Research Coordinator

Our naturally beautiful campus in the Jyväskylä city centre is home to a dynamic multidisciplinary research university – a modern, open and collaborative community of 2,500 experts and 15,000 students seeking answers to the pivotal questions of today and tomorrow. It was here, in 1863, that Finnish-language teacher education began. Since then, the University of Jyväskylä has been serving the future. The dialogue between research, education and society is our driving force. We cherish this balance of research and education, and work to promote open thinking. We kindle the skills, knowledge and passion to live wisely for the best of humanity. 

We are looking for

a Research Coordinator for the time period 1.5.2018 – 30.4.2021

The Faculty of Mathematics and Science conducts internationally acclaimed research and provides top-level teaching in all the areas of mathematics and science it represents. In this faculty, new ideas are developed and shared with the community and experts building the future in both Finland and abroad are educated.

Nanoscience Center (NSC) at the University of Jyväskylä is an interdisciplinary research organization where physicists, chemists and biologists work together to study nature at the nanoscale. Nanoscience Center forms an international scientific community with around 28 research groups and around 150 researchers, and includes several distinguished renowned scientists. Its research projects span from fundamental investigations of processes in nanoscale structures to development of commercial products. Nanoscience Center takes care of one of the profiling areas of the University of Jyväskylä – nanoscience. Its form combining researchers from three disciplines is unique in Finland, and worldwide there are only a few comparable organizations. 

The tasks of the Research coordinator will include coordinating the research within the profiling areas of the Nanoscience Center, assisting in funding applications together with our partners around the world, and helping to coordinate and develop our international collaboration network. We are seeking a person with good organization and coordination skills, experience in research collaborations, independent research, success in research funding applications, and scientific publishing within the research areas of the Nanoscience Center. 

We require a doctoral degree in natural sciences. The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of a Scientific Coordinator are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. Proficiency in the Finnish language is required from the applicant and a good command of English language is regarded as an advantage. University of Jyväskylä can grant exemption from the language requirements, if necessary.

The job-specific salary component of a Research coordinator is based on the job demands level 5-7 (EUR 2 865,30 – 3 851,33/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, contact Prof. Tero Heikkilä, tel. 040 805 4804, email: and Prof. Mika Pettersson, tel. 358 50 310 9969, email:

 The application should include:

  1. A motivation letter
  2. Curriculum vitae, composed according to good scientific practice and considering the template for researcher´s curriculum vitae by The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  3. A short research plan (2-3 pages) including merits of received external funding (applications and success in applying, applicant´s share of the funding)
  4. A numbered list of publications  according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland 

Application letter should be handed in English. The other appendices may be either in English or Finnish.

Please submit your application at the latest on 25 March 2018 using the online application form.