Doctoral Student, Social and Public Policy

The University of Jyväskylä is a nationally and internationally significant research university and an expert on education that focuses on human and natural sciences. The University is Finland’s leading expert in teacher education and adult education, as well as the major exporter of education. The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is the only one in the country. The University of Jyväskylä is known for its dynamic operating culture and strong commitment to social responsibility.

The department is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of

Doctoral Student, Social and Public Policy, for a fixed four-year term, starting 1 February 2018.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is a strong contributor to human sciences. It has a central role in understanding and developing human activities and the structures of society. The faculty is a unique, strongly profiled unit that conducts internationally significant research with societal impact. Research and education at the faculty focus on culture, arts, traditions, languages and communication, social sciences and philosophy.

The Doctoral Student position is located at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy in the discipline of Social and Public Policy. At the Department, the focus areas of research are “Political Institutions, Participation and Conceptual Change”, “Sustainability and Social Transformation”, and “Transforming Welfare Policies and Practices”. In the discipline of Public and Social Policy, the focus areas of research are social and work policy, sustainable development, global social policy, social care, and social implications of digitalization. Applicants are expected to contribute to the research and teaching profile of the Department in the focus areas of Social and Public Policy in particular.

The Doctoral Student works as a member of Research Group on New Technologies, Ageing and Care, within the Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care (CoE AgeCare) funded by the Academy of Finland. The leader of the research group is Academy Research Fellow Sakari Taipale.

The tasks of a Doctoral Student focus on research concerning doctoral thesis, doctoral studies, assisting teaching tasks and other related tasks. The topic of the doctoral thesis must relate to the technologization and changing characteristics of care work, and it must be aligned with the research profiles of the discipline and the department. In addition, Doctoral Student participates actively in the joint activities of the research group and the Centre of Excellence. Versatile expertise in statistical methods and previous experience in conducting survey research are considered as merits.

The duties and qualification requirements for the position of doctoral student is stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The selected person is required to have a full command of Finnish language. When considered appropriate, the university may grant exemption from the language proficiency requirements. A good command of English is required.

The doctoral students are required to have a master's degree and the right to postgraduate degree studies at the University of Jyväskylä. If the applicant does not have permission for post-graduate studies in the University of Jyväskylä, it must be applied with a separate application procedure from the proper faculty.

The doctoral student’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands levels 1 - 4 (1 808,42 €/month – 2 475,31 €/month) according to the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to the maximum of 46.3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

A trial period of four months will be used when the position is first filled.

For further information, please contact Academy Research Fellow, Sakari Taipale, email:, tel. +358 40 072 8852.

The application should include:

1.  An informal letter of application,

2.  A Curriculum Vitae (CV), complying with the guidelines for responsible conduct of research and following, where possible, the template CV for researchers by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (see:,

3.  A postgraduate study plan (max 2 pages),

4.  A research plan (max 3 pages),

5.  Contact details of two persons, who can provide academic references.

Please submit your application at the latest on 31 December 2017 using the online application form.