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The Faculty of Social Sciences and the Academy of Finland research project Ethical Risks and Responsibility of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence invite applications for the position of


for a two-year, full-time, fixed-term period from autumn 2021 onwards (starting date as agreed). The position will be located at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who has completed a doctoral degree no more than three years ago. The aim of the position is to encourage the appointee to further their skills and gain more experience to prepare them for an academic career.

The successful applicant will join a research team RADAR ( working on various topics at the intersection of ethics, robotics, action theory, led by research coordinator Pekka Mäkelä together with Senior researcher Raul Hakli.

Candidates are expected to conduct research relevant to the above-mentioned research project. The core question of the project is how to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) responsibly in societal applications, especially in healthcare. Given the breadth of the project, suitable areas of specialization include a wide range of topics in applied ethics, action theory, philosophy of mind, philosophy of AI, robophilosophy and social ontology. Since the project studies the use of AI in social and health care applications, interest in and familiarity with medical and healthcare practices is appreciated. The successful applicant should also possess appropriate teaching skills in philosophy. The duties of the postdoctoral researcher include teaching for the Faculty of Social Sciences (5% of the annual workload).


The default assumption is that the appointee will hold a doctoral degree before commencing work in the project, and have the ability to conduct independent scientific work. The working language will be English. The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki, and to participate actively in the intellectual life of the discipline of Practical Philosophy, and the wider scientific community across and beyond the Faculty of Social Sciences and the University of Helsinki. The Faculty of Social Sciences provides assistance in relocation.


We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment. The annual gross salary range will be approx. 30,000 – 40,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive benefits to its employees, including occupational health care, wellbeing and sport services and opportunities for professional development. Further information at The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.


Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English. Please compile all documents as a single pdf file:

(1) a CV with a list of publications
(2) a research plan connecting the applicant’s own research to the research project characterised above (max. 2 pages),
(3) the contact information of 2 referees, and
(4) a writing sample of maximum 10 000 words.

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal, deadline for applications is 1 August, 2021.


Further information about the position may be obtained from research coordinator Pekka Mäkelä,

Should you need support with the recruitment system, please contact

The Faculty of Social Sciences is Finland’s leading research and education institute in the social sciences, and the country’s most diverse social sciences faculty in terms of the range of its disciplines and fields of research. The Faculty has a strong international research profile and international Master’s programmes, and several of its disciplinary units have been rated among the top 50 in the world. The Faculty has a research and teaching staff of approximately 500, and each year it awards some 350 Bachelor’s degrees, 400 Master’s degrees and more than 40 doctoral degrees. We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. For more information, please see the Faculty website at

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