Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor in English linguistics

Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education. Our universities community has its competitive edges in technology, health and society.

We are now seeking an assistant professor, associate professor or full professor in the field of English linguistics.

The position is located in the Unit of Languages in the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences. The Unit explores the intricacies of human interaction and communication in and across different languages. The research conducted in the Unit focuses on the functions of language in society and the challenges of cultural and linguistic diversity. The Degree Programme in Languages provides students with in-depth expertise in the areas of language, literature and translation. Students can major in Finnish, Swedish, English, Russian and German. The English section is the largest section in the Degree Programme, and we currently offer four specializations at the MA and PhD level: linguistics, literature, translating and interpreting as well as technical communication.

Job description

We are seeking a highly motivated and accomplished scholar who will actively and innovatively contribute to research and teaching in the area of English linguistics. In line with the profile of the university, research in the Unit of Languages emphasizes societal aspects of language, culture and literature. The applicant is expected to demonstrate a broad competence in English linguistics in research and teaching. Their publications are expected to include research in areas focusing on the connections between language and society (e.g. sociolinguistics, pragmatics, multilingualism). Along with expertise in corpus linguistics and quantitative methods, expertise in cutting-edge data-driven research methods in digital linguistics (computational approaches, Big Data) is desirable; we also warmly welcome other innovative methodological approaches to language data. We appreciate a strong research focus on digital English and language change in digital environments. The applicant should have experience in teaching and thesis supervision at the MA (and for associate/full professors also PhD) level.

The Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences offers a unique multidisciplinary environment. Research groups working on areas such as robotics, virtual and augmented reality, multimodal genres (games, visual journalism, audio description etc.), usability and accessibility issues create a vibrant community for interdisciplinary collaboration. We welcome applicants who offer novel approaches to linguistic analysis utilizing the unique opportunities of this multidisciplinary environment.

You are also expected to lead, conduct and develop research-led teaching, curriculum development and student supervision in the Degree Programme in Languages, acquire research funding and demonstrate effective academic leadership engaging with society.

As a professor of English linguistics, you will also be invited to participate in research and teaching in the joint profile areas of the Unit of Languages and the Degree Programme in Languages (Multilingual practices and multimodality in interaction; Accessibility, usability, and well-being; Spatial and mobile societies.) For more information, see Plural research centre.


Assistant Professor

We require

  • applicable doctoral degree
  • ability to undertake independent scholarly activity and potential to pursue scholarly activity at a high international level of excellence
  • teaching skills required to successfully perform the duties and functions of the position

Associate Professor

We require

  • applicable doctoral degree
  • track record of independent scholarly activity
  • teaching skills required to successfully perform the duties and functions of the position
  • ability to lead a research group and acquire external funding
  • track record of international scholarly activity


We require

  • applicable doctoral degree
  • high-level international scholarly expertise
  • experience in leading research
  • ability to provide high-quality research-based teaching and instruction
  • track record of winning external research funding
  • track record of international scholarly activity

We are looking for a candidate whose research aligns with the strategy of the Unit of Languages (see Plural research centre strategy) and who can work in a multidisciplinary environment.

We offer

The initial appointment as assistant or associate professor will be for five years. Subject to successful performance, you will become a tenured faculty member at the end of the first five-year period. You will be well supported throughout the five-year period to ease your transition to a tenured position. Full professors will hold a permanent appointment from the outset. Read more about the tenure track career system at Tampere University. A trial period of six months applies to all our new employees.

Salaries are based on the job demands and employees’ personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. The typical starting salary range is €4600-4900/month for an assistant professor, €5300-5800/month for an associate professor and €6400-6700/month for a full professor. However, salary is agreed based on the successful candidate’s experience and/or performance on an individual basis.

We offer you the opportunity to join our dynamic and innovative international community. As a member of staff at Tampere University, you will enjoy a range of competitive benefits, such as a flexible work schedule, good facilities for teleworking, occupational healthcare services, a variety of affordable food and drink outlets across our campuses and a personal fund to spend on sports and cultural activities in your free time. Follow this link for more information about working at Tampere University. You can also learn more about the university and about working and living in Tampere by watching our video: Tampere Higher Education Community – our academic playground

Located between two big lakes, Tampere is Finland’s third largest city and the biggest inland city in the Nordic countries. Nature is close everywhere you turn your head in Tampere. Coupled with a strong industrial tradition. this makes Tampere a unique environment for living and working. At present, the region hosts a great deal of industry and service businesses, and the city of Tampere is a major hub for the Finnish ICT industry. For more information on Tampere, please check VisitTampereWelcome to Tampere and International House Tampere.

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How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system (link below). The closing date for applications is March 11th at 23:59 EET / UTC +2. Please write your application and all accompanying documents in English and attach them in PDF format. Applications should include the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae according to TENK guidelines
  • List of publications according to the Academy of Finland guidelines. Please indicate your ten most important publications and a link to those. You may also save the publications in a cloud file and provide a link to it.
  • Teaching portfolio (according to the Tampere University guidelines)
  • A cover letter in which you set out the reasons why you are applying for the post and why you are particularly suited to it (max. 1-2 pages)
  • A research plan including your research vision for the future in the field of English linguistics (max. 5 pages)
  • The names, positions and contact details of two referees who can support your application.
  • Doctoral diploma in the original language. If the original language is other than Finnish, Swedish or English, please provide an official translation in one of those languages.

For more information, please contact:

Liisa Mustanoja, Head of Unit (Languages),

For questions regarding the application process, please contact HR Specialist Teuvo Moilanen,

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