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University Lecturer in Chinese Language

University of Helsinki

Job Description

University Lecturer in Chinese Language

Location : Helsinki, Finland

Posted : 19 May 2022

End of advertisement period : 02 Jun 2022

Academic Discipline : Arts & Humanities, Languages, Literature & Linguistics

Job Type : Academic Posts, Lecturers / Assistant Professors

Contract Type : Fixed Term

Hours : Full Time

The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity.

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Helsinki (http://www.helsinki.fi/hum/) is Finland's oldest and largest department of education and research in the field of science in terms of structure and subject selection. It is also an important international research, educational and cultural community. The Faculty of Arts studies and teaches languages and literature spoken in Europe and other parts of the world, with almost 40 languages. In addition, we are developing the general theory of linguistics, translation science and literary research.

Faculty of Arts is looking for


for an open-ended employment relationship as of 1 August 2022 or by agreement. The position is filled on a six-month probationary period. The position is located in the Department of Languages.

The university lecturer is responsible for the teaching based on the degree requirements of Chinese and plans teaching in bachelor's and master's programs in languages together with other East Asian language teachers. The work includes teaching all aspects of Chinese language skills. The tasks may also include other teaching. The University Lecturer must also conduct independent scientific research, inspect and supervise theses and carry out jointly agreed administrative tasks.

We are looking for someone with experience in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, preferably outside China and Taiwan, and experience or interest in training Chinese language teachers. In addition, we wish you to have experience in teaching and teaching technologies in different learning environments, as well as the readiness to participate actively in the development of training programs. The experience of guiding thesis and administrative tasks related to teaching is also an advantage.


According to the University of Helsinki's regulations, the selected candidate is required to have a doctoral degree in Chinese as a foreign language, Chinese language or other suitable field and the ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and to direct theses.

When assessing the merits of applicants, scientific publications and other research results with scientific value, teaching experience relevant to the task, pedagogical training, the ability to produce learning materials, other merits achieved in teaching positions and if necessary a teaching demonstration shall be taken into account. The candidate has to have publications also in other languages than Chinese in international publications in the field.

Successful completion of the task requires excellent English and Chinese (Mandarin) skills. Finnish language skills can be considered an advantage. If the applicant's mother tongue is not Chinese, chinese language proficiency must be demonstrated, for example, by means of an international language proficiency certificate. The university lecturer provides language skills and other teaching independently at all levels of the Bachelor's and Master's Programme in Finnish or English and Chinese.


The position offers the opportunity to work in an inspiring, international and multidisciplinary environment. The remuneration of the position is based on levels 5–7 of the level of complexity map of the teaching and research staff of the university's remuneration system. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance is paid. The university lecturer's gross salary is approximately EUR 3,500–4,500 per month, depending on the earnings and experience of the person to be selected.

The University of Helsinki offers its employees a wide range of opportunities and benefits, such as support for competence development, applying for research projects, library, sports and well-being services. For more information about career opportunities and benefits, visit https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/tutustu-meihin/ura-ja-avoimet-tyopaikat. The University of Helsinki hopes to attract applicants from different genders, language and cultural backgrounds and minorities.


The application is submitted to the university's electronic recruitment system via the Apply for a Job link. Applicants employed at the University of Helsinki apply for the position through the SAP Fiori portal.

The following documents must be attached to the application as a single (1) PDF file:

  1. CV
  2. 2) a free-form report on the applicant's educational expertise of up to five (5) pages (e.g. university portfolio)
  3. a free-form report on the applicant's scientific activities of up to three (3) pages (e.g. university portfolio), including the research funding acquired;
  4. catalogue of publications

The file is named as follows: Chinese_language_lastname_firstname.

See instructions for https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/humanistinen-tiedekunta/tiedekunta/ohjeita-opetus-ja-tutkimustehtaviin-hakeville.

At the end of the application period, the shortlisted candidates will be invited into an interview and, if necessary, to a teaching demonstration.


For more information on the position, please contact Professor Johanna Viimaranta, Johanna.viimaranta(at)helsinki.fi. For more information on the recruitment system and process, please contact HR Specialist Rosa Beckmann at rosa.beckmann(at) helsinki.fi.


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