University Lecturer in Craft Science

University of Helsinki


The internationally esteemed Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki is Finland’s most multidisciplinary unit of research and teaching in educational sciences and teacher education. The aim of the Faculty’s research and teaching is to realise the cultural and social potential of people for the benefit of individuals and humanity in the best possible way.


The Faculty of Educational Sciences invites applications for the position of



for a permanent appointment beginning on 1 January 2020.


The appointee’s research duties will focus on craft science, education, teaching and teacher education. He or she will also provide multimaterial craft teaching, particularly in the Study Track for Craft Teachers, and will supervise students’ teaching practice and theses. The university lecturer will participate in the activities of the Study Track for Craft Teachers and will actively engage in Finnish and international specialist networks in the field. The appointee’s other duties will include administrative tasks related to teaching.




The appointee must hold an applicable doctoral degree and be able to provide high-quality teaching based on research and to supervise theses. Because the appointee must also supervise students’ teaching practice, he or she must have completed pedagogical studies for teachers (60 cr). The qualifications required of a craft teacher, experience in teaching hard materials (previously known as technical crafts) and experience in seminar- and lecture-based university teaching in education, particularly teacher education, will be considered assets. In addition, the appointee must be willing and able to develop his or her skills and participate actively in teaching-related research and development projects in Finnish and international networks.


When assessing the qualifications of applicants, attention will be paid to the following:
• Scientific publications
• Other scholarly activities
• Teaching and supervision experience and other teaching merits
• Pedagogical training
• Development of teaching
• Production of learning material
• Demonstration of teaching skills


According to the Government Decree on Universities, university lecturers are required to be competent in the language in which they provide instruction, in other words, Finnish or Swedish. They must also have at least satisfactory oral and written proficiency in both languages. 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. However, applicants should note that most of the teaching associated with the present position will take place in Finnish. If the appointee does not speak Finnish, he or she must acquire the required proficiency in Finnish within three years from the beginning of employment. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must also have good proficiency in English.


The appointee’s gross monthly salary will range from €3,300 to €5,000, depending on his or her qualifications and previous experience. There is a six-month trial period for the position.



The application must be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic recruitment system by clicking on the link below. Current employees of the University of Helsinki must submit their applications through the SAP HR portal (

Applications must be accompanied by a single PDF file that includes the following documents:

• An academic portfolio (a separate form is to be used for a report on teaching qualifications)
• A report on teaching qualifications (submitted using the following e-form:
• A numbered list of publications
• A report (max. 3 pages) describing the applicant’s research activities (e.g., activities in the scientific community, international research work, applications for research funding and the applicant’s contribution to such applications)
• A plan for the development of research and teaching
Instructions for attachments:


The PDF file must be named as follows: lastname_yolehtorikäsityö. Other attachments, including letters of recommendation or certificates, are not required.
The deadline for applications is Monday, 21 October 2019.



Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Erja Syrjäläinen, erja.syrjalainen(at)
Further information about the recruitment process can be obtained from HR Specialist Pirjo Lehtiniemi, pirjo.lehtiniemi(at) Technical support for using the University’s electronic recruitment system: rekrytointi(at)


Due date

21.10.2019 23:59 EEST

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