PhD Candidate at University of Helsinki

Outstanding international students are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in humanities at University of Helsinki. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for 4 years in Finland. Applicants should apply before July 31, 2019.

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The Faculty of Arts ( of the University of Helsinki is Finland's oldest institution for teaching and research in the humanities and the largest in terms of the structure and range of disciplines. It is also a significant international community fostering research, education and cultural interaction. The Centre of Excellence in "Ancient Near Eastern Empires" (ANEE) ( at the University of Helsinki will run from 2018-2025 and is directed by Prof. Saana Svrd. ANEE asks: How do changing imperial dynamics impact social group identities and lifeways over a millennium? ANEE covers the Neo-Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian, Persian, Hellenistic, and early Roman / Parthian Empires. ANEE engages with methodologically varied yet integrated research on the long-term processes by which social group identities and lifeways were negotiated. University of Helsinki (Faculty of Arts) invites applications for the position of

to ANEE for a fixed term of up to 4 years, starting on January 1st 2020 at the latest or September 2019 at the earliest. The proposed PhD research of the applicant must be based on primary sources from the first millennium Mesopotamia. Therefore, the applicant should be able to read Akkadian texts (especially Neo-Assyrian/Neo-Babylonian/Late Babylonian). The topic and method of the proposed PhD research should align with 1) the research questions of the Centre of Excellence ANEE in general and 2) with the goals of one or more of its teams and workpackages in it (see The applicant should make it clear in the application how the proposed work relates to ANEE, its teams and its workpackages. The main supervisor for the work will be Prof. Svrd. Other supervisors can be named and will support the work as applicable.

The duties of a doctoral candidate are to work on his or her own doctoral thesis and to complete his or her doctoral studies. Teaching tasks can account for up to 5 % of the annual working time. The appointee must either have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment, or apply for the right and obtain it within the six months probationary period. If the candidate selected for the position does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, it must be applied for separately in September 2019. (…)

The applicants must hold a master's degree in a relevant field and have the ability to conduct independent scientific research. The candidate should have excellent analytical and methodological skills, and be able to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary scientific community. As ANEE is deeply multidisciplinary, competence in more than one field and/or proof of successful scientific collaboration will be considered an advantage. The successful candidates are expected to have excellent skills in written and oral English. Relocation costs can be negotiated and ANEE's coordinator will offer help and information for the practicalities, if needed. The University of Helsinki offers a salary dependent on qualifications and work experience. The salary will be based on levels 2-4 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee shall be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary will be EUR 2236-3092 per month, depending on the appointee's qualifications and work experience. The appointment starts with a probationary period of six months.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following English-language documents as one pdf file: (1) CV including a possible list of publications (max. 3 pages)

(2) Contact information for two referees (3) A research statement (max. 2000 words) consisting of i) a brief description of previous experience, such as cuneiform language skills and/or MA thesis ii) a proposal for the PhD project that the applicant wants to conduct in ANEE (including a suggested timetable for the project) iii) a brief description of how the proposed work relates to ANEE, its teams and its workpackages Please name the pdf file with your last name and the initial(s) of your first name(s). Please submit your application, together with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to send their application via the SAP HR portal. Deadline for applications is 31st of July, 2019. Further information on the position may be obtained from the director of the Centre, Saana Svrd (saana.svard(@) For information on the University of Helsinki as an employer please see If you need assistance with the recruitment portal, please contact recruitment(@)
Deadline: July 31, 2019
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