Postdoctoral and Senior Research Fellowships at Tampere Institute for Advanced Social Research

Postdoctoral research fellowships

The University of Tampere Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) invites applications for two (2) two-year fixed-term Category III RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS starting on 1 August 2018.

The IASR is an advanced study centre promoting excellent international and interdisciplinary research on society from versatile disciplinary backgrounds. It is part of the University of Tampere, which is in the process of merging with the Tampere University of Technology to form the new Tampere University in 2019. Research and teaching in the new university will focus on society, health, and technology, and the interfaces of these fields.

Fellows in Category III (Postdoctoral Fellow, tutkijatohtori) must have completed a doctoral degree in the year 2014 or after. The fellowships are meant for researchers who are currently working at the University of Tampere or for researchers who are interested in developing cooperation with researchers working at the University of Tampere. The former IASR Fellows can be appointed if at the beginning of their new research period five (5) years have passed since the end of the previous research period. The selection criteria to be used are the applicant’s academic merits demonstrated by their application documents with emphasis on internationality.

The appointed Fellows are expected to work and take part in joint activities at the premises of the University of Tampere and live in Finland during the research period. The Fellows are also expected to participate in the postgraduate education of their field (5% of total working hours).

The monthly salary of Category III Fellow (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) is 4,320euros.

The following documents must be appended to the application:

  • An English-language work plan, maximum 1,700 words, with the following structure:
    • Title
    • Abstract of no more than 70 words, followed by a word count of the work plan including the title, abstract and list of references
    • Background and rationale
    • Main hypothesis and/or research questions
    • Data and methods (especially in regard to how they support the study of the main hypothesis and/or research questions)
    • Current phase of the project and work planned to be done during the term of two years
    • Significance of the results
    • Cooperation at the University of Tampere and elsewhere
    • Publication plan
    • List of maximum of 10 references
  • An English-language CV, maximum length five (5) pages, compiled in accordance with a model curriculum vitae drafted by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (Tutkimuseettinen neuvottelukunta, TENK) or including the corresponding information
  • An full list of publications, prepared in accordance with the recommendation of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, which is used by the Academy of Finland or including the corresponding information. Applicants should clearly indicate (in bold) the ten most important publications in terms of the work plan.

All three (3) documents must be attached to the online application form in the above-mentioned order as one pdf file named LastnameFirstname(IASR).pdf (maximum size 5 Mb).

The Certificate of the Doctoral Degree must be presented before signing the employment contract.

Research fellowships

The University of Tampere Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) invites applications for two (2) two-year fixed-term Category II RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS starting on 1 August 2018.

The IASR is an advanced study centre promoting excellent international and interdisciplinary research on society from versatile disciplinary backgrounds. It is part of the University of Tampere, which is in the process of merging with the Tampere University of Technology to form the new Tampere University in 2019. Research and teaching in the new university will focus on society, health and technology and the interfaces of these fields.

Fellows in Category II (Senior Research Fellow, yliopistotutkija) must have completed a doctoral degree and conducted research actively after that. One of the two fellowships in Category II is a Kone Foundation Senior Fellowship. The applicant to be appointed to the post in question is expected to conduct his/her research on one or more societies in the Baltic Sea region from a transnational or comparative perspective. The area of the other fellowship is not limited in any way except that its holder’s work must fall in the field of social research.

The fellowships are meant for researchers who are currently working at the University of Tampere or for researchers who are interested in developing cooperation with researchers working at the University of Tampere. The former IASR Fellows can be appointed if at the beginning of their new research period five (5) years have passed since the end of the previous research period. The selection criteria to be used are the applicant’s academic merits demonstrated by their application documents with emphasis on internationality.

The appointed Fellows are expected to work and take part in joint activities at the premises of the University of Tampere and live in Finland during the research period. The Fellows are also expected to participate in the postgraduate education of their field (5% of total working hours).

The monthly salary of Category II Fellow (Senior Research Fellow) is 5,020 euros.

The following documents must be appended to the application:

  • An English-language work plan, maximum 1,700 words, with the following structure:
    • Title
    • Abstract of no more than 70 words, followed by a word count of the work plan, including the title, abstract and list of references
    • Background and rationale
    • Main hypothesis and/or research questions
    • Data and methods (especially in regard to how they support the study of the main hypothesis and/or research questions)
    • Current phase of the project and work planned to be done during the term of two years
    • Significance of the results
    • Cooperation at the University of Tampere and elsewhere
    • Publication plan
    • List of a maximum of 10 references
  • An English-language CV, maximum length five (5) pages, compiled in accordance with a model curriculum vitae drafted by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (Tutkimuseettinen neuvottelukunta, TENK) or including the corresponding information.
  • An full list of publications, prepared in accordance with the recommendation of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, which is used by the Academy of Finland, or including the corresponding information. Applicants should clearly indicate (in bold) the ten most important publications in terms of the work plan.

