Professorship in Russian Energy Policy

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The Department of Social Policy at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Helsinki invites applications for a Professorship in Russian Energy Policy. The period of appointment is to 31 July 2016.

The professorship will involve duties related to research, societal interaction and teaching. The professor’s duties will be oriented towards research and societal interaction, but will also include teaching in the field of Russian studies. The field of the professorship involves aspects of international politics, the economy, and economic geography as well as of social policy, especially research in regional development and environmental policy. The holder of the professorship is expected to engage in active research on Russian energy policy. Where appropriate, the professor of Russian energy policy will collaborate with the Aleksanteri Institute’s energy policy research project. The professor will participate in the development and where applicable, the implementation of the Russia-related operations of the Porvoo ( and Itä-Uusimaa ( regions and will devise, together with these regions, a long-term development programme for their Russian operations. The duties of the professorship will also include cooperation with the Lappeenranta University of Technology in planning educational programmes for experts to meet the needs of businesses in the Itä-Uusimaa region.

The Decree on the Qualification Requirements and Duties of Staff in Institutions of Higher Education (309/1993) provides for the qualification requirements and the Finnish and Swedish language requirement for professorships.

Detailed information on the professorship and on the application and appointment processes can be found in the document entitled Instructions for Appointments, which can be obtained free of charge from the Faculty Office or website or from the University Registry.

The salary for the present post will be based on levels 8-10 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The new Universities Act will enter into force on 1 January 2010. Consequently, permanent and fixed-term public service employment relationships at universities will be abolished on 31 December 2009 and all personnel will be employed on a contractual basis as of 1 January 2010.

The applicants must enclose with their applications a preliminary plan for a research programme in Russian energy policy (including a statement about the applicant’s personal contribution to its implementation) and a report of their vision for the development of the Russian operations, especially in the area of energy policy, of the Porvoo and Itä-Uusimaa regions (totalling a maximum of ten pages). The content of the vision must cover labour, industry and trade policies and well as environmental issues.

The Instructions for Appointments contain a list of the required enclosures to accompany the application as well as instructions for submitting the application itself. The application documents must be submitted in English. Applications addressed to the Faculty of Social Sciences must be delivered to the following address: Registry of the University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 33 (Yliopistonkatu 4), 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 14 October 2009 at 15.45 local Helsinki time.

Further information can be obtained from the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Hannu Niemi, tel. +358 9 191 24870, email:, and the Director of the Aleksanteri Institute, Professor Markku Kivinen, tel. +358 9 191 23654, email:

Helsinki, 14 September 2009

University of Helsinki Administration Office