Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) invites applications for three (3) Collegium Fellow (Collegium Researcher) positions for a three-year period starting from 1 September 2024.
TIAS Fellows are selected via an international call for applications and TIAS welcomes applications from projects based in any discipline within its five constituent faculties (Economics, Education, Humanities, Law and Social Sciences). Selection of successful applicants will be on the basis of academic excellence.
About the TIAS Fellows
The main task of TIAS Fellows is to carry out an internationally excellent research project over a three year period, during which the results of the project should be disseminated in a number of ways. Fellows are also required to contribute to the intellectual life of the Institute via such things as attending and presenting at TIAS meetings, organising TIAS events and cross disciplinary working with their co-Fellows.
The positions are located at one of the campuses of the University of Turku and successful candidates are required to live in Finland. In addition to TIAS meetings, Fellows are expected to attend the campus regularly. TIAS Fellows are located in departments which act as hosts to the research. Selected applicants will benefit from being hosted within departments in the University’s faculties, while also being part of the vibrant TIAS research community.
Apply between 15 November 2023 and 12 January 2024 15:00 (Europe/Helsinki)
Who we are looking for
- Collegium Fellow is defined as being within twelve (12) years of applicants having passed their PhD. Tenured Professors (i.e. those with the title of Professor) are not eligible to apply.
- Successful candidates are requested to demonstrate engagement in international academic networks and must provide evidence of their ability to work in a research environment of high international standard.
- TIAS supports the research priorities of the University of Turku and applicants should outline how their work relates to one or more of the strategic research and education profiles of the University of Turku for 2021–30.
- Selection of successful applicants will be on the basis of academic excellence. External Reviewers are asked to rank, from 1–6, the following:
- (i) applicants’ previous academic achievements relative to their career stage,
- (ii) quality of the research plan and feasibility of the research given the three years’ time limit,
- (iii) theoretical and methodological framework of the research
- (iv) evaluation of the proposed publications and outputs, and
- (v) an overall assessment. Reviewers are also asked to comment on any ethical issues around the proposed research. Based on the external evaluations, the TIAS Board of Management makes final decisions on the successful applicants.
TIAS is a research collegium which supports the bottom-up development of excellent early-and mid- career stage academics through the provision of three years of funding, enabling them to carry out self-designed research projects.
The European Commission has awarded the University of Turku the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo. The logo is a token of the University’s commitment to continuous development of the position and working conditions of researchers according to
the guidelines set forth in the European Charter for Researchers.
The university offers good support and orientation for international hires. Please learn more about the Finnish culture and relocation to Finland:
- City of Turku,
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- International House of Turku
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- This is Finland
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Salary and trial period
TIAS Fellows’ salaries are determined in accordance with the university salary system for teaching and research personnel. The salary for Collegium Researcher positions corresponds to a requirement level 7 and the pre-estimated personal performance percentage of 17% (current euro-dominated gross salary 4 955 €/month). Progress in the researcher’s personal performance can be taken into account when determining the salary during employment.
The position has a trial period of six months.
How to apply
Please read first carefully the detailed instructions and guidance for applicants including information about the application documents and application form link.
Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 12 January 2024 (15:00 Finnish time, GMT +2).
An information session for applicants will be held online on Monday 11 December 2023 between 15.00 and 16.00 Finnish time (GMT +2). The TIAS Director will introduce the Call, explain the applications and reviews process and answer questions. Powerpoint slides of this will be placed online. Please sign up to the information session in order to get the online meeting link.
Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS)
Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS) promotes cutting-edge university research in humanities and social sciences. It is a joint enterprise between the faculties of Humanities, Education, Social Sciences and Law and Turku School of Economics, founded in 2008. TIAS aims to establish a community of interdisciplinary researchers dedicated to research excellence.
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