University Teacher in German

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 University Language Centre is seeking to recruit staff for the position of University Teacher in German as of 1 September 2018 until further notice

The University of Jyväskylä Language Centre is a multicultural expert unit for academic language learning and teaching. Its staff consists of 40 full-time employees and 40 part-time teachers. Our primary task is to organise communication and language studies for all bachelor’s and master’s degree students at the University of Jyväskylä, in compliance with the Government Decree on University Degrees. We provide nearly 700 courses in 18 languages every year. In addition, we organise academic writing and communication courses for doctoral students, communication and language training for the University’s staff, and support the University’s publication activities by providing translation and editing services.

In this position of university teacher, the emphasis is on teaching German for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students in the faculties of the University, as well as for the staff. The tasks also include planning and developing teaching, learning materials, testing and assessment in German, both independently and in a team. Administrative tasks related to teaching German are also part of the work, as are common development work at the Language Centre. The focus is still on teaching.

The duties, qualification requirements and language skills of university teacher are stipulated by the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. University teaching and research staff are expected to speak Finnish. When considered appropriate, the University may grant an exemption from the language proficiency requirements. The applicant must have native-level language skills in German. Good English skills and the ability to teach in English are regarded as an advantage. The qualification to teach another language in addition to German is also an advantage for the applicant.

The selected candidate is expected to have expertise and diverse experience in research-based academic teaching in the German language and culture. Business studies or teaching experience in the field of business and economics is an advantage for the applicant. To succeed in the position, the candidate must be familiar with current research on adult language learning and teaching as well as have proven experience of pedagogical development and research-based teaching.

The university teacher should be able to utilise new teaching methods, develop teaching with the help of educational technology, produce learning materials and actively develop the teaching profession. The ability to utilise ICT in teaching and student guidance as well as experience of flexible modes of learning are emphasised in the selection. Further assets in the position include good interaction skills and the ability to create networks and cooperate with other language centre teachers and the staff of different departments.

The university teacher’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands level 4–5 (€2475.31–2865.30/month) in the salary system for teaching and research staff at Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal performance is paid, corresponding to a maximum of 46.3% of the job-specific salary component. The position will begin with a trial period of four months. 

The call for applications is available in German at

For further information, please contact:  Director Peppi Taalas (  and University Teacher Mari Kanninen (

Please attach the following documents to the online application:

1) Curriculum vitae (CV), composed according to good academic practice and, where possible, considering the template for a researcher’s curriculum vitae by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (see

2) Account of teaching merits (TEACHING PORTFOLIO). The account of teaching merits is a document supplementing the CV, in which you present your teaching and pedagogical thinking as well as development as a teacher from the perspective of this position. In practice, this account is a compact two- to three-page text, to which you attach critically selected samples (see instructions at

Please submit your application by 8 April 2018 using the online application form. You can also complete the Finnish or English application form in German.