The University of Helsinki is Finland’s oldest and largest academic institution, an international scholarly community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki usually ranks among the top 100 universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is seeking solutions to global challenges and engendering new thinking for the benefit of humanity.

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.

The Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, invites applications for the position of


to be appointed on a permanent basis as of 1 August 2022. The field of the position is art history.

Research and teaching in the discipline of art history focus on art, architecture and visual culture as historical and contemporary phenomena. The research is linked to international research in the field and engages in dialogue with several disciplines.

The university lecturer of art history will provide teaching and supervision based on the curriculum at all levels of both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Duties requiring good cooperation skills include participating in the planning and development of teaching together with the other staff of the department, degree programmes and discipline. The university lecturer will supervise and examine theses, conduct research in the field and contribute to the further development of the discipline.


In accordance with the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, the appointee must hold an applicable doctoral degree, have cooperation and planning skills, and be able to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses, which are most often written in Finnish.

When assessing the qualifications of applicants, attention will be paid to academic qualifications and merits, such as publications and experience in research projects, as well as teaching and supervision experience, pedagogical skills, the ability to produce learning material and, if necessary, a demonstration of teaching skills. Teaching and supervision at the bachelor’s level and in multidisciplinary bachelor’s and master’s programmes are an essential part of the appointee’s job description. The discipline of art history belongs to the Department of Cultures, which excels in multidisciplinary research and teaching in the arts. The successful applicant has good interaction skills, scholarly networks and the ability to work in a multidisciplinary teaching and research community.

According to the Government Decree on Universities, university lecturers are required to be proficient in Finnish. They must also have at least a satisfactory command of spoken and written Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. Knowledge of other languages will be considered a further asset.


The appointee’s gross monthly salary will range from €3,300 to €4,500, depending on their qualifications and experience. There is a six-month trial period for the position.


The application, together with the required attachments, must be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Internal applicants (i.e., current employees of the University of Helsinki) must submit their applications by logging in to the SAP system:

Applications must be accompanied by a single PDF file named taidehistoria_lastname_firstname and including the following Finnish- or English-language documents:

1) A curriculum vitae
2) A report (max. 5 pages, e.g., an academic portfolio) on the applicant’s teaching expertise
3) A report (max. 3 pages) on the applicant’s research activities
4) A numbered list of publications
Other attachments, including letters of recommendation or certificates, are not required.
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Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview and a demonstration of teaching skills.
The University of Helsinki welcomes applications from people of any gender, linguistic and cultural background, or minority group.
Further information about the position can be obtained from Department Director Tiina Airaksinen, tiina.h.airaksinen(at) Further information about the recruitment process can be obtained from HR Specialist Maria Colliander, maria.colliander(at)

Due date

27.04.2022 23:59 EEST