Associate Professor (tenure track), Music Education

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Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies is currently seeking to recruit an

Associate Professor (tenure track), Music Education starting January 1st 2019 for a fixed-term period of five years.

The Associate Professor’s position is allocated to the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies. Music Education forms an entity with Musicology and Music Therapy, which has close cooperation with the other disciplines in the department. Important collaborator is the Finnish Music Campus, grounded with the Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia and the University of Applied Sciences. The Finnish Music Campus is one of the key areas of EduFutura consept.

The Associate Professor’s position is allocated to the discipline of Music Edu-cation. Music Education provides skills required in teaching music in com-prehensive and secondary schools and other general education. The key areas of research include music pedagogy, music education and educational psychology, educational music technology, special education, and multicultural research. The predominant research orientation is based on socio-constructive learning theories as well as the theories of extended cognition, emphasizing interaction.

The appointment procedure provides more detailed information on the duties, qualification requirements and attachments, see: The qualification requirements should be met before the closing time of this apply.

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 (3 889,84 €/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 Head of the Department, Professor Heikki Hanka, e-mail:, tel. +358 400 247 417 or Professor Petri Toiviainen, e-mail., tel. +358 50 354 1753.

The application must include the following documents in English (the name of the applicant must be mentioned in the file name):

  1. A CV of the applicant, 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 all scientific and other publications – drawn up according to the categorisation of the Academy of Finland – with which the candidate wishes to demonstrate his or her eligibility and merits for the post:;
  3. A brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s scientific research, merits in scientific activities and supervision of research work, including an account of acquired complementary research funding and  the responsibilities related to the research conducted through such funding and in international activities;
  4. A brief (2-3 pages) written account of pedagogical training and teaching merits. See:  Teaching portfolio model;
  5. A brief (2-3 pages) written account of the applicant’s societal interaction and international cooperation;
  6. A maximum of ten publications, numbered in accordance with the list of publications;
  7. A brief (2-3 pages) account of how the applicant intends to develop research, teaching and societal interaction in the field of Music Education.

Please submit your application at the latest on August 15th 2018  using the online application form.