2-3 Doctoral Students

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 Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is currently seeking to recruit  staff to the positions (2-3) of Doctoral Student, beginning as from 2 January 2018 or according to a separate agreement, for a fixed term of not more than four years.

Education and research in sport sciences in Finland are concentrated at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences of the University of Jyväskylä. Physical activity and health, as well as their relationships and promotion, are explored there from a multidisciplinary perspective, with the improvement of health, functional ability and wellbeing across the human lifespan as the key aim.

An important national responsibility of the Faculty is teacher education in sport and health sciences. There are two main lines of study at the Faculty: Sport Sciences and Health Sciences. There are three disciplinary groups at the Faculty: Biology of Physical Activity, Behavioral and Social Sciences of Sport and Health Sciences. There are also three research centres at the Faculty: the Neuromuscular Research Centre, the Gerontology Research Center and the Research Centre for Health Promotion.

The main duties of doctoral students consist of research for the doctoral thesis, postgraduate education, teaching assistance and possible other related tasks. 

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of doctoral student are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations, Rectors´s decision on personnel matters and language skills guidelines. The selected person is required to have a full command of Finnish language. According to Finnish law, a non-native university teaching and research staff member can be granted an exemption from the requirement of Finnish language proficiency. A good command of English is required. 

A prerequisite for the doctoral student position is a Master’s degree in Sport or Health Sciences and the study right for doctoral studies at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä, as well as a research plan approved by the Faculty.

The job-specific salary component of a doctoral student is based on the job demands level 1–4 (EUR 1,808.42–2,475.31/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:
Professor Ari Heinonen, email: ari.o.heinonen@jyu.fi; +358408053551 or
Head of Administration Heikki Herva, email: heikki.herva@jyu.fi; +358504432400.

The application should include as PDF files:

1) Application letter.
2) Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good scientific practice and considering when possible the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. See: http://www.tenk.fi/en.
3) Study plan, approved by the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences.
4) Research plan.
5) Reference letter from the supervisor.

Please submit your application at the latest on 17 December 2017 using the online application form.