3-6 Senior Researchers, INVEST
The University of Turku is a world-class multidisciplinary research university
which offers interesting challenges and a unique vantage point to national and
international research and education.
THE FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF TURKU INVITES APPLICATIONS
3-6 positions of Senior Researcher (recent postdocs or equivalent) to the
INVEST Research Flagship Center for a fixed term from 1.1.2022 to
The research flagship Inequalities, Interventions, and New Welfare State
(INVEST) aims at providing a new model for the welfare states that is more
equal, better targeted to problem groups, more anticipatory as well as
economically and socially sustainable. The existing research indicates that
the Nordic welfare states are efficient in reducing the negative outcomes that
are related to many of the structural family disadvantages, such as parental
low education, unemployment or poverty. Despite this, children and youth are
still particularly vulnerable when negative life course events take place
unexpectedly or when many disadvantages accumulate to the same families. The
growth environments can strengthen these negative effects.
The flagship has been funded by the Academy of Finland and is implemented in
cooperation with the University of Turku and the Institute of Health and
Welfare (THL). The multidisciplinary project combines sociology, social
policy, demography, psychology and psychiatry, in addition to the other
connected fields of sciences.
The Senior Researchers are expected to conduct sociological research in one or
more of the following topics:
Socioeconomic differences and wellbeing
Intergenerational and within-family influences
Social relationships and networks
Demography and life-course
Skills and learning
Health and biology
The persons chosen to the positions are expected to work on their own research
projects related to the above listed topics (around half of the working
time), participate to the research conducted according to the research plans
of the flagship and its affiliated projects (see
https: // invest.utu.fi/projects/) and apply further external funding to their
research. The positions include a small proportion of teaching responsibility
(5% of the working time at the maximum) in the PhD and Master's programmes
of the flagship (DPInvest and MPInvest). The positions include possibilities
to work as a visiting researcher in collaborating universities abroad.
The persons chosen for the positions are expected to have:
a PhD in sociology, demography or in a field related to the topic (or expected to acquire such a degree within six months),
strong skills in quantitative methods and experience on using register, panel, survey or comparative datasets,
the ability to conduct independent scholarly work and publish research on the topics related to the project.
The eligibility criteria for the positions are defined in the rules of
procedure of the University of Turku (Section 38).
The persons chosen for the positions are expected to begin in their employment
in January 2022 at the earliest and in April 2022 at the latest. Contracts
will last for four years, with an option for an extension.
There will be a trial period of six months.
The salary is determined by the collective agreement system of Finnish
universities. The position belongs to the category of teaching and research
personnel. The pre-estimated salary will be 2850-3000 eur/month for a person
holding a MSc degree, and in average 3300-4000 eur/month for a person holding
PhD degree. The exact salary will depend on the person's competence and
research experience and will be specified when the employment contract is
prepared. Progress in the researcher's personal performance will be taken into
account when determining the salary during employment.
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The application should include:
a research plan describing researcher's own four-year research project (max 5 pages),
an academic portfolio,
a list of publications,
a copy of the PhD thesis (or if not yet defended, the manuscript and a statement from the supervisor on the expected date of defending the thesis) and
two writing samples (articles or manuscripts) on topics related to the topic areas of the flagship.
The appendices should follow the guidelines of the faculty. The electronic
database allows the applicant to submit only one application file to each
application section. Information on the file forms to be used can be found in
the additional information on each application. Please note that the database
only allows the publications to be submitted in a packaged form (.zip). One
.zip-file may include several individual files.
Further details are available upon request from Professor Jani Erola, +358 29
450 2157, email@example.com. Any inquiries about the recruitment process or
the e-recruitment system will be answered by HR Specialist Marja Andersson,
+358 29 450 4756, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be submitted by Monday the 18th of October, 2021
(23:59 GMT+02:00 Helsinki) using the electronic application form of the
University of Turku on the following address:
https: // www. utu.fi/en/university/come-work-with-us/open-vacancies. The link to
the application system is at the beginning of this announcement (Apply for
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