2-4 Postdoctoral Researchers, Applied Language Studies, Communication and/or Media Studies

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

2-4 positions of Postdoctoral Researcher, Applied Language Studies, Communication and/or Media Studies, for a fixed-term period of four years, starting January 1st, 2018 or as agreed.  

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 positions of the postdoctoral researcher are placed in the Department of Language and Communication Studies. At the Department, we conduct top-level research and provide high quality academic education in language and communication studies. We conduct research on language usage and language learning, interaction and media, as well as on their interfaces in a networked and diversifying world. Our core fields share the idea of language and communication as social activity in a changing world. Our multifaceted and up-to-date research responds to the challenges of the modern world in understanding the complex and evolving language and communication environments we face in our everyday environment. The posts of the Postdoctoral Researchers are connected to the University of Jyväskylä profiling area Applied Language Studies for the Changing Society (See: https://www.jyu.fi/reclas/en) funded by the Academy of Finland.

The Postdoctoral Researchers are expected to carry out independent research on applied language studies, communication and/or media studies, with connections to the profiling area’s theme of language in the changing world. The tasks of the Postdoctoral Researchers also include supervising theses and teaching. The Postdoctoral Researchers also participate in applying for external research funding.

The successful candidates need to have evidence of research in applied language studies, communication and/or media studies. The successful applicants are also expected to have broad theoretical and methodological expertise.

The duties and qualification requirements and language skills for the position of the Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by  the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. 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. Good written and oral skills in English are required. In one of the posts, the successful candidate is required to have excellent skills in Russian and the ability to teach in Russian.

The job-specific salary component of a postdoctoral researcher is based on the job demands level 5-6 (2865,30 €/Month - 3340,77 €/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: Head of Department, Professor Anne Pitkänen-Huhta, tel. +358504285276, e-mail: anne.pitkanen-huhta@jyu.fi and Professor Mika Lähteenmäki, tel. +358408053206, e-mail: mika.k.lahteenmaki@jyu.fi.

Please attach the following documents to the online application form:

1.  Motivation letter.

2.  A CV composed according to good scientific practice and considering, when possible, the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK). See: http://www.tenk.fi/en.

3.  Short (2 - 3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits.

4. A numbered list of publications covering the applicant’s the scientific and other publications according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland. See: http://www.aka.fi/en/funding/how-to-apply/appendices-required/guidelines-for-list-of-publications/

5. A short research and publication plan (maximum of 3 pages).

Please submit your application at the latest by 23 December 2017 using the online application form.