form application letter including one's contact information and specification of the field of the applied docentship, an English-language academic portfolio / CV, an English-language list of publications, and publications. Please, check the instructions below.

After the application period closes, the Faculty’s research committee will make a preliminary assessment on whether the applicant fulfils the requirements for the title of docent on the basis of their list of publications and CV. If the assessment is affirmative, the committee will make a proposal on two assessors to the Faculty Council, in addition to which the committee will also comment on the field of the docentship. In both choosing the assessors and determining the field, the committee has the right to consult professors of the field. As regards the teaching skills of the applicant, the committee has the right to consult the chair of the teaching skills committee.

If the assessment by the research committee is negative, the applicant can choose to withdraw their application or request the Faculty Council to decide whether the application will be further processed. Decisions on the assessors and the field of the docentship are made by the Faculty Council at the proposal of the research committee.


  • Scientific, especially peer-reviewed publications from the point of view of the field of applied docentship. In quantity, the applicant's publications should be equivalent in scope to two doctoral dissertations; both monographs and research articles can be included.
  • Moreover, her/his research conducted after the doctoral dissertation should contribute to new scholarly knowledge and demonstrate development as an independent researcher ("new openings" after the dissertation).
  • The teaching skills committee evaluates the applicant’s teaching skills using the faculty’s common criteria.

The applicants submit their applications using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link “Apply the title”. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki leave their application via the SAP HR portal. After logging in, find the correct announcement with the reference code which will be available during the application round. Application left without the reference code will not be connected to correct process.

Applications can be submitted by using the system only during application periods.

Required enclosures

Both the application and its enclosures must be submitted to the University’s electronic recruitment system. The application must be accompanied by the following enclosures.

  1. A free-form application letter addressed to the Faculty of Law. In the letter, including his/her contact information, the applicant should specify the field of the applied docentship ("I apply a title of docent in xxx").
  2. An English-language academic portfolio or CV, containing also information on the applicant’s teaching experience (see instructions and criteria)
  3. An English-language list of publications. Please, use the categories defined by the Ministry of Education (PDF). N.B: The applicant should specify in the beginning of her/his publication list, (a) which publications overlap her/his doctoral thesis and how, and (b) which publications show her/his new thematical openings, showing her/his widened expertise and development as a researcher after doctoral degree. If you have any co-authored publications, you should attach a report on your contribution to each of them.
  4. Publications submitted for assessment. Publications should be submitted via recruitment system and each document should have letters DOS in the beginning of its name and be numbered as in the list of publications. Should the publication not be available in electronical form, two hard copies of the publication must be delivered to the Faculty.
  5. A non-Finnish Citizen should include a copy of the passport certified by two people. Copies of relevant diplomas and certificates enclosed should have an English-language translation if the original diploma/certificate is granted in another language than Finnish, Swedish or English. Diplomas and Certificates shall be enclosed to academic portfolio as instructed.

The applications for the title of docent are submitted through the University of Helsinki Electronic Recruitment System.

Internal applicants, who are current employees of the University of Helsinki, leave their application via the SAP HR portal, which they can access through Flamma. In SAP HR, please choose: Employment opportunities - Application via Reference code - Reference code: HY20350

External applicants submit their applications at recruitment system. After registering and logging in, please search for the right call for applications: Employment opportunities - Application via Reference Code - Reference code: HY20352 

Docentship applicants are not required to fill in all parts of the profile section, the above documents as attachments are sufficient enough. Please note, that without the correct reference code, the application cannot be allocated to the right position. Applications can be submitted during the application period only.

Individuals who have been granted the title of docent can also use their expertise in support of the University’s goals and more actively serve as a member of the Faculty by concluding a docentship agreement. For this purpose, the forms of cooperation and the term of the agreement will be agreed with the dean, after which any practical arrangements will be carried out with University Services. Docents will receive a University account and email address, as well as access to data systems and library databases. Depending on the nature of their work, they may also be allocated a workstation close to their colleagues and tools in the Faculty facilities.