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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

2 Tenure track positions in Social Psychology

14.04.2020, by Tina Keil

Tampere University, Finland
Application deadline: May 20th, 2020

Logo: Tampere Univeristy
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We are inviting applications in the Faculty of Social Sciences for position of:

  • Assistant professor or Associate professor (tenure track levels 1-2)
  • Associate professor or Professor (tenure track levels 2-3)

The positions are located in the degree programme of Social Sciences.

The Unit of Social Research is the largest unit in the Faculty of Social Sciences (SOC). Its key research themes are the transformation of social governance, social and societal processes and risks, and the challenges of well-being and sustainable development. The unit hosts six subjects: social psychology, sociology, social policy, youth research, social anthropology and gender studies. The Unit of Social Research also has four research centers: the Working Life Research Center (WRC), the Research Center for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation (TaSTI), the Childhood, Youth and Family Research Center (PERLA) and the Peace and Conflict Research Center (TAPRI).

The Unit of Social Research offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral level education. The unit has a joint, comprehensive bachelor's program in social studies. Master's degree education is given in fields of study corresponding to the subjects. In addition to these, the master's program is implemented in five international programs: Comparative Social Policy and Welfare, Gender Studies, Global and Transnational Sociology, Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, and Public Choice. Doctoral education takes place within the doctoral program in social research, including: gender studies, peace and conflict research, social anthropology, social policy, social psychology, sociology, social work, and youth research.

Teaching and research overlap at all levels of education: teaching is research-based, and teachers also act as researchers. The unit is a valued and attractive workplace with excellent spirit among researchers in its field.

In social psychology, key research topics include social interaction, self and identity, group dynamics, and the relationships between the individual, communities, and society. Social psychological research in Tampere university explores these phenomena in different contexts, such as social media, digital healthcare, and everyday and working-life communities. The teaching of social psychology is carried out together with other study fields of social research, using both traditional and e-learning methods.

Job description

We are seeking a highly motivated and accomplished academic who will

  • pursue and lead high-quality and diverse scientific research in the area of social psychology
  • develop the field of social psychology as a whole and follow scientific development on their own field
  • actively seek research funding and other external funding
  • contribute to social impact and international networking and collaboration
  • give research-based teaching and contribute to curriculum development and student supervision at the levels of the degree programme and doctoral programme
  • contribute to planning and administrative tasks of the degree programme and doctoral programme

Requirements

Assistant Professor

  • applicable doctoral degree
  • ability to undertake independent scholarly activity and potential to pursue scholarly activity at a high
  • international level of excellence
  • teaching skills required to successfully perform the duties and functions of the position.
  • In addition, track record of post-doctoral international publications will be considered an advantage.

Associate Professor

  • applicable doctoral degree
  • track record of independent scholarly activity
  • teaching skills required to successfully perform the duties and functions of the position
  • ability to lead a research group and acquire external funding
  • track record of international scholarly activity

Professor

  • applicable doctoral degree
  • high-level scholarly expertise
  • experience of leading scientific research
  • ability to provide high-quality research-based education and instruction
  • track record of winning external research funding
  • track record of international scholarly activity
  • In addition, track record of international peer-reviewed publications, international research collaboration and successfully finished projects will be considered an advantage.

The posts require fluency in English.

Concerning all of the positions, the following will be considered an advantage:

  • track record and experience of collaboration in multidisciplinary environment
  • pedagogical studies, merits and experience
  • merits in doctoral education
  • national and international positions of responsibility
  • social impact
  • proficiency in the Finnish language or motivation to become proficient in Finnish
  • commucation and collaboration skills required to successful performance
  • suitability to Tampere University´s, the faculty´s and unit´s strategy and experience of leading scientific
  • research or activity in research group according to career stage.

We offer

Initial appointment as assistant or associate professor is for five years and, subject to successful performance you will become a tenured member of faculty at the end of the first five-year period. You will be supported throughout the five-year period to ease transition to a permanent faculty position. A trial period of six months applies to all our new employees.

Salaries are based on the job demands and employees’ personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. The minimum starting salary of an assistant professor will range between 3970-4450 EUR/month, of an associate professor between 4577-5130 EUR/month and of an professor between 5535-6200 EUR/month. Higher salaries may be agreed dependent upon experience and/or performance.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Please read more about working at Tampere University.

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system (link below). The closing date for applications is Wed 20th May 2020 (at 23.59 EEST, GMT+3 / 20.59 UTC).

Please write your application and all accompanying documents in English and attach them in PDF format. Applications should include the following documents:

Curriculum Vitae according to TENK guidelines

  • List of publications according to Academy of Finland guidelines. Please indicate 10 most important publications for this position and a hyperlink to the publications or a PDF if the publication is not available online
  • Teaching portfolio (3-5 pages) including a separate section detailing experience in teaching Social psychology according to Tampere University guidelines
  • A vision paper (1-2 pages) that describes how research in the field of Social psychology should be further developed in the multidisciplinary environment of Tampere University
  • Description of research activity (up to 5 pages) including vision about your future research

For more information, please contact:
Professor Atte Oksanen, atte.oksanen@tuni.fi or
Professor Johanna Ruusuvuori, johanna.ruusuvuori@tuni.fi.

For questions about the application process, please contact HR partner Hanna Karti, hanna.karti@tuni.fi