Postdoctoral researcher on Wine Culture in the Finnish and Nordic Contexts, University of Helsinki

September 13, 2019

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The Faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of


for a three-year, full-time, fixed-term period starting between October 2019 - January 2020 as agreed.

The post-doctoral researcher will explore the relations between wine and cosmopolitanism in Finland and the wider Nordic context. Historically there has not been a mass wine culture in these places. Yet it has rapidly developed more recently, with various international wine trends now taking hold. What does Finnish and Nordic wine culture today involve, who is building it, and what are the challenges they face? Which roles do state-run alcohol monopoly systems play in the development of wine culture? Is wine culture creating more cosmopolitan attitudes and practices among those who drink wines? Is the spread of wine drinking among new social groups creating novel forms of social inclusivity or exclusivity?

An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in the social sciences, preferably sociology, anthropology, or cultural and social geography. S/he should have the capacity to pursue discipline-based and interdisciplinary work, to conduct independent scientific research at a high level, and to publish in top quality English language outlets. S/he will preferably have a background in researching wine and wine-related issues, or at least food and drink-related matters. S/he should have developed knowledge of the interdisciplinary scholarly literature on cosmopolitanism, and a sound grasp of social theory. S/he should have proven skills in carrying out qualitative social research. Additional skills in quantitative methods would be an advantage. Proven teamwork skills and commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration are advantages, as are a strong emerging track record in social research and international peer-reviewed publications. Candidates are expected to possess excellent academic writing and communication skills in English. Knowledge of Finnish and Nordic society, and ability to operate effectively within the Finnish language, would be advantageous but not essential.

In addition to pursuing their own data collection, the researcher will collaborate with Prof. Inglis in various ways, such as co-authoring publications, presenting jointly at conferences, collaborating with industry actors, and organizing scholarly and industry-facing events.

The successful applicant should possess appropriate teaching skills in the social sciences. The duties of the postdoctoral researcher include teaching sociology for the Faculty of Social Sciences (5% of the annual workload).
The chosen applicant is expected to be physically based in Helsinki, to be regularly present within the Faculty of Social Sciences, and to participate actively in the intellectual life of the social scientific community.

The salary shall be based on level 5 of the job requirement scheme for teaching and research staff in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid. The annual gross salary range will be approx. 41,000 – 50,000 euros, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. In addition, occupational healthcare will be provided. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English. Please compile all documents as a single pdf file:
1) A curriculum vitae, clearly indicating type and level of qualifications
2) A numbered list of publications on which the applicant has marked in bold her or his three key publications to be considered during the review
3) A statement (max 1 page) outlining how the applicant’s expertise could productively contribute to the research theme
4) A summary (max. 1 page) of the applicant’s scholarly activities, including: original research at an international level, international academic networks, forms of collaboration, disciplinary and interdisciplinary activities, success in obtaining research funding, and any other relevant details

Instructions about preparing the CV and list of publications can be found in the following web address:

Please submit your application by 13th September 2019 through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the link Apply for job.

Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal,

Further information about the position may be obtained from Professor David Inglis, david.inglis(at)