Senior Researcher, Socio-spatial Inequality

The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the largest multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer education in nearly one hundred major subjects, and are home to approximately 15,500 students and 2,500 members of staff. We operate in Joensuu and Kuopio. In international rankings, we are ranked among the leading universities in the word.

The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for the following position:

FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND BUSINESS STUDIES

Senior Researcher in Socio-spatial Inequality , a shared position of the Karelian Institute and Department of the Health and Social Management, Joensuu Campus.

The position is associated with the Cultural Encounters, Mobilities and Borders (CULTCHANGE) research area of the University of Eastern Finland. The role of the Senior Researcher is to develop and carry out interdisciplinary top-level research in UEFs CULTCHANGE research area, one of the university's five strategic top-level international research areas seeking to find solutions to the complex challenges of our changing world. CULTCHANGE studies links between human security, social and cultural borders, and the ability of societies to demonstrate resilience and adaptability in the face of multilevel challenges to social cohesion and sense of belonging. The specific focus of this position will be in developing research strengths in relation to questions of spatial justice, socio-spatial inequality and territorial cohesion . While Europe will be the primary focus, a broader comparative perspective is also welcome.

As part of the CULTCHANGE community, the researcher will examine processes, impacts, and the consequences of spatial justice and socio-spatial inequalities and their in-built connections to human wellbeing and territorial cohesion. We particularly encourage applications from candidates who are interested in advancing questions in socio-spatial inequalities through lenses of social/spatial justice and who will work in a wide and innovative variety of design/research methods at all scales.

This position will strengthen the activities of the universitys strategic research areas. Please see: UEF Strategic Implementation Programme 2018 - 2020

An ideal candidate is expected to have a research vision that clearly transcends traditional discipline boundaries and addresses viewpoints that combine of socio-spatial inequality and spatial justice with territorial challenges. The applicant is to present this vision in a concise (max. 3 pages) research proposal and in a brief development plan which clarifies the applicant's contributions to the development of CULTCHANGE in terms of network building, project activities and knowledge transfer.

The Senior Researcher is expected to be involved in the faculties' project activities, in the utilisation of national and international funding sources, as well as in the field's international research networks. The candidate will also have the opportunity to teach and supervise students (maximum 20% working time) in his or her area of expertise at the Department of Health and Social Management.

The position is filled for a four-year term as from 1 January 2020. The positon is filled for a fixed term due to it pertaining to a specific funding programme.

In accordance with UEFs University Regulations (Section 31), persons to be appointed as Senior Researchers shall hold a suitable doctoral degree and have good teaching skills.

The Senior Researcher is expected to have language skills that support the field's research. Good command of the English language is required.

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on level 6 - 7 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff ( 3,423.25 3,946.50 / month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which may be a maximum of 50 % of the job requirement component.

A trial period is applied to all new members of the university's staff.

The electronic application is required to contain the following appendices:

- a résumé or a CV ( http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae )
- a list of publications ( https://www.aka.fi/en/funding/apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines/list-of-publications/ )
- a portfolio of teaching merits ( https://www.uef.fi/en/web/guest/uef/open-vacansies/instructions )
- copies of academic certificates/diplomas and of certificates/diplomas relating to the applicants language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/ diplomas
- a concise summary of the applicant's scientific achievements and research activities, including research cooperation (max. 1 page)
- a research proposal written in English (max. 3 pages)
- a development plan (max. 1 page) explaining how the applicant intends to promote project activities, network building and knowledge transfer in the CULTCHANGE research area and in the field of multidisciplinary border studies.

The applicants or some of them may be invited to an interview before the position is filled.

Further information on the position can be obtained from Professor James Scott, +358 29 445 5276, james.scott@uef.fi, or Director Petri Kahila, +358 29 445 5119, petri.kahila@uef.fi.

Further information on the application procedure can be obtained from Human Resources Coordinator Airi Leppänen, +358 29 445 5171, airi.leppanen@uef.fi.

The application needs to be submitted no later than 27 November 2019 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time) by using the electronic application form.


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