3-6 Senior Researchers, INVEST

University of Turku


October 20, 2021


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.


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 31.12.2025.

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.

    Working in Finland

    The university offers good support and orientation for international recruits. Please learn more about the culture and people:

  • Working culture
  • This is Finland
  • Applications

    The application should include:

  • a research plan describing researcher's own four-year research project (max 5 pages),
  • an academic portfolio,
  • a CV,
  • 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, jani.erola@utu.fi. Any inquiries about the recruitment process or the e-recruitment system will be answered by HR Specialist Marja Andersson, +358 29 450 4756, marja.andersson@utu.fi.

    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 the job).

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