Postdoctoral researcher in public economics and employment taxation at the UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI



The University of Helsinki is Finland’s oldest and largest academic institution, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki usually ranks in the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions to global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. Applicants of any gender, linguistic and cultural background or from minority groups are welcome.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is Finland’s leading social science research and education institute and the most diverse social science faculty in the country in terms of its range of disciplines and research fields. The Faculty has a strong international research profile and an international master’s program, and several of its disciplinary units have been ranked among the top 50 in the world. The faculty has around 500 research and teaching staff and annually awards some 350 bachelor’s degrees, 400 master’s degrees and over 40 doctorates. For more information, please visit the Faculty’s website at

The Faculty of Social Sciences and the Finnish Center of Excellence in Tax Systems Research invite applications for the position of


for a fixed period of three years full-time from March 1, 2022 (or starting point as agreed).

This position is part of the Center of Excellence for Research in Tax Systems, awarded by the Academy of Finland for the period 2022-2029. It is a joint initiative of the University of Tampere, the University of Helsinki and the VATT Institute for Economic Research. The Economics Unit at the University of Helsinki is part of Helsinki GSE, a growing and international economics research unit.

The Finnish Center of Excellence in Tax Systems Research (FIT) studies the effects and design of tax and benefit policy and regulation and focuses on providing new credible evidence on the determinants of ‘an optimal policy. FIT’s research themes include various themes such as: measuring the extent and determinants of income and wealth inequalities; the role of taxation and related regulations in environmental and health policy; measure the societal costs of taxation; analyze the influence of the public sector on the creation, growth and productivity of businesses; and taxation and development. Our research uses empirical, experimental and theoretical methods, as well as world-class administrative data on individuals and businesses.

We are seeking a highly motivated and accomplished early career scholar with a PhD in Economics to conduct and organize high quality scientific research. We encourage applications from very promising candidates with the ambition to conduct innovative and high quality research related to the topics covered by the FIT research program. Under the aegis of the FIT, we study many topics related to public policies, and we are therefore interested in research covering both traditional themes in public economics, as well as all areas of applied microeconomics related to FIT research areas. We expect the post-doctoral researcher to produce research articles for the best international academic journals independently and in collaboration with other researchers. We also expect applicants to provide research-based education (no more than 5% of annual working time) and actively contribute to international research collaboration.


A person appointed to the post must have a doctorate in economics and have a history of international academic activities, demonstrating ambition and the ability to conduct independent research. The default assumption is that the degree requirement must be fulfilled before the start of employment.

We expect applicants to demonstrate a high level of motivation and have a perfect command of English. The candidate’s research interests should be aligned with FIT’s objectives and broad research areas and may include methodological and / or theoretical themes that complement or bring new perspectives to FIT.

The successful candidate must reside in Finland while being employed by the University of Helsinki. The Faculty of Social Sciences offers resettlement assistance.


We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The annual gross salary range will be approx. € 41,700 – € 48,600, depending on the qualifications and experience of the appointee. In addition, the University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and professional development opportunities. More information on The employment contract will include a six-month trial period.


Please submit your application, along with the required attachments, through the University of Helsinki recruitment system via the Apply for Position link. Applicants currently employed by the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application through the SAP Fiori portal at The deadline for submitting applications is January 17, 2022.

Applicants are requested to enclose the following documents in English with their application. Please compile all documents into one pdf file:

  1. An application letter and cover letter: a description of your strengths relevant to the position and how they align with FIT’s goals
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. List of publications
  4. Research plan describing your research project (max. 3 pages)
  5. Names and contact details of two academic references who support your application

Detailed information on the CV and the list of publications can be obtained online: https: // -….


Further information on the position can be obtained from Professor Jukka Pirttilä,

If you need help with the recruitment system, please contact

Due date

01/17/2022 11:59 PM ET



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