Senior Lecturer, English Language

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The department is currently seeking to recruit  staff to the position of

Senior Lecturer, English language, from August 1, 2018 until further notice.

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 Senior Lecturer’s position is allocated to the Department of Language and Communication Studies to the discipline of English language The Department of Language and Communication Studies conducts 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 

The Senior Lecturer is expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level, plan and conduct research, guide and examine student dissertation work, supervise  postgraduate studies, and seek research funding. The position involves teaching in the areas of 1) language learning and teaching, 2) the structure and use of the English language, and 3) discourse and literacies. The Senior Lecturer is expected to actively conduct research in at least one of the key areas of research in the language subjects of the department: Language learning and teaching in changing learning environments’ and ’Discourses, participation and mobility in a multilingual and multicultural world’, and ‘(For more details, see

The duties and qualification requirements for the position of the Senior Lecturer are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations,and language skills guidelines. The Senior Lecturer needs to have a proficiency in English at the level of a native speaker, or of a speaker for whom English has been their language of education. The selected person is also required to have a full command of 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, previous research work, experience in teaching, pedagogical training, teaching materials produced by the applicant and other merits in teaching, and, when appropriate, demonstrated teaching skill, as well as other skills and achievements relevant to the task of Senior Lecturer are regarded as merits.

The Senior Lecturer’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands levels 5-7 (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 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 40 8053221.

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 including acquisition of supplement funding and  responsibilities in externally funded research projects,
  4. Short (2-3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s pedagogical training and teaching merits (see:,
  5. Numbered list of publications covering the applicant’s the scientific and other publications according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland (see:,
  6. Maximum of ten publications, which must be numbered according to the list of publications. 

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