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Deadline: 30.09.2016
Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 15 other locations. The high-quality research carried out by the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields, and for utilisation in social decision-making and the business sector.

Social and Cultural Anthropology is a part of the Department of Social Research, Faculty of Social Sciences. The Department is a multidisciplinary unit with seven disciplines: social and cultural anthropology, social policy, social psychology, social work, sociology, statistics and media and communication studies. The Department is the largest Finnish unit in its field and is at the forefront in terms of both research and teaching in the social sciences.

The Department of Social Research invites applications for 3 Postdoctoral researchers in anthropology with expertise in any part of the Mediterranean region for a fixed term from 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2020 or according to agreement, to work within a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant project led by Sarah Green, Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology ( The project is entitled Crosslocations, and involves researching the entire Mediterranean region, which will include intensive ethnographic fieldwork in southern, northern and east Mediterranean regions. The postdoctoral researchers to be appointed will be required to have proven expertise in at least one of these regions.

The main duties of the three postdoctoral researchers will include intensive ethnographic research for Crosslocations, working both independently and collaboratively with the rest of the research team, in pursuit of the project’s main goals, and the analysis and publication of the results. In addition, these posts will require working with a range of different technical data (including legal, infrastructural, financial, environmental, linguistic, digital, commercial, geographical data) and incorporating these data into their research plans. Further, the researchers will also take overall responsibility for knowledge gathering of specific regions of the Mediterranean (north, south or east), and contributing this knowledge to the team. All three posts will require both independent and collaborative scientific publishing, as well as contributing to project meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences.

All three posts require a highly fluent command of written and spoken English, as well as fluency in the language(s) of the ethnographic region in the Mediterranean in which you work. Command of any further languages spoken in the Mediterranean region (particularly French, Spanish or Arabic), beyond English and the specialist language(s) if your ethnographic region, is also an advantage.

The salary for the position will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The salary is around EUR 3300–4000 per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The employment contract will include a probationary period of four months.

Applications must be accompanied by the following English-language documents: a full CV including a list of publications (with up to 10 of the most relevant for the application marked in bold); contact information for two referees; and a maximum two-page statement outlining how your expertise could contribute to this project, and how you think the project could contribute to your career plans. The documents should be submitted as a single pdf file.

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 September 30th 2016.

Further information about the position, and about the Crosslocations project, may be obtained from Professor Sarah Green, or +358 2941 23009. Please write the following in your subject field: “Crosslocations Postdoctoral Position”


More information and application here

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