Associate professor (tenure track), gerontoly and public health

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 an associate professor (tenure track) in gerontology and public health, from 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, for a fixed period of five years.

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

The associate professor’s duties consist of conducting and leading research in active ageing, and academic teaching especially at masters’ and doctoral levels. The profiling project of research at the University of Jyväskylä (Profi4), funded by the Academy of Finland, “Active Ageing and Care in 2040” will be carried out in collaboration with the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences and the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The goal is to create knowledge that will help prolonging the active life-expectancy.

The selected person is expected to conduct independent research, that taps on the research infrastructure at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences and the infrastructures provided be the networks in this field. Also active input in the development of the research area, supervising dissertations, developing interdisciplinary gerontological research, acquiring research funding based on quality, and participating in reseach-based teaching and postgraduate education is expected. Engagement in societal interaction in the field of expertise is also required in the position.

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

The appointment is for a fixed period of five years, see tenure track path. An especially distinguished and unquestionably qualified person may exceptionally be appointed directly to the position of professor presuming there is no candidate available who is more competent and suitable candidate for the position. The purpose of the fixed-term is, that the Associate Professor gathers enough merits for full Professor position. When an employee has been selected for a fixed-term associate professorship, an evaluation procedure is used regarding the employee’s merits for a professorship filled through an invitation procedure. The evaluation procedure shall begin before the end of the fixed-term contract. The evaluation procedure follows the same practices used in the expert evaluation procedure for filling a professorship. 

The Associate Professor’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands levels 7 (€ 3889,84/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. 

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

For more information, please contact

Professor Taina Rantanen, +358408053590 or

Professor Sarianna Sipilä, +358408053593

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 pedagogical training and teaching merits (see:,

5)  Short (2-3 pages) explanation of the applicant’s international activities and experience in societal interaction,

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

7)  Short (2-3 pages) explanation how the applicant intends to develop the research, and education in the field of gerontology and public health at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences.


Please submit your application at the latest on Sunday, July 1st 2018 using the online application form.