University of Jyväskylä

Professorship in Ethnology / Faculty of Humanities, Department of History and Ethnology

UNIVERSITY OF JYVÄSKYLÄ  - Faculty of Humanities


Department of History and Ethnology

Professorship in Ethnology

The Professorship in Ethnology is located at the Department of History and Ethnology (Hela) within the Faculty of Humanities. Hela’s mission is to produce high-quality and valuable knowledge through research, as well as to train future global experts who will contribute to the knowledge of national and international phenomena, cultures, and cultural interactions in different periods.

The foundation of education in Hela is research-based teaching that provides each student with a broad-based core of basic research knowledge and skills. The major subjects in the department are ethnology, general history, Finnish history and economic history. Each of the four disciplines offers postgraduate studies. The department has around 500 master level students and 80 doctoral students.

Hela profiles itself to high quality research and publishing. Hela received an excellent review in an international research assessment conducted in the spring of 2011 (see: The department has ten departmental centers of research and is a partner in two Academy of Finland Centers of Excellence and in one Nordic Center of Excellence.

The number of academic staff is around 70 (2012). Department has 9 professors (2 in ethnology, 7 in history).

More information about the department can be found from: .

A professorship in Ethnology, based on a contract of employment to be filled as of August 1, 2013, in effect until further notice

According to § 33 of the Universities Act, the professor shall carry out and supervise scientific research or artistic work, provide instruction based on such work and follow  developments in science or art, as well as participate in societal interaction and international cooperation in his or her field.

According to § 67 of the University of Jyväskylä Regulations, members of the teaching and research staff are obliged, within their respective job descriptions and work plan, to conduct and supervise scientific research, follow the developments in their respective disciplines, examine theses and dissertations, teach and enhance teaching practices, provide study counseling, carry out relevant examinations, take part in the student selection process, as well as attend to tasks ensuing from memberships in the administrative bodies of the University and to other tasks counted as part of their work or assigned to them. In addition, they are to provide the necessary reports concerning their teaching and supervising activities, publications and scientific activity in general, and the examinations belonging to their sphere of responsibilities.

The research and teaching of the Ethnology professor will be situated within the focal areas and research centers of the department. The job profile emphasizes the broad-based use and application of ethnological fieldwork methods in teaching and research. For this reason, the applicant must demonstrate solid experience of fieldwork in the ethnological discipline.

The professor’s job profile is weighted toward active research, the organization and coordination of research projects, and participation in international research and teaching cooperation. In addition, supervision of PhD dissertations and Masters’ theses, as well as teaching of students at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral levels are also central to the job profile.

The duties of the professorship moreover include the development of research and teaching which cross-cut disciplines and programs within the department according to the strategic policies of the department and University of Jyväskylä, which require the active seeking of external funding. The professor’s duties also include participation in departmental administration.

In accordance with Section 57 of the University of Jyväskylä Regulations, a professor is required to have a doctoral degree, solid scientific competence, experience in leading research projects, ability to provide research-based teaching and supervising of high quality, as well as proven experience in international research cooperation in his/her field.  Practical familiarity in the sphere of duties is not required.

The call for applications is available on the Faculty webpage
and the appointment procedure on webpage
or freely ordered from the registry office of the University, by calling +358(0)408053473.

For additional information, please contact Dean Petri Karonen (mobile +358 (0) 400247388, email, or Director of the Department of History and Ethnology Jari Ojala (mobile +358 (0)400247387, email

The applicants are kindly asked to make their applications by using the electronic form on page .
Applications and their attachments for the post can also be addressed to the University of Jyväskylä and delivered to the University Registry Office, Seminaarinkatu 15, or mailed to the following address: University of Jyväskylä, P.O. Box 35, FIN 40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The closing date for the applications is 28 January 2013 at 16.15.

Applications will not be returned to the applicant.

For the detailed information of the application process, please, see the attachment below.


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