Postdoctoral Researcher

The Centre for Artistic Research (CfAR) is one of the three established research centres at Uniarts Helsinki. CfAR is an internationally recognized unit: it has hosted the 2017 SAR Conference (Society for Artistic Research) and supports the editorial team of the journal RUUKKU. CfAR ́s over-arching aim is to foster Artistic Research (AR) with a particular emphasis on promoting postdoctoral activities in AR. CfAR is a community of artist-researchers who explore, through art-making, varied topics including philosophy, digitalization, and societal engagement.

We are opening a call for applications to the position of


The position is full-time andfixed-term (10 months) from 01/01/2021 to 31/10/2021 (or as agreed).

Fields of research and tasks

Artistic Research (AR) is one of the three significant research areas – alongside arts education and arts history – at Uniarts Helsinki. Artist-researchers in the fields of music, dance, theatre and fine arts form a community combining multiple disciplines and research traditions. It is characterised by close cooperation between the community members.

For this call we are looking for an artist-researcher who is in the final stages of an existing project. Beside conducting their own research the Postdoctoral Researcher has three obligations: (a) to work towards at least one peer-reviewed article for publication, (b) to prepare personal or collective project funding applications in Artistic Research, and (c) to organise one research event at CfAR addressing the themes of their own research. The Uniarts Helsinki research services will offer support regarding funding applications.

As a Postdoctoral Researcher, in addition to personal research, your tasks may also include research activity development work on behalf of the University of the Arts Helsinki, i.e. project planning, applying for funding as well as other communal university activities.

Eligibility requirements

We expect you to have the following:

  • a suitable doctoral degree from a Finnish or an internationally recognised university
  • a demonstrated record of activities in artistic research including publications
  • the skills to carry out independent research
  • good presentation and interaction skills
  • the ability to work as part of a team of researchers and an international research network
  • the capacity and willingness to contribute to the CfAR community

Working time and salary

The total working time of researcher is 1624 hours per annum. Salary is determined in accordance with the Salary System for Finnish Universities and the task-specific salary component will be level 5. In addition, the personal salary component will be paid. Monthly salary at the beginning of the employment will be €3000-3400 depending the selected candidate’s qualifications and professional experience.

How to apply

Please submit your application including following documents in a single PDF file using the electronic recruitment system:
A motivation letter (1 page, minimum font size 11)

  1. A fully developed research plan (maximum 4 pages, minimum font size 11), which clearly indicates:
  • the field of research and subject
  • research questions, approach, and expected outcomes
  • schedule of implementation in relation to the period of employment, including planned material, technical and financial arrangements
  • potential partners (if any)
  1. CV (maximum 2 pages, minimum font size 11)
  2. List of publications and artistic portfolio (maximum 4 pages, minimum font size 11).

The deadline for all applications is 13th November 2020 (23:59 Finnish time). Submit your application here. You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt after submitting your application (it is a good idea to check the spam folder if you cannot find the email with your username information in your inbox).


For more information about the positions, please contact Director of CfAR, Professor Mieko Kanno via email, mieko.kanno(at)

For queries related to the application process, please contact HR, Anne Kilpeläinen via email, anne.kilpelainen(at)


Tietoa meistä

Taideyliopisto on avoin taiteiden kohtauspaikka, rohkeiden uudistajien ja perinteen taitajien kriittinen yliopistoyhteisö. Muodostamme ainutlaatuisen ympäristön taiteilijana kasvamiseen ja vahvistamme taidetta ja sen muutosvoimaa. Taideyliopisto on yksi alansa johtavista yliopistoista ja siihen kuuluvat Kuvataideakatemia, Sibelius-Akatemia ja Teatterikorkeakoulu. Opiskelijoita meillä on noin 2 000, professoreita 60 ja henkilötyövuosia noin 700.