2-4 Doctoral Students

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.

Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy is currently seeking to recruit

2-4 Doctoral Students, for a fixed term of maximum 2 years, starting on 1st of August 2018 or according to a separate agreement. 

Specialized in research on social, political and cultural transformations, the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy is one of the leading units in the field of social sciences in Finland. Our strengths include high quality of research, good international reputation, active participation in public discussion as well as supportive and student friendly environment.The focus areas of research at the department of Social Sciences and Philosophy are:

  1. Traditions of Philosophical and Political Thought
  2. Sustainable Societies
  3. Policies and Politics of Welfare and Care

The duties of the doctoral student will focus on postgraduate studies.

The duties and qualification requirements for the position of doctoral student is stipulated by  the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The selected person is required to have a full command of Finnish language. When considered appropriate, the university may grant exemption from the language proficiency requirements. A good command of English is required.

The doctoral students are required to have a master's degree and the right to postgraduate degree studies at the University of Jyväskylä. If the applicant does not have permission for post-graduate studies in the University of Jyväskylä, it must be applied with a separate application procedure from the proper faculty.

The doctoral student’s job-specific salary component is based on the job demands levels 1 - 4 (1826,50  €/month – 2 500,06 €/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 trial period of six months will be used when the position is first filled.

For further information, please contact Prof. Mika Ojakangas, tel. +358 40 805 4177, email: mika.ojakangas@jyu.fi or Prof. Tiina Silvasti, tel. +358-40-8054218, email: tiina.h.silvasti@jyu.fi


The application should include:

1.  An informal letter of application,
2.  A Curriculum Vitae (CV), complying with the guidelines for responsible conduct of research and following, where possible, the template CV for researchers by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (see: http://www.tenk.fi/en),
3.  A postgraduate study plan (max 2 pages),
4.  A research plan (max 3 pages),
5.  Letter of recommendation from the principal supervisor (up to 1 page).

Please submit your application at the latest on 30 April 2018 using the online application form.