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The Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki is the leading Finnish institute of legal research and education. Some of the degrees awarded by the Faculty are completed at its bilingual (Finnish and Swedish) Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies. The Faculty’s mission is to train qualified, ethically responsible legal professionals for both the Finnish and international markets through high-quality international research and research-based teaching. The Faculty offers undergraduate degrees in Finnish, Swedish and English as well as a bilingual degree in Swedish and Finnish. The Faculty has a teaching and research staff of around 130 people and 2,400 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Faculty of Law invites applications for


for a three-year period starting from January 1 2022 (or as agreed) onwards to contribute to the project Comparing Early Modern Colonial Laws: England, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain (CoCoLaw), led by Academy Professor Heikki Pihlajamäki.

CoCoLaw will provide a comparative account of how early modern colonial laws of England, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal evolved. The Project sets the colonial laws in two important contexts: the historical continuation that links the colonial experience to the middle ages and the early modern context of continental European empires (Sweden, Germany, Russia). The Project will seek to understand how and why the legal strategies of the colonizing nations developed into different directions. In addition, CoCoLaw will systematically compare early modern overseas legal orders with each other, contributing to making legal history a truly global discipline. Culturally contextualizing and comparative methods best characterize the approach of the Project. We highly encourage applicants with linkages to these themes and an interest in comparative legal history of the early modern period to apply.

Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in a field that is relevant to the research topic and have a high-quality research proposal. Moreover, he or she is expected to have the ability to conduct independent scientific research and possess the teaching skills required for the position. The position of postdoctoral researcher is typically held for three to five years after the completion of a doctoral degree. 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.
An appointee must be able to provide a clear contribution to the theme of the Project. To fulfil the research requirements of the position, the applicant chosen is awaited to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki, and actively to participate in the research and teaching activities of the Project and the Faculty.

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. The annual gross salary range will be approx. 41,000 – 50,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information at The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via 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. The deadline for applications is May 16, 2021.
Following enclosures must be attached as single pdf-file to the application:

1. A curriculum vitae (max 2 pages).
2. A numbered list of publications, on which the applicant has marked in bold her or his five key publications to be considered during the review (please do not send copies of the publications themselves).
3. A research plan not exceeding six (6) pages including a statement outlining how the proposed topic fits the profile of the Project.
4. Contact information and recommendation from one referee.


For further information on the postdoctoral position, please contact Professor Heikki Pihlajamäki (heikki.pihlajamaki(at)

For further information on the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Minna Boström, hr-oiktdk(at)
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