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Assistant / Associate Professor, Public Law

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    University of Vaasa
    Juridical sciencesPublic law
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    17/11/2019 23:00 - Europe/Athens
    Finland › Vaasa


At the University of Vaasa, we think out of the box in order to build a sustainable future. We are a university that invests in the quality of research and teaching and tackles the challenges of our time. We educate responsible and internationally-minded leaders and experts. We are well known for our high-quality education and inspirational teachers. We are seeking tomorrow's solutions in our focus areas of management and change, energy and sustainable development, and finance and economic decision-making. Faculty-specific research is complemented by our phenomenon-based research platforms.

The School of Management is now inviting applications for an Assistant / Associate Professor in Public Law for a fixed term of 5 years. The start date can be negotiated. The position will be filled at either Assistant or Associate Professor level, depending on the applicant's merits. The employment is subject to a probationary period of 6 months.

Your role:

The position is located within the School of Management in connection to the Public Policy and Organisations Research Group. The teaching duties are connected to the Degree Programmes in Administrative Sciences, more specifically Public Law, and the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences.

As Assistant Professor your tasks include independent academic research, teaching duties as well as administrative tasks. You may supervise thesis at bachelor’s and master’s level. The task also includes input into the development of education and teaching in Administrative Sciences. As a part of the research group you will also participate in the acquisition of external funding as well as take part in national and international collaboration.

As Associate Professor your tasks include independent academic research and an appropriate degree of organizational responsibility within research. Your are expected to participate extensively in teaching and supervision within your own field of expertise. Your are also expected to participate in the planning of research and development projects, acquirement of research funding as well as advancing of national and international collaboration. If selected, you will assume overall responsibility for your own research activities, university administration as well as teaching and supervision within your area of expertise.

The annual working time for both the Assistant and Associate Professor is 1624 hours. The tasks are agreed in more detail in the Annual Work Plan.

Inspirational work environment:

The core competence areas of Administrative Sciences at the University of Vaasa are systems for public administration and services, management and regulation of these systems, regional development and advancing different activities of society. The research on public law at the University of Vaasa focuses in particular on constitutional law and administrative law, including its special fields, such as welfare law and financial administrative law. The research focus of the position can also be on other branches of law connected to public law, for instance labour law or European law. In addition to traditional legal-dogmatic approach, we appreciate a versatile methodical expertise, such as command of comparative law or empirical research in law.

The core contents of studies on public law are centred around the law guiding the exercise of official authority and fulfilment of public tasks. Also the regulation on the use of public funds is in focus. Good governance and fundamental and human rights are the cornerstones of our teaching.

The 5,000 students and 500 employees of the University of Vaasa thrive on the most beautiful campus in Finland, at the seaside. Our university community is international: we come from 80 countries. As an employer, we focus on employee well-being at work by providing opportunities for competence development, flexible working time arrangements and extensive occupational health care. Our vibrant campus enables networking as part of a close-knit work community. We have been awarded the HR Excellence in Research recognition for an excellent employer. More about us: www.univaasa.fi/en/

Your experience:

The position requires a doctoral degree in Social Sciences or other relevant field, the ability to conduct independent scientific work and deliver high-quality teaching. A proven track record in international scientific publishing is especially valued.

In addition, the position of Associate Professor requires solid research experience, the ability to lead a research team and acquire external research funding, as well as manage research projects and budgets. Researcher mobility and active participation in international scientific research networks are also looked upon favorably.

The administrative language of the University of Vaasa is Finnish. The teaching languages are Finnish and English. In this particular position, teaching is mainly in Finnish. If the candidate is not a Finnish citizen or a Finnish citizen who is not a native speaker, or has not been educated in Finnish, they may be granted an exemption from the language proficiency requirement without separate application. The candidate is, however, expected to acquire the necessary Finnish language skills in accordance with the language policy of the University of Vaasa. The employer supports language studies. Strong English language skills are a prerequisite to succeed in the position.


The salary is based on the University Salary System for Teaching and Research Staff. The salary for an Assistant Professor is based on demand levels 5-6 (2936–3423 €/month), and for an Associate Professor levels 6-7 (3423-3947 €/month). An additional personal salary component is paid based on work performance.

Ready to apply?

To apply for the position, please use our online application system at https://www.univaasa.fi/careers. The application including annexes has to be in our online application database by midnight (Finnish time, GMT +2) 17.11.2019. Please note! In order process your application, please ensure that you fill in the fields below thoroughly.

Further information:

  • Dean Adam Smale, tel. +358 29 449 8446,
  • Associate Professor Niina Mäntylä, tel. +358 29 449 8391
  • Vice-Director, Faculty and Management Services, Kaisu Piirainen, tel. +358 29 449 8428
  • E-mail: firstname.lastname(a)univaasa.fi
  • Inquiries about the online application system: careers(a)univaasa.fi

The coastal city of Vaasa is a trendy and international centre of culture, education and tourism in Western Finland, with nearly 70,000 inhabitants. Vaasa is host to the Nordic countries' most significant centre of excellence in sustainable technology and energy solutions. Its leading exporters' and subcontractors' accumulated turnover of more than EUR 4 billion accounts for 30% of Finland's energy technology exports and employs 11,000 experts.

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