University Teacher in English

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

University Teacher in English, for a fixed-term period from August 1, 2018 until December 31, 2021.

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 University Teacher’s position is allocated to the discipline of English ( The Department of Language and Communication Studies provides high quality academic education in language and communication studies. Research in the department investigates the significance of language and communication in relation to individuals, communities and the society (for more details, see

In the University Teacher’s position teaching is the primary task, and it includes the areas of 1) communication skills, 2) the study of language, and 3) language, culture and society.  Demonstrated results in conducting research and teaching are regarded as advantage.

The duties and qualification requirements for the position of the University Teacher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines.  The  proficiency in English required in this position is at the level of a native speaker, or of a speaker whose language of education has been English. The selected person is also required to have a full command of the Finnish language. When considered appropriate, the university may grant exemption from the language proficiency requirements. Non-Finnish personnel are expected to acquire at least intermediate skills of Finnish within three years from the start of their employment.

In addition, the following skills and achievements are regarded as merits: (i) experience in teaching, (ii) pedagogical training, (iii) teaching materials produced by the applicant, (iv) other merits in teaching, and, when appropriate, (v) demonstrated teaching skills, as well as (vi) other skills and achievements relevant to the task of the University Teacher. Research in the (vii) key research areas of the department  relevant to the language subjects (’Discourses, participation and mobility in a multilingual and multicultural world’, and ‘Language learning and teaching in changing learning environments’) is also considered a merit: (see ).


The University Teacher’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands levels 4-5 (2.475,31 - 2.865,30 €/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.

Four months trial period is applied to the filling of the position.

For more information, please contact Professor Sirpa Leppänen, e-mail:, tel. +358 40 8053201 or Professor Arja Piirainen-Marsh, e-mail:  tel. +358 408053221.

Following documents must be included in English to the electronic recruiting system:


  1. Motivation letter,
  2. 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:,
  3. Short (2-3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s research activities, merits in scientific work and supervision of research  and its connection to the main research areas of the discipline
  4. Short (2-3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits (see:,
  5. A numbered list of publications covering the applicant’s the scientific and other publications according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland (see:,
  6. Information about possibly given prior trial lectures.

Please submit your application at the latest on April, 1 , 2018  using the online application form.