STUE / Assistant or Associate Professor in Social Policy / Tenure track -tutkija tai -professori, sosiaalipolitiikka

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We are looking for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Social Policy. The position is in the degree programme of Social Sciences, in addition to being affiliated with STUE research profiling area.

The Unit of Social Research is the largest unit in the Faculty of Social Sciences (SOC). Its key research themes are the transformation of social governance, social and societal processes and risks, and the challenges of well-being and sustainable development. The unit hosts six subjects: social psychology, sociology, social policy, youth research, social anthropology and gender studies. 

The Unit of Social Research offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral level education. The unit has a joint, comprehensive bachelor's program in social studies. Master's degree education is given in fields of study corresponding to the subjects. In addition to these, the master's programme is implemented in five international programs: Comparative Social Policy and Welfare, Gender Studies, Global and Transnational Sociology, Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, and Public Policy Analysis. The unit also participates in the international bachelor’s programme on Sustainable Urban Development. Doctoral education takes place within the doctoral program in social research, including: gender studies, peace and conflict research, social anthropology, social policy, social psychology, sociology, social work, and youth research.

Teaching and research overlap at all levels of education: teaching is research-based, and teachers also act as researchers.

Social Policy discipline has research traditions on welfare state and social policy institutions, social inequalities and social problems, urban policies and sustainable development issues, service system and care, transformation in working life and labour market. The teaching of social policy uses both traditional and e-learning methods.

Job description

The appointee will conduct social policy research within the profiling area of Sustainable Transformation of Urban Environments (STUE). STUE research addresses the global challenge of proactively advancing sustainable transformation of urban environments. STUE develops innovative approaches to research policies, well-being and urban planning to transform cities into sustainable living environments. It also aims to support societies to achieve carbon neutral targets, adapt to global ecological limits, and to meet demographic and other social challenges in cities. More information:

We are seeking a highly motivated and accomplished academic who will

  • pursue and lead high-quality scientific research in social policy contributing to the STUE research area on inclusive communities and practice-based politics OR urban environments for health and well-being
  • develop the field of social policy and STUE profiling area
  • actively seek research funding and other external funding
  • contribute to social impact building up the STUE community as well as international networking and collaboration
  • give research-based teaching and contribute to curriculum development and student supervision at the levels of the degree programme and doctoral programme
  • contribute to planning and administrative tasks of the degree programme and doctoral programme.


Assistant Professor

  • applicable doctoral degree
  • ability to undertake independent scholarly activity and potential to pursue scholarly activity at a high international level of excellence
  • teaching skills required to successfully perform the duties and functions of the position.

In addition, a track record of post-doctoral international publications will be considered an advantage.

Associate Professor

  • applicable doctoral degree
  • track record of independent scholarly activity
  • teaching skills required to successfully perform the duties and functions of the position
  • ability to lead a research group and acquire external funding
  • track record of international scholarly activity.

In addition, a track record of international peer-reviewed publications, international research collaboration and successfully finished projects will be considered an advantage.

For both levels

The post requires fluency in English. 

The following will be considered as additional advantages:

  • track record and experience of collaboration in multidisciplinary environment
  • pedagogical studies, merits and experience
  • good command of different research methods
  • merits in supervision of BA, MA and PhD students
  • national and international positions of responsibility
  • dissemination of research results outside the scientific community
  • proficiency in the Finnish language or motivation to become proficient in Finnish
  • communication and collaboration skills required to successful performance
  • suitability of applicant´s research to Tampere University´s strategy and experience of leading scientific research or working in research groups according to career stage.

We offer

Initial appointment as assistant or associate professor is for five years and, subject to successful performance you will become a tenured member of faculty at the end of the first five-year period. You will be supported throughout the five-year period to ease transition to a permanent faculty position. A trial period of six months applies to all our new employees.

Salaries are based on the job demands and employees’ personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. The minimum starting salary of an assistant professor will range between approx. 3980-4500 EUR/month and of an associate professor between approx. 4590-5190 EUR/month. Higher salaries may be agreed dependent upon experience and/or performance.

 We offer you the opportunity to join our dynamic and innovative international community. As a member of staff at Tampere University, you will enjoy a range of competitive benefits, such as a flexible work schedule, good facilities for teleworking, a variety of affordable food and drink outlets across our campuses and a personal fund to spend on sports and cultural activities in your free time. Please read more about working at Tampere University.      

