Gepubliceerd op 17-03-2021

Doctoral Student – Law and the Uses if the Past

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The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of

Doctoral student, Law and the Uses of the Past

for a fixed term period from 1 January 2022 onwards (or as agreed) to contribute to the subproject Law and the Uses of the Past of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie, www.eurostorie.org). The doctoral student will be employed for a defined term of two to four years, depending on the phase of the appointee’s thesis. Successful candidates are expected to work full time and to complete their doctorates in four years.

The position is located at the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie, www.eurostorie.org).

The CoE is a part of the interdisciplinary Centre of European Studies. The purpose of the CoE is to launch a new, third generation inquiry that critically explores the emergence of narratives of Europe as responses to the crises of the twentieth century and how these narratives have shaped the ideas of justice and community in Europe. It studies the foundational stories that underlie the contested idea of a shared European heritage in law and culture, such as the ideas of rule of law, equality, tolerance, pluralism and the rejection of totalitarianism, and their relevance for current debates on identity and history. The CoE is divided into three subprojects. For descriptions of the subprojects and their aims, please see www2.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/law-identity-and-the-european-narratives/subprojects.

The subproject Law and the Uses of the Past studies the emergence of the idea of a shared legal past in Europe. Its emphasis is on the history of legal and political thought and concepts central to the idea of Europe such as community and belonging, subsidiarity and federalism, centre and periphery, structure and agency as well as memory and tradition. It utilizes methods from scientific fields as diverse as legal history, Roman law, political science, legal anthropology, the history of philosophy, intellectual history, the history of ideas, and historiographical theory. We invite unconventional projects that combine legal, historical and theoretical angles, as well as historical narratives from antiquity to the twentieth century. Projects with linkages with and relevance in other subprojects of the CoE are highly encouraged. We welcome applicants with a multidisciplinary academic background and experience in conducting high-level research in interdisciplinary groups. We offer an exciting and stimulating multidisciplinary research community.

The duties of a doctoral student are to work on their own doctoral thesis and to complete their postgraduate studies. The duties also include collaborative work with other researchers of EuroStorie, societal impact, teaching and other tasks.Teaching tasks can account for up to 5 % of the annual working time.


Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in a field that is relevant to the research topic and have a high quality research proposal. Relevant disciplines include but are not limited to legal history, history, Roman law, politics, or equivalent. Other requirements include proven ability and motivation, demonstrated through previous degree studies or otherwise, to pursue postgraduate studies and a doctoral degree according to the study plan and research proposal. Fluency in English is required.

The appointee should either already 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 probationary period of six months of their appointment. If the candidate does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, it must be applied for separately, www.helsinki.fi/en/research/doctoral-education/the-application-process-i….

What we offer

We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The annual gross salary range will be approx. 30,000 – 39,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information at Further information at www.helsinki.fi/en/about-us/careers. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.

How to apply

Please submit your application 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 submit their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline for applications is 23 April, 2021.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents as a single pdf file:
1) A curriculum vitae (max 2 pages).
2) A list of publications. (You do not need to send copies of the publications themselves.)
3) A research plan not exceeding four (4) pages including a statement outlining how the proposed topic fits to the profile of the CoE and contributes to cross-disciplinary collaboration between the subprojects of the CoE.
4) Contact information and recommendation from one referee.

For instructions, please see www2.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-social-sciences/faculty/applying-for-teaching-and-research-positions.

Further information

Further information about the position, and about the research theme Law and the Uses of the Past, may be obtained (in English and Finnish) from Dr. Kaius Tuori (kaius.tuori@helsinki.fi). and from the team leader Dr. Jacob Giltaij (jacob.giltaij@helsinki.fi, in English).


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