University of Helsinki: Postdoctoral researcher (Deadline 29.05.17)

The University of Helsinki – among the best in the world. Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. The Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies ( belongs to the Faculty of Arts and has a strong profile in the multidisciplinary research and teaching of the humanities.


Department’s project Rationality in Perception: Transformations of Mind and Cognition 1250-1550 invites applications for the position of


for a fixed term from September 1st, 2017 to March 31st, 2020.

The project aims to investigate late medieval theories of mind and cognition focusing on the relation between intellect and the senses, the activity of perception, and the development of models of faculty psychology (a description of the project can be found here: Candidates are expected to conduct research on the above-mentioned research project, namely by doing research on late medieval theories of perception, especially within the Augustinian tradition. More precise research tasks will be decided together with the project’s PI and always subjected to his approval.

According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, the appointee must hold a doctoral degree and have the ability to conduct independent scientific work. Working knowledge of Latin and medieval philosophy are obligatory requirements. Skills in reading and experience in editing manuscripts will be considered an advantage. In addition to research, the successful applicant is also expected to take on some teaching duties that shall not represent more than 5 per cent of the annual working hours as well as contribute the activities of the research project (reading group, workshops, etc.). The person should have good social skills, and have a pro-active attitude toward his/her work.

According to the Government Decree on Universities, postdoctoral researchers are required to be proficient in Finnish or Swedish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in the other of these two languages. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application.

The salary will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of the Finnish universities. In addition, the appointees will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. There is a four-month trial period for the position.

For further information please contact Associate Professor Jose Filipe Pereira da Silva, project’s PI, +358 2941 21784,

Application should include (1) CV with a list of publications (2) a research plan connecting the applicant’s own research to the Rationality in Perception research project and the duties described on this announcement (max. 2 pages), (3) a copy of your PhD and (4) other documents relevant to the application.

Please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply link ( Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is May 29th 2017.

The decision will be communicated to the successful candidate by mid-June. The starting date can be negotiated.

Apply at latest 29.05.2017

Apply at latest 29.05.2017


Monday, May 29, 2017