University lecturer, Sociology, Especially Social and Cultural Contexts of Education

Oulu, Finland
Feb 20, 2018
Mar 16, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 16 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests and modern research and study environment and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes.
Job Description and Location
The post is located in the the research unit Values, ideologies and social contexts of education ( ). Within the full-time working hours (1624 hours per annum) and an annually confirmed working plan, the lecturer shall teach the faculty's intermediate and advanced level courses and supervise theses.

The most important duties in the position

The lecturer shall teach basic and intermediate courses of sociology and supervise master and doctoral theses. Together with the professor in Sociology, the lecturer is expected to develop education of sociology. The lecturer is expected to carry out research, apply for external research funding and publish frequently in peer reviewed publications and participate in the regular administration tasks related to the post. The research carried out by the lecturer is expected to focus on some of the main fields of sociology, especially social and cultural contexts of education such as equality in education and/or educational policy, social stratification, gender, racism and race system and age system.

Required Qualifications and Language Skills

An applicant to be appointed as the lecturer shall have a relevant doctoral degree, and experience of teaching, supervision of theses and administration, national and international networks and collaboration in the field of research that she or he represents. When assessing the applicant's merits, issues taken into consideration include academic publications, teaching experience and pedagogical training, other merits achieved in the teaching profession and supervising theses. In addition, experiences in applying external funding and international activities will be taken into account. The language of instruction in the University of Oulu is Finnish, and the degrees are awarded in Finnish. Teaching may also be given in English. Language skills must be stated clearly in the CV. A good command of Finnish language is an advantage and a non-Finnish speaker is encouraged to learn the language. If seen necessary, the applicants' language skills will be tested in the interviews. The applicant should master the use of ordinary textprocessing, qualitative and quantitative data analysis softwares.


Salary will be set at level 5 or 6 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component). The salary is in practice roughly 3498 -4282€ per month, depending on the appointee's qualification and performance.

The position is scheduled to be filled as of August 1, 2018, or as agreed, and it is subject to a four monthstrial period.

Application Procedure

Apply online latest on 15.03.2018

The following appendices shall be included with the application:

1) A brief curriculum vitae written in English (max. 4 pages)

2) Teaching merits that are significant for the position should be presented in English in the form of a teaching portfolio which is expected to follow the outline given in appendix 1. (max4 pages)

3) A list of publications classified as follows: (1) articles in international peer-reviewed journals, (2) articles in international peer-reviewed volumes of scientific significance and articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings, (3) articles in domestic peer-reviewed journals, (4) articles in domestic peer-reviewed volumes of scientific significance and articles in domestic peer-reviewed conference proceedings, (5) scientific monographs, (6) other scientific publications, e.g., articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings with no peer-review process, and in university or department publications. Copies (in electronic form if possible) of six (6) most relevant publications.

4) A brief research plan in English (max 2 pages).

The recruitment committee will interview the applicants that they consider best and makes arrangements for demonstration lectures if they will be deemed necessary.

Contact Information

For further information regarding this post, please contact the Faculty of Education at the University of Oulu as follows:

Vesa Puuronen, Professor, sosiology

Head of the research unit

University of Oulu, Faculty of Education

PO Box 2000, 90014 University of Oulu

vesa.puuronen(at) ,

tel. +358 50 320 34 34

Kimmo Spets,


k immo.spets(at)

tel. +358 294 483819



According to the policy approved by the University of Oulu, the teaching skills referred to in the Appointments Decree (Decree on the Appointment of Professors at Universities 1581/91; Amendment 462/98) are assessed according to the outline below:

1. Teaching philosophy and characterisation of yourself as a teacher

- thinking underlying your teaching, the personal background idea of your teaching: how is this to be seen in your work as a teacher? Description of yourself as a teacher and worker in the teaching profession

2. Practical experience gained in the teaching profession, how you develop your teaching

3. Production and use of learning materials

4. Maintenance of your teaching skills

5. Feedback received on your teaching (student and peer assessments, awards and approved teaching demonstrations)

6. Vision of the development of your work as a teacher

- provide a brief plan for the development of your teaching and work as a teacher in the near future, e.g. in relation to the department's curriculum
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