All three (3) documents must be attached to the online application form in the above-mentioned order as one pdf file named LastnameFirstname(IASR).pdf (maximum size 5 Mb).

The Certificate of the Doctoral Degree must be presented before signing the employment contract.

Professorial Research Fellowships

The University of Tampere Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) invites applications for two (2) one-year fixed-term Category I RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS starting on 1 August 2018.

The IASR is an advanced study centre promoting excellent international and interdisciplinary research on society from versatile disciplinary backgrounds. It is part of the University of Tampere, which is in the process of merging with the Tampere University of Technology to form the new Tampere University in 2019. Research and teaching in the new university will focus on society, health, and technology, and the interfaces of these fields.

Fellows in Category I (Professorial Research Fellow, tutkijaprofessori) must have completed a doctoral degree, held a full professorship and conducted research actively after that. The fellowships are meant for researchers who are currently working at the University of Tampere or for researchers who are interested in developing cooperation with researchers working at the University of Tampere. The former IASR Fellows can be appointed if at the beginning of their new research period five (5) years have passed since the end of the previous research period. The selection criteria to be used are the applicant’s academic merits demonstrated by their application documents with emphasis on internationality.

The appointed Fellows are expected to work and take part in joint activities at the premises of the University of Tampere and live in Finland during the research period. The Fellows are also expected to participate in the postgraduate education of their field (5% of total working hours).

The monthly salary of Category I Fellow (Professorial Research Fellow, tutkijaprofessori) is 6,750 euros.

The following documents must be appended to the application:

  • An English-language work plan maximum 1,700 words, with the following structure:
    • Title
    • Abstract of no more than 70 words, followed by a word count of the work plan, including the title, abstract and list of references
    • Background and rationale
    • Main hypothesis and/or research questions
    • Data and methods (especially in regard to how they support the study of the main hypothesis and/or research questions)
    • Current phase of the project and work planned to be done during the term of two years
    • Significance of the results
    • Cooperation at the University of Tampere and elsewhere
    • Publication plan
    • List of maximum of 10 references
  • An English-language CV, maximum length five (5) pages, compiled in accordance with a model curriculum vitae drafted by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (Tutkimuseettinen neuvottelukunta, TENK) or including the corresponding information.
  • An full list of publications, prepared in accordance with the recommendation of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, which is used by the Academy of Finland or including the corresponding information. Applicants should clearly indicate (in bold) the ten most important publications in terms of the work plan.

All three (3) documents must be attached to the online application form in the above-mentioned order as one pdf file named LastnameFirstname(IASR).pdf (maximum size 5 Mb).

The Certificate of the Doctoral Degree must be presented before signing the employment contract.

Research topics

According to its operating principle, the IASR does not pursue any other profile than fostering advanced research focused on society. This is why defining some theme would also be a very complex matter. On the one hand, by choosing some specific theme, the Steering Committee could annually select such Fellows whose interests run parallel and so could easily form a community, which would also facilitate cooperation. On the other hand, some specific theme would limit the number of the potential applicants in advance and so the Fellows would be selected partly on criteria other than their merits. At least as long as the resources of the IASR are limited, it is more desirable that the application for the fellowships should remain open to everyone interested.

The IASR defines "society" in very broad terms. Therefore, the meaning of "society" is not restricted to the nation-state or to macro structures; rather, it is synonymous to social reality. Research focused on it denotes investigations aiming to explain social phenomena and, in doing so, takes into account the special features of social reality, for instance, the fact that people's interpretations of reality and their ways of relating to it are an essential part of that reality. The broad definition also means thet not only social scientists, but also scholars from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including the humanities, education, psychology, management, the health sciences and information sciences, are eligible for a fellowship.

Application date
15 Feb 2018
Date of residence
1 Aug 2018
Duration
2 years
Country
Europe Finland
Discipline
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Computer science Medicine
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
2 postdoc, 2 research, 2 professorial
Award granted
Postdoc: € 4.320; research: € 5.020; professorial: € 6.750 monthly salary
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