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Professor in Artistic Research

Published Tue, 14/11/2017 - 10:57
Theatre Academy
Application deadline 22.12.2017 13:00


Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke

The University of the Arts Helsinki is an international forerunner in education and research in the field of arts, strengthening the arts as a force reshaping society. The wide selection of programmes in the field of arts offered by the Uniarts Helsinki, as well as the productive dialogue leading to the creation of something new between teaching and research make the Uniarts Helsinki a unique university on an international scale.
At Uniarts Helsinki, you become part of a diverse and vibrant community that brings new perspectives, models of thinking and vitality to society. The University of the Arts Helsinki was launched in early 2013 upon the merger of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy and the Theatre Academy Helsinki.

The Theatre Academy of the Uniarts Helsinki (TeaK) is a bold reformer of art, an all-inclusive pioneer in the education and research of performing arts and artistic research in Europe.
Artistic research into performing arts is an important part of developing the art forms represented by the Theatre Academy, and the thus emerging new forms. With its extensive international networks, the Theatre Academy is an inspiring research community committed to communal values. The researchers engage in active dialogue with degree programmes within the academy, the arts and research communities, as well as the society at large. The research aims at developing and renewing the arts and its methods and teaching, and to provide an artist-led contribution to knowledge.

Professor in Artistic Research: assignments and placement

The Professor in Artistic Research is placed within the Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke where a maximum of 6 students are admitted every other year. The centre hosts two professors, university lecturers, doctoral candidates and researchers. The number of doctoral students at the moment is approximately 30.

The Position of the Professor in Artistic Research commences 1 August 2018 or as agreed, with the term of five years in length. The field of the position is artistic research.

The salary of a Professor is determined in accordance with the competency level 8 or 9 in the university wage system.  

The Professor leads and develops the teaching and research in the Performing Arts Research Centre, Tutke, together with the staff in the centre, as well as the other Degree Programmes and Master’s Programmes within the Theatre Academy, and the Doctoral Programmes, research units and research centres of the Uniarts Helsinki. The Professor engages in active interaction with the society, on both national and international levels. The assignments of the Professor include developmental and administrative tasks within the Theatre Academy and the Uniarts Helsinki.

In accordance with section 4.1. of the Theatre Academy Regulation, the role of the Professor as the leader of a degree programme entails:

•    leading the degree programme
•    assuming responsibility for the artistic-pedagogic strategy and its development
•    staff leadership and financial responsibility
•    recruitment of hourly paid teachers
•    responsibility to handle issues concerning teaching and recruitments in a manner that involves the staff and students
•    responsibility for ensuring that feedback is regularly collected and taken into account
•    negotiating and approving the performance agreement
•    negotiating and approving contracts within the Professor’s jurisdiction

•    providing statements on study rights and study issues to the Teaching Council or another party
•    processing other issues relating to the unit.

In addition to the assignments mentioned above, the Director of the Performing Arts Research Centre
•    approves the research plans in cases where significant changes are made during the studies
•    nominates the supervisors for the doctoral students
•    grants the permission for pre-examination for the artistic parts or the commentary, based on the recommendations from the supervisor of the doctoral research in question and the Professor in Artistic Research

The Dean will assign the staff of the Performing Arts Research Centre the above mentioned tasks of the Director of the Performing Arts Research Centre.

The assignments of the Professor are agreed in greater detail in the work plan, prepared for one academic year at a time. The full working time of the Professor is 1,624 hours per academic year. Attending to the duties requires full-time commitment.

Eligibility and competence requirements

Section 33 of the Universities Act
According to Section 33 of the Universities Act (558/2009), a professor shall carry out and oversee scientific or artistic work, provide research-based tuition, follow developments in science or art, and participate in societal interaction and international cooperation in his or her field.

Government Regulation (770/2009) Section 1 decrees the following regarding required skills in Finnish and Swedish:
A person holding a teaching and research assignment at a university is required to speak the language, Finnish or Swedish, in which teaching is to be given. Skills in the teaching language can be attested in a manner determined in the University Regulation. In universities where degrees may be completed in both Finnish and Swedish, a person holding teaching and research assignments is also required to possess a satisfactory degree of oral and written proficiency in Finnish and Swedish. The University may grant exemption from these language skill requirements in a manner determined in the Regulation.

