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Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty of Pharmacy, Finland


The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University of Helsinki includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. Some 36,000 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of Helsinki. 

The Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki is the leading Finnish institute of legal research and education. The Faculty’s mission is to train qualified, ethically responsible legal professionals for both the Finnish and international markets through high-quality international research and research-based teaching. The Faculty employs approximately 140 members of teaching and research staff, of whom more than 20 are international researchers and teachers. In addition, several international researchers visit the Faculty every year.   

Several themed international research projects operate under the Faculty of Law. In 2015 - 2020 the Faculty hosts “Transformation of Private Law Beyond Europe”, a FiDiPro -research project funded by the Academy of Finland and led by Professor Hans-W. Micklitz (the European University Institute, EUI, Florence).

The Project "Transformation of Private Law Beyond Europe” in the University of Helsinki Faculty of Law invites applications for the position of


for a fixed term of two years. The preferred starting time is 1 September 2015. There can be a four-month trial period for the position.

The appointee must hold a doctoral degree in law at the beginning of the employment relationship and have the ability to conduct independent scientific work as well as the teaching skills required by the position. Profound knowledge and understanding of European private law (DCFR, CESL) and Regulatory Private law is necessary to conduct the research. Knowledge on primary EU law, EU external relations and international economic law is an asset. 

The research project focuses on the external dimension of European private law: The

perspective has been changed from inward to outward, to private law beyond the European Union and through the European Union. The FiDiPro -project is searching for the potential influence and impact of the European Union on international organizations and institutions in private law making, on powerful states such as the United States, Brazil, China, Japan and Russia as well as on economic regions such as Mercosur, the ASEAN Countries and Africa.  The project is built around the vertical (regulatory private law in the various sector related markets) and the horizontal (the interaction between European Union Civil/Contract Code building and similar attempts in the various economic regions around the world) dimensions of private law beyond the European Union, in order to develop a deeper understanding of the transformation processes that private law rules are currently undergoing. European private law (regulatory and traditional contract law) in its internal and external dimension is suggested to serve as a blueprint and model for the development of a normative design of bifurcated private law. For more information of the project, please see "Transformation of Private Law Beyond Europe" or

The duties of the postdoctoral researcher include research related to the theme of the project, in particular with regard to the relationship between the EU and South America. The researcher will also participate in teaching duties and other activities at the Faculty.  

Pursuant to Section 1 of the Universities Decree (770/2009), appointees to the position of postdoctoral researcher must be proficient in the language in which they provide instruction, i.e., Finnish or Swedish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Finnish and Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. Since English is the working language of the research project, as well as the main language of instruction, applicants must have excellent oral and written skills in English. Competence in Spanish is conditional; Portuguese would be an additional asset.

The salary will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will receive a salary component based on personal work performance. The total monthly salary is EUR 3 200–3 800 depending on the qualifications and experience.  

All standard pension benefits and occupational health care are provided for University employees.

Applications must be accompanied by 1) a CV, 2) a list of publications, and 3) a post doc research plan that fits into the overall project.

Applications addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, must be submitted electronically to the address oik-tyohakemukset(at) The closing date for applications is 17 August 2015.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Research Director, Professor Pia Letto-Vanamo, pia.letto-vanamo(at) Further information about the research project can be obtained from Professor Hans.-W. Micklitz, hans.micklitz(at) (between 14.7 and 25.7. only temporarily available).

Apply at latest 17.08.2015

Further Information

Application Deadline : 15 August 2015

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