Doctoral Student 4-year position (2018–2022)

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Doctoral Student 4-year position (2018–2022), History, Faculty of Humanities

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 16 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests and modern research and study environment and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes. The following job is open in the University of Oulu: 

Doctoral Student in the project Northern Rural Youth in Flux (NorFlux) (the position is funded by the Eudaimonia Institute)  

The Faculty of Humanities of the University of Oulu announces an opening for a Doctoral Student in History. The position is located in the cross-disciplinary research project Northern Rural Youth in Flux (NorFlux) (http://www.oulu.fi/university/node/52313). The doctoral student will work as a member of the Northern Research Group for History of Childhood and Education (LAPANEN, http://www.oulu.fi/historia/node/50823), and collaborate with the broader research community Transformation and Social Innovation for Sustainable Arctic Communities (TransArct, http://www.oulu.fi/eudaimonia/node/50065) based at the Faculty of Humanities. 

Subject field and description  

The NorFlux project regenerates methodologies of history, youth studies, cultural studies, education and rural studies in order to identify important cultural and social shifts in the construction of Northern rural youth from late 19th century up until the present. Special focus is on the trajectories of rural young people in the past and in the present, as well as on future oriented social innovations aimed at young population in Northern and Arctic areas. The Doctoral Student is expected to work on his/her doctoral thesis, related to the overall theme of the NorFlux-project. 

Duties, eligibility and evaluation criteria 

The duties of the doctoral student include completing doctoral studies, taking part in the research group meetings, presenting his/her research at seminars and academic conferences, and other tasks. The researcher can also take part in teaching and supervision (max. 5% of working time). 

A Masters’ degree (e.g. MA) in a relevant field (e.g. history, cultural studies, education or social sciences) is required. The appointee must have the ability to conduct independent scientific research. He/She should have excellent analytical and methodological skills, and be able to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary scientific community. Experience in childhood and youth studies, as well as interest in Northern and Arctic research are considered advantages. Excellent command of written and spoken English is required. In the selection of the appointees emphasis will be placed on the relevance of the proposed research theme in relation to the wider Norflux-project. The top candidates will be interviewed (week 24–25). 

The appointee will have to obtain the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Oulu during the 6 months trial period (unless he/she has obtained this already by the time of appointment). 

Salary 

The salary will be based on the levels 2–4 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component). 

Application and enclosures 

Apply online latest on Thursday 31 May 2018 in the Saima-portal. Please include the following attachments in your application:

  1. A cover letter including the following information: a statement of the applicant’s motivation to work as a doctoral student in the NorFlux-project; a short biography explaining the applicant’s experience and knowledge of NorFlux’s research field (e.g. MA thesis theme, experience in research methods); contact information for two referees (e.g. supervisor of MA thesis).
  2. A short description of the applicant’s research interests for the PhD (max 2 pages).
  3. A brief curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) presented in the following format:
    1. Full name and date
    2. Date and place of birth, nationality, current residence
    3. Education and degrees awarded
    4. Other education and training, qualifications and skills (e.g. research methods, IT and software skills)
    5. Language skills and proficiency
    6. Current position
    7. Previous work experience
    8. Publications
    9. Other merits

The application may be submitted in Finnish or in English. Please, submit your application as one pdf file, and name the file with your last name and the initial(s) of your first name(s). 

The position is filled as of 1 September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. The duration of the contract is 4 years. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position. 

Further information 

Kaisa Vehkalahti
PI, Northern Rural Youth in Flux (NorFlux)
University Lecturer in Arctic and Northern History
The University of Oulu
Tel. +358-(0)50-3597292 / +358-(0)50–4911746
E-mail kaisa.vehkalahti(at)oulu.fi

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Last updated: 4.5.2018