Staff Regulation of Uniarts Helsinki
According to Section 14 of the Staff Regulation of Uniarts Helsinki, a person elected Professor on the basis of artistic merits is required to hold a suitable doctorate degree and/or excellent artistic merits and good teaching skills. The successful candidate is expected to possess expertise in the field he or she represents, as well as experience in international operations and collaboration.

A professor elected on the basis of research merits is required to hold a suitable doctorate degree, to have carried out high-quality research, to possess the ability to provide high-quality, research-based teaching and instruction as well as be able to present proof of international activity.

According to Section 7 of Uniarts Helsinki’s Staff Regulation, general qualification requirements include such education, experience and language skills as are required for the assignment in question, as well as other required skills such as, for example, cooperation and interaction skills.

Assignments that comprise teaching require studies in university pedagogy or sufficient pedagogic experience and teaching skills. Assignments that comprise research require sufficient skills and experience to carry out research.

If the role comprises leadership assignments, there are requirements on suitable education, familiarity with the field and suitability for leadership assignments.
The Rector may decide to deviate from the language skill requirements for Professors in cases when it is deemed that the assignment can be managed successfully without said requirements being met, and when deviating from the language skills requirements would enable the University to choose the more competent candidate.

Professor in Artistic Research: competence requirements

The Professor in Artistic Research is chosen based on research merits. In addition to the above mentioned statutory requirements on eligibility and competence and the stipulation of the Staff Regulation, successful attendance to the duties of Professor in Artistic Research requires extensive artistic merits and extensive expertise of high quality in artistic research in the art fields represented by the Theatre Academy. The position requires good teaching skills, interaction skills and experience in leadership, as well as ability to develop and renew the education and the research in the field.

The Professor is expected to have experience in international activity and networking, as well as research initiatives and publishing activities within the field, and in university administration. Also, to successfully attend to the duties of the position, excellent competence in the English language is required.

Appointing the Professor

In accordance with a decision by the Recruitment Council, the position of Professor in Artistic Research is to be filled through open recruitment.

At the proposal of the Dean of the Theatre Academy, the Rector appoints the Professor to a fixed-period employment. The Dean makes her proposal based on the proposal of the Recruitment Council.

The choice is based on an overall comparison of merits in relation to the requirements presented in this summary. We will pay special attention to the capacity of our chosen candidate to successfully carry out the assignments listed herein. In our assessment we make use of application documents, expert statements, other possible statements possibly requested by the Recruitment Council, teaching demonstrations as well as a possible interview and/or presentation of artistic activity.
The Recruitment Council will make a decision on the experts in its meeting 16 January 2018.

Applicants should be prepared to deliver a teaching demonstration, an interview and a presentation of their own artistic activity. In questions of bias, we follow Sections 27-29 of the Administrative Act throughout the recruitment process.

How to apply

The application should contain four (4) copies of the following material:
1.    a freely formulated letter where the applicant states why he or she is applying for the position of Professor and how she or he would like to reform and develop the field of artistic research at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki
2.    Curriculum Vitae
3.    a portfolio demonstrating the most important artistic merits with regards to the position. In addition, the candidate can provide no more than three (3) publications relevant to the position. The publications can also include multimedial electronic publications.

The freely formulated letter and CV should be delivered as a single PDF file to by 1 PM on Friday, 22 December 2017

Other material can also be delivered to the Theatre Academy registrar on P.O. Box 20 (Haapaniemenkatu 6), 00097 Taideyliopisto, Finland no later than by 1 PM on Friday, 22 December 2017. The application and its appendices will not be returned.


Additional information regarding the position and what it entails is provided by Dean Maarit Ruikka, Tel +358 50 581 2649, . Inquiries regarding the application procedure may be directed to Head of Administration Laura Jännes, +358 400 792 043, .