2 PhD Positions at Department of Law, Helsinki, Finland

Deadline: 30 March 2012
Open to: Holders of a second-cycle degree in law and have an approved research proposal
Salary: Between EUR 1 716,53€ and 3 451,58€ per month


Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki is the leading Finnish provider of education in law. The instruction offered by the faculty is based on topical research of the highest standards. The Faculty of Law interacts closely with the other departments of the university and the rest of society in producing versatile educational and expert services.
The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights (ECI) was established in 1998 within the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki to promote research and study on human rights and new approaches to public international law.
Academy Professor Martti Koskenniemi, director of ECI is looking for new participants in the research project Intellectual History of International Law funded by the Academy of Finland.

For this purpose, the Faculty of Law invites applications for 2 DOCTORAL STUDENT POSITIONS for a fixed term from 1 September 2012 to 31 December 2014 (or upon agreement).
The postdoctoral researchers are situated in the two streams of the project on the Intellectual History of International Law, namely (1) International Law and Empire and (2) International Law and Religion. They are expected to carry out research under those two topics as well as to lead the respective working groups and publication ventures. The duties of the postdoctoral researchers also include participation in the supervision of theses in their field and teaching related to their specialisation. Teaching duties account for no more than approximately 5% of the appointees’ working hours. The positions are located at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki.


The salary will be based on levels 1- 4 of the demands level chart 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 salary range will be between EUR 1 716,53€ and 3 451,58€ per month depending on the qualifications and previous experience of the appointee. The appointment will initially be for a trial period of four months. All standard pension benefits and occupational health care are provided for university employees.


An appointee to the position of Doctoral Student shall hold a second-cycle degree and have an approved research proposal. Other requirements shall include the ability and motivation, as demonstrated in previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. An appointee to a position at the University shall hold the kind of education, experience and language proficiency necessary to successfully complete the duties of the position. When filling a teaching and research position, foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from the Finnish and Swedish language requirement of the Government Decree on Universities without a separate application.

Additional requirements:
– Background in and excellent knowledge of international law
– Willingness to work as part of a research project
– Excellent English language skills

How to apply?

In order to apply successfully, letters of application must include the following documents:
1) Curriculum vitae (CV);
2) Research plan (max. 5 pages);
4) List of publications;
5) Optional attachment.
The applicant may wish to include one optional attachment, such as the statement by the applicant’s academic supervisor or the applicant’s academic portfolio.
6) Letter(s) of Reference.
Letters of application must be addressed to Professor Martti Koskenniemi and submitted with attachments to the following address (one copy of each):

Executive Director Sanna Villikka
Erik Castrén Institute
P.O. Box 4 (Yliopistonkatu 3)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

The application deadline is 30 March 2012 at 15.45 local Helsinki time. To download the information kit, please click here.


Further information may be obtained from Executive Director Sanna Villikka, +358 9 19123140. Email: intlaw-institute@helsinki.fi.

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