null CERADA hires postgraduate students to make their doctoral thesis in the ArtsEqual project

The University of the Arts Helsinki is an international leader in education and research, driving society forward through the power of the arts. With a wide range of studies and a progressive dialogue between teaching and research, the University of the Arts Helsinki is unique in the global field of education.

CERADA (The Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts) is an internationally recognised University of the Arts research centre with a focus on art education research and research-based development of higher learning in the arts. The research carried out at CERADA is designed to meet the development needs of art education and higher education in the arts as well as the professional development needs of artists and arts teachers. Established in 2013, CERADA provides an open, responsible research environment that supports professional development as well as a platform for research initiatives. Characterised by close cooperation between researchers and advocacy for social change, CERADA researchers from the fields of music, dance, theatre and the visual arts make for a multidisciplinary community that brings together various research traditions.

In the CERADA initiatives (including ArtsEqual, Global Visions, and Learning in and through the Arts in Higher Education: Developing Shared Leadership), art education research and research-based development of higher learning in the arts are intertwined with current themes in society, including democracy, equality, interculturalism, social responsibility and well-being, and expanding professionalism in the arts and art education.




We are seeking



affiliated with the ArtsEqual research initiative and currently engaged in doctoral studies in the academies of the University of the Arts Helsinki, in the fields of art education research and research-based development of higher learning, for fixed-term employment starting on 15 June 2018 (or as agreed) and ending by 31 December 2019. Employment will be on a part-time or full-time basis. The terms of employment (duration; full-time/part-time percentage) will be determined based on the research plan of each selected student. We are seeking doctoral students who are looking to further their dissertation work in the ArtsEqual research initiative and participate actively in CERADA activities. The research carried out is to be connected to the themes of the ArtsEqual research initiative, and a recommendation from an ArtsEqual team leader is required as evidence of this affiliation.


Fields of research and duties


Characterised by close cooperation among researchers and advocacy for social change together with strategic partners, art education research in the fields of music, dance, theatre and the visual arts in the University of the Arts Helsinki makes for a multidisciplinary context that brings together various different research traditions.


In addition to furthering your dissertation, your duties as a doctoral student may include CERADA- and ArtsEqual-related activities, such as organising events, taking part in planning, and performing research assistant duties. These duties will be considered when determining the employment terms.




What we expect from you:

  • you have already commenced work on your dissertation
  • proof of actively furthering your objectives as a doctoral student
  • skills in English
  • the ability to perform well in your required duties
  • the ability to work unsupervised
  • a desire to develop your professional skills
  • the ability to work as part of a research team and in an international network of researchers.


Working hours and salary


The University of the Arts is committed to following the General collective agreement for universities. The total annual working hours for a doctoral student is 1,624. The salary is based on teaching and research staff requirement level 2 as stated in the salary system for universities.


Applying for the position


Please submit the following documents with your application:

  1. A free-form application letter – a motivational letter where you position yourself as part of CERADA and ArtsEqual research activities and outline your preferences for the duration (full or part-time) and nature of the employment (one page or less)
  2.  A research plan (max. five pages)
  3. A CV based on, for example, the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK) CV template. For further information please see: 
  6. A recommendation from an ArtsEqual research initiative team leader.


Please submit your application no later than Wednesday 13 June 2018. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file by email to the University of the Arts at kirjaamo(at), including “CERADA Doctoral Student” in the subject line. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been successfully submitted.




For more information on the duties of a research fellow, please contact CERADA Director Professor Kai Lehikoinen:

  • Email: kai.lehikoinen(at)
  • tel. +358 50 439 0517 (on Tuesday 5 June 2018 between 4 and 7 pm)


If you have an questions about applying and the application process itself, please contact Anne Kilpeläinen, Personnel Administrator (anne.kilpelainen(at)