The professor is required to have a PhD in social work or in welfare issues related to social work, experience in social work research, and international experience. Experience in international co-operation as well as knowledge in Russian culture and language are beneficiary.

The main duty is to carry out the implementation of the Master’s Degree Programme in Comparative Social Work as a part of the Barents Cross Border University (BCBU) project. This includes the development of the curriculum, teaching social work, development of research activities, supervision of the studies, and development of the cross-border PhD programme. The Professor is also engaged in other international activities of the department, especially in the development of research projects with Russia and activities with foreign students.

The Professor is required to be engaged in and to supervise scientific research in social work, follow the scientific progress of the field, inspect research papers and advance the teaching of the field, supervise students in their studies, carry out examinations as requested, provide the university the necessary reports on his or her teaching, publications, scientific activities and examinations, take care of his or her general or mandatory duties or those handed down through membership in the university’s administrative organs, and participate to a reasonable extent in the student selection process.

A person applying for the post of professor of social work is required to have strong practical knowledge and skills in the field.

If a person with no demonstrated competence is appointed to the position, the title to be used is Research Manager.

The salary of the person appointed to the post is based on the new salary system for universities, positional grades 8 – 10 (4364,79 – 5559,77 €/month ). A decision on the positional responsibilities of the post is made before formal appointment. In addition to the positional salary, the person appointed is paid according to personal performance, which is no more than 46,3% of the positional salary. On appointment the personal salary is evaluated at the level of the performance of a person with similar qualifications, experience, and previous performance.

The description of a professor’s application and appointment to office (tehtäväntäyttöseloste) is available for free at the University Registry, e-mail or tel. 040 48 444 83 or at

Application documents may include curriculum vitae, list of publications, teaching portfolio and other documents which may have importance in filling the post. The applicant’s application documents may include a maximum of ten (10) freely chosen publications to be delivered to the experts. The publications are appended to the application documents in three copies.

Applications are to be delivered by 1.00 pm on the 19th October 2010 to the following address: University of Lapland, PO Box 122, Registry (Yliopistonkatu 8), 96101 Rovaniemi. Application documents will not be returned to the applicant. For information on the appointment procedure, please contact Faculty Dean, Juha Perttula. For content-related issues on the professorship, please contact the Director of the Department of Social Work, Professor Anneli Pohjola. E-mail