University of Helsinki -- University Lecturer in Ukrainian and Russian Languages

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for the position of


University Lecturer in Ukrainian and Russian Languages


to be filled on a permanent basis starting on August 1, 2023 or as agreed.

The University Lecturer is responsible for the teaching of Ukrainian. The work also includes teaching Russian language and linguistic courses in the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in Languages. The university lecturer is also required to conduct independent research in the field of Ukrainian and/or Russian language. The position also includes administrative tasks related to teaching and the university community in general.


Requirements for the position and assessment of qualifications
The appointee to the position must hold an applicable doctoral degree, to have the ability to provide research-based teaching of high quality and to supervise theses as well as ability to collaborate and plan.

The appointee to the position must have excellent knowledge of the Ukrainian and Russian languages. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, excellent knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of other Slavic languages and languages of the Department of Languages are considered as a merit. The appointee is required to be able to teach in Ukrainian and Russian as well as in Finnish or English.


Pursuant to the Government Decree on Universities (770/2009), appointees to teaching and research positions at the University must be proficient in the language in which they provide instruction. In addition, Finnish language skills is required in order to participate in the university community’s activities. If the appointee does not speak Finnish, it is expected that the appointee will acquire sufficient knowledge of Finnish within a reasonable period of time. Support for language studies is offered. Further information about language skills and their demonstration can be found on our website.

When assessing applicants’ qualifications, attention will be paid to both scholarly and teaching merits. Scholarly qualifications include scholarly publications and other research results of scholarly value. Teaching qualifications include teaching experience and pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning materials, other teaching merits and, if necessary, a teaching demonstration.


What we offer
The salary for the position will be based on levels 5-6(-7) of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The gross annual salary is ca. €42,000–€56,000, depending on previous qualifications and experience. There will be a six-month trial period for the position.

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. Further information about staff benefits is available on our webiste.


How to apply
The application must be accompanied by the following documents in one PDF format:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A report (max. 5 pages) on pedagogical expertise or alternatively, an academic portfolio containing equivalent information
  • A report (1-2 pages) on the applicant’s research activities including the acquisition of research funding or alternatively, an academic portfolio containing equivalent information
  • A list of publications.  

Further information is available on our webiste. Other attachments, including letters of recommendation or certificates, are not required at this point.

External applicants, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply Now button. Applicants who have a username and a valid employment contract, a grant researcher's contract or a visiting researcher's contract at the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by using the Employee login.


The deadline for applications is 17.4.2023 (at 23.59 EET)


The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants of all genders, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds.


Further information
Further information about the position can be obtained from Head of Department Johanna Viimaranta (Johanna.viimaranta(at)
For information on the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist Hector Nystedt (hr-humtdk(at)


You can read more about working at the university on our website.


The Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki is the oldest and the largest humanities teaching and research unit in Finland in terms of its disciplinary structure and range of subjects. It is also a major international research, education and cultural community. The Faculty of Arts studies and teaches languages and literature spoken in Europe and the rest of the world, in total almost 40 languages. It also develops general theories of linguistics, translation and literary studies.