Senior lecturer in pedagogy of natural sciences

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.

The department is currently seeking to recruit staff to the position of
Senior Lecturer in pedagogy of natural sciences, starting 1st of August 2018, until further notice

The Faculty of Education and Psychology undertakes significant, internationally recognised research. Most of the studies are published in high-level international journals, and the researchers of the faculty are sought-after partners in research and when applying for research funding. The faculty also provides high-quality education in its various disciplines. The Department of Psychology educates about a third of the psychologists graduating in Finland. Within educational sciences, particularly in teacher education, the faculty is one of Finland’s largest, and in special education, it is the largest.

The Faculty of Education and Psychology comprises three departments – Education, Teacher Education and Psychology – and the Teacher Training School, which provides basic education and general upper secondary education. The faculty has 30 professorships. The number of staff is about 350, a hundred of whom work at the Teacher Training School.

The area of responsibility of the senior lecturer position is teacher education, especially the pedagogy in environmental and natural sciences. Teaching, collaborative development of education, research that focuses on the areas of research strength of the faculty and participation in acquisition of research funding are emphasised in the position. The duties also include supervision of thesis and teaching practice. Multidisciplinary collaboration and research-based teaching-learning experiments are seen as an important part of the job.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of senior lecturer are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The selected person is required to have a command of Finnish language. In certain cases, the University may grant exemption from this requirement. The selected person is also required to have a good command of English language and an ability to teach in English.

The senior lecturer in pedagogy of natural sciences is expected to have versatile expertise in the field of natural sciences and education. The qualification of a natural science teacher is regarded as an advantage. The applicants are expected to have experience in high-quality multidisciplinary research and research funding applications, as a teacher and in teacher education as well as international co-operation. Evidence of the development of the school or the teacher education from the perspective of the pedagogy of natural sciences and environmental education is regarded as a special advantage. The senior lecturer is expected to be well aware of subject teacher and class teacher education, to participate in their science-based development and carry out research in accordance with the areas of research strength of the faculty and the department of teacher education.

The job-specific salary component of a senior lecturer is based on the job demands level 5-7 (2 865,30 €/kk - 3 851,33 €/kk) 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 positions are first filled.

For further information, please contact Head of Department of Teacher Education, Sirpa Eskelä-Haapanen,, tel. +358 408054956 or Professor Jouni Viiri,, tel. +358 505353611.

The application should include:

1) 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:
2) A numbered list of all scientific and other publications in which the applicant wishes to prove his/her eligibility and merits. The list should be created according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland (see:
3) Applicant´s five (5) selected publications for assessment, numbered in accordance with the list of publications (as a single pdf-file)
4) A short (1-2 pages) description of the applicant´s padagogical training and teaching merits (teaching portfolio)
5) A short ( 1-2 pages) description of the applicats´s academic research and scientific merits

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