Research director

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 Faculty is currently seeking to recruit a research director, from 1 March 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter, in effect until further notice.

Education and research in sport sciences in Finland are concentrated at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences of the University of Jyväskylä. Physical activity and health, as well as their relationships and promotion, are explored there from a multidisciplinary perspective, with the improvement of health, functional ability and wellbeing across the human lifespan as the key aim.

An important national responsibility of the Faculty is teacher education in sport and health sciences. There are two main lines of study at the Faculty: Sport Sciences and Health Sciences. There are three disciplinary groups at the Faculty: Biology of Physical Activity, Behavioral and Social Sciences of Sport and Health Sciences. There are also three research centres at the Faculty: the Neuromuscular Research Centre, the Gerontology Research Center and the Research Centre for Health PromotionThe faculty has 27 professorships. The number of staff is about 200. The focal points of the faculty's international research activities are the sport-based Health Science, in particular gerontological research and research in biology of physical activity. The faculty has a unique and versatile research infrastructure including biomechanics, biochemistry, physiotherapy, clinical sports physiology, exercise physiology, imaging, and cell and molecular biology laboratories and their measuring equipment ranging from system level to molecular level. The new sports and health laboratory planned by the University of Jyväskylä will further improve the research environment. 

The task of the Research Director is to lead and develop an internationally unique laboratory complex of the faculty of sport and health sciences, including laboratories for biochemistry, cell and molecular biology and physical measurements, as well as the technical workshop for research. The research director acts as a superior for a team of more than 10 employees, assisting a wide range of researchers and students in research projects. There will be appointed members of the research staff of biochemistry and physical measurements to assist the research director in substantive matters. 

The research director also acts as a representative of the university and the faculty in bio-bank and the post also involves participation in the teaching of the faculty. The Research Director participates as an expert in decision-making of the faculty in relation to laboratory activities and the development of research infrastructures. Especially for biochemistry and cell and molecular biology laboratories, the research director is responsible for the activities, as well as for their methodological capabilities and safety as well as establishing conditions for research, such as the acquisition of complementary research funding within his/her research area. 

A research director is expected to have a doctoral degree and at least docent level evidence of his or her own research in the field of cellular and molecular biology and / or modern molecular genetics and physiology. Also experience gained in acquisiton of complementary research funding as well as good leadership and management skills are required. Successful management of the task and continuous development of laboratories for a modern research environment that takes into account future requirements, requires a research director both nationally and internationally active and successful research in their own field of expertise and diverse networking with various actors and researchers.

The application procedure provides more detailed information on the duties, qualification requirements and attachments, see: .

The job-specific salary component of the research director is based on the job demand level level 8-11 (€ 4 702,72 – 6 928,70/month) of the salary system concerning teaching and research staff at Finnish universities. In addition, a personal performance-based salary component amounting to a maximum of 46.3% of the job-specific salary component is also paid.

For more information, please contact:

Vice-dean, professor Sarianna Sipilä, phone 040 805 3593, sarianna.sipilä; or
professor Heikki Kainulainen, phone 050 330 2901,  


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

1)      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:;

2)      A numbered list of publications covering the applicant’s the scientific and other publications according to the instructions of the Academy of Finland (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 international activities and experience in societal interaction;

5)      Short (2-3 pages) description of the applicant's leadership and superior experience and the related competence as well as vision for the development of a research laboratory operating in an academic environment.

6)      A maximum of ten selected publications, which must be numbered according to the list of publications (and fixed to a one pdf file).

Please submit your application at the latest January 20th 2019 using the online application form.