Tallinn University has announced a public competition for the position of Professor of Sociology of Work and Education. The elected candidate commences work on the first career level of the position (associate professor) with the aim of supporting their development into a leader of the relevant study and research field in Tallinn University, and moves to the second career level of the position (professor) by way of evaluation.

Position: Associate Professor of Sociology of Work and Education (career level I of Tenure Track Professorship)
Academic unit: School of Governance, Law and Society (SOGOLAS)
Study areas: SOGOLAS study areas, in particular sociology and political science and governance study area, but also social protection, SES study areas, in particular lifelong learning and inclusive education
The position will be filled by 01.09.2021

Description of the field of the academic work: The professorship is aimed at contributing primarily to the research field of sociology of work and education, this both in terms of research and training. Prioritised research lines/interests are: mobility studies (intra and/or intergenerational social mobility), labour market mobility (including labour market entry and exit, transitions within the labour market, career/employment breaks, work-family reconciliation, etc.); educational transitions; the effect of regulations and institutional environment on mobility opportunities; systems of knowledge and skills in the society; working environment and organisation;  lifelong learning and the factors affecting it.

School context: The School of Governance, Law and Society (SOGOLAS) at Tallinn University is a competence centre for research and development in social sciences where it is possible to study at the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral level. SOGOLAS combines political sciences, international relations, law, sociology, demography, social work and social pedagogy. The research and development activities at SOGOLAS focuses on key issues of the development of contemporary society and is characterized by a wide range of topics, including social protection and well-being, governance and civil society, human rights, social stratification and social cohesion, life-style and values, demographic challenges. The diversity of topics offers good opportunities for interdisciplinary research, problem-centred approach, and integration between SOGOLAS study areas and other units at Tallinn University. SOGOLAS has broad international network which helps to ensure high-quality research and teaching. Effective cooperation with external stakeholders enables SOGOLAS to play an active role in policy making and innovative practice design.

The strategic importance of the position
The relevance of the field to the development priorities of TLU, Estonia and Europe: Work carried out within this professorship is related to specific development plans: the Lifelong Learning Strategy 2015–2020, Knowledge-based Estonia 2014–2020; the Estonian Entrepreneurship Growth Strategy 2020; the Information Society Development Plan 2020; the Estonia 2030 strategy. TLU also holds currently the field of responsibility of the sociology, culturology and political science and civic education study fields (Estonian strategy of education and the Administrative Contract (Haldusleping)).
The strategic importance of the position within the school and how it relates to the other planned tenure and non-tenure positions: The position of professor supports the realisation of the aims of the open society and governance focus field in the Tallinn University Development plan. It is important regarding the function of the professorship as well as sustainability that the field currently already has the required expertise based on which it is possible to develop new topics, advance already discussed topics, and restart some others. Maintaining current strengths, involving new experts, and having the opportunity to rely on postgraduate students in the long run as well creates a favourable context for establishing and developing the professorship. The professorship is expected to contribute to the study program in the field of sociology and other social sciences as well as develop further cooperation with the field of educational sciences. The professorship is well-linked and at the same time complementing the other existing and planned professorships in the areas of sociology and politics and government. The professorship directly supports the aims of the “Society and open governance” focus field of the University to develop an interdisciplinary and problem-focused research area that interprets the development of society and links to other SOGOLAS professorships (such as social policy, especially in its part focusing on opening institutional contexts regarding welfare state models; also research developed on the topic of (new) human rights). Professorship further supports interdisciplinary cooperation between SOGOLAS and School of Educational Sciences.

Requirements for the candidate (incl. professional experience)
Candidates for the tenure system position shall meet at least the requirements of career level I of tenure system professor (associate professor), which are stipulated in Annex 2 and respectively in Annex 9 and 10 to the Employment Relations Rules, incl.:

  • The candidate must have a doctoral degree or equivalent qualification;
  • If the candidate has worked as a professor for at least five years immediately prior to applying for the position of a professor at the University (except when applying for the position of a professor in the field of arts), at least one doctoral thesis must have been defended under their (co)supervision during the last five years. 

The most important requirements inherent in the specific nature of the field on the given position:
Academic Activity Requirements:

Requirements in relation to R&D

  • strong research and publication track record; 
  • considerable demonstrable knowledge in the field of sociology of work and education;
  • experience in applying for research funding;
  • experience in coordinating research projects;
  • active membership in international professional and/or research organisations, expert groups, journal editorial boards, programme committees of international conferences – recommended.

Requirements in teaching:

  • substantial pedagogical experience in teaching and supervising;
  • experience in developing and running curricula - recommended.

Requirements in social and institutional impact activities:

  • experience in organising (international) academic events (conferences, workshops, etc);
  • experience in organising societal outreach activities – recommended;
  • experience from cross-sectoral cooperation - recommended.

Leadership aspects of the role: The position requires building and coordinating research teams, thus good leadership skills are an asset. Being inspiring leader and working efficiently towards set goals while applying caring communication style to create environment nurturing diverse pool of talents become important when designing and running research projects. One of the aims of the professorship is also to increase the interdisciplinary capability and international visibility of the SOGOLAS. Thus it is expected that the candidate shows track record or ability to be a good communicator and skilled consensus builder and is experienced in and values interdisciplinary approach, showing good leadership qualities. 

Job responsibilities
In accordance with Annexes 1, 2 and 10 to the Employment Relations Rules.
The duties are approximately divided in (1) research (40-60 %), (2) teaching (30-40%) and (3) internal and external service (10-20%). Position includes leading the Study Area of Sociology and/or actively contributing to its further development; develop or contribute to study programs of sociology at TLU.

Requirements in relation to R&D: Managing research and development or other creative activity in their speciality at the international level.
Requirements in teaching: Teaching at doctoral levels, supervising Master’s and doctoral students.
Requirements in social and institutional impact activities: Participation in the work of university and non-university academic and administrative bodies.

Language skills:

  • English on the level necessary for conducting teaching and research work - C1;
  • An employee who does not speak Estonian is expected to start acquiring proficiency in Estonian upon starting work and achieve language proficiency level B1 within three years and a level comparable to level B2 within five years in order to be able to perform tasks related to institutional development and administrative work in Estonian.

Working load: 1,0 (40 hours a week).
Remuneration: In accordance with TLU Remuneration Regulation and by negotiations with the director of the School where the position shall be.
In addition to remuneration, a limited allowance is foreseen to the tenure professor, which can be used to cover the costs of research and development expenditure, members of the research team etc related to the position.
Location: Professor is expected to live in Tallinn and work at the premises of Tallinn University.

Required application documents shall be submitted by 20th January 2021 (incl) to Personnel Office of Tallinn University.

Additional information: Please address your administrative questions to konkurss@tlu.ee, and questions on the content to the Administrative Head of the School of Governance, Law and Society Anneli Kommer, anneli.kommer@tlu.ee

Time-schedule of the competition and the selection procedure

Job description in Estonian (Töö- ja haridussotsioloogia professor)