The Faculty of Theology (http://www.helsinki.fi/teol/tdk/english/) at the University of Helsinki is a non-denominational academic community. The Faculty educates experts in religious traditions, worldviews and values. Our mission is to offer best scholarly expertise in historical, conceptual, and cultural issues related to religion and theology. We are committed to conducting research into individual, cultural and social significance of religion in past and present in order to generate in-depth understanding of major changes in contemporary Europe and globally, such as multiculturalism, religious extremism, inter-faith dialogue, value pluralism and the future of welfare. The Faculty has received high marks in international research evaluations and exercises active cooperation with similar leading research institutes.
The Faculty hosts two multidisciplinary and international Centres of Excellence (CoE) in Research (2014–2019) funded by the Academy of Finland: Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions and Reason and Religious Recognition.
The CoE in Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions (CSTT) (http://blogs.helsinki.fi/sacredtexts/) investigates the historical processes and mechanisms of change both in sacred texts and their cultural environments aiming at a more comprehensive understanding of the emergence and influence of the Hebrew Bible. The CSTT consists of four research teams, and each researcher will be part of one team. For further information on the teams, please see the unit’s homepage.
The CoE in Reason and Religious Recognition (RRR) (http://blogs.helsinki.fi/reasonandreligiousrecognition/) focuses on methods of religious recognition in history and the contemporary world by investigating how religious groups have recognized other social actors, and how religions have been accepted in different societies. The RRR consists of three research teams, and each researcher will be part of one team. For further information on the teams, please see the unit’s homepage.
Research positions to be applied:
The two Centres of Excellence are seeking enthusiastic candidates for several fixed-term positions of
UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS, POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS and DOCTORAL STUDENTS
The university and postdoctoral researcher positions are for periods ranging from one to three years. The period of the doctoral student positions may range from one to four years.