You can also find more information about us and working and living Tampere by watching our video: Tampere Higher Education Community - our academic playground    

Tampere, located between two big lakes, is Finland’s second largest city area and the biggest inland city in the Nordic countries. The nature is close everywhere you turn your head in Tampere. This, combined with a strong industrial tradition, make Tampere a unique environment for living and working. At present the region hosts a great deal of industry and service businesses, and the City of Tampere is a major hub for the Finnish ICT industry. For more information about Tampere, please see VisitTampere and BusinessTampere.   

Finland provides one of the most advanced and comprehensive social security in the world, including, for example, sickness benefits, various family benefits and a comprehensive healthcare system. For more information about Finland, please visit InfoFinland and This is Finland.   

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system (link below). The closing date for applications is June 21, 2021 at 23.59 EEST (GMT+3).

Please write your application and all accompanying documents in English and attach them in PDF format. Applications should include the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae according to TENK guidelines
  • List of publications according to Academy of Finland guidelines. Please indicate 10 most important publications for this position and a hyperlink to the publications or a PDF if the publication is not available online
  • Teaching portfolio (3-5 pages) including a separate section detailing experience in teaching social policy according to Tampere University guidelines. Please see further instructions here.
  • A vision paper (1-2 pages) that describes how research in the field of social policy should be further developed in the multidisciplinary environment of Tampere University
  • Description of research activity (up to 5 pages) including vision about your future research.

For more information about the position, please contact Dean Juho Saari,

For questions regarding the application process, please contact HR Specialist Piia Saarenpää-Oja at


Tampereen yliopisto ja Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu muodostavat yhdessä Suomen toiseksi suurimman monitieteisen, innostavan ja vaikuttavan tutkimus- ja oppimisyhteisön. Korkeakouluyhteisömme osaamiskärjet ovat tekniikka, terveys ja yhteiskunta. Lue lisää:

Tampereen yliopiston yhteiskuntatieteiden tiedekunnassa on haettavana sosiaalipolitiikan tenure track-tutkijan tai tenure track-professorin tehtävä (tenure track tasot 1-2). Tehtävä sijoittuu yhteiskuntatutkimuksen yksikköön, ja sillä on vahva kytkös omaan STUE-profiilialaan.

Yhteiskuntatutkimuksen yksikkö on Yhteiskuntatieteiden tiedekunnan (SOC) suurin yksikkö. Sen keskeisiä tutkimusteemoja ovat yhteiskunnallisen hallinnan murros, sosiaaliset ja yhteiskunnalliset prosessit ja riskit sekä hyvinvoinnin haasteet ja kestävä kehitys. Yksikössä on kuusi oppiainetta: sosiaalipsykologia, sosiologia, sosiaalipolitiikka, nuorisotutkimus, sosiaaliantropologia ja sukupuolentutkimus. Yhteiskuntatutkimuksen yksikössä toimii myös neljä tutkimuskeskusta: Työelämän tutkimuskeskus (WRC), Tiedon, tieteen, teknologian ja innovaatioiden tutkimuskeskus (TaSTI), Lapsuuden, nuoruuden ja perheen tutkimuskeskus (PERLA) sekä Rauhan- ja konfliktintutkimuskeskus (TAPRI).

Sosiaalipolitiikassa keskeisiä tutkimuskohteita ovat sosiaalipoliittiset järjestelmät ja hyvinvointierot. Tampereen yliopiston sosiaalipolitiikan oppiaineessa tutkitaan mm. sosiaalipolitiikan instituutioita, yhteiskunnallista eriarvoisuutta ja sosiaalisia ongelmia, kaupungistumisen ja kestävän kehityksen kysymyksiä, palvelujärjestelmää ja hoivaa sekä työelämän ja -markkinoiden muutosta. Perinteisten opetusmuotojen lisäksi e-oppimisympäristöt ovat sosiaalipolitiikan opetuksessa aktiivisessa käytössä. Tampereen yliopistossa sosiaalipolitiikan opetusta toteutetaan yhdessä muiden yhteiskuntatutkimuksen opintosuuntien kanssa.

Tehtävänkuvaus ja hakuohjeet

Lue tarkemmat tiedot tehtävästä ja hakuohjeet yllä olevasta englanninkielisestä ilmoituksesta. Jätä hakemuksesi yliopiston sähköisellä hakulomakkeella (linkki löytyy tämän ilmoituksen alta).

Hakuaika tehtävään päättyy 21.6.2021 klo 23.59.

Application period starts: 2021-05-20 10:00Application period ends: 2021-06-21 